For Some Reason, Security Guards Hate It When You Take Your Tits Out

New York City! Depending on who you ask, it's either a liberal utopia of weirdness and character or a bubbling cesspool of sin and filth. But there are two things everyone can agree on: first — technically, it's legal for women to run around topless here and second — when you do that, security guards get mad. » 12/11/13 5:30pm 12/11/13 5:30pm

Jane Austen Novels Basically Cured WWI Depression

If the Dashwood sisters can find true love and Mr. Darcy can inspire a whole industry of erotic fanfiction, reading Jane Austen might really be the best thing to soothe one’s addled mind and remind us all that, sometimes, people really have adorable double marriages and miraculously recover from mysterious fevers. For… » 7/07/13 2:30pm 7/07/13 2:30pm

12-Year-Old South Bronx Girl Reads 300 Books A Year

Next time you're eyeing your dusty copy of Infinite Jest but end up in bed eating cheese fries and watching My Strange Addiction, remember the words of inspiring South Bronx sixth grader Neveah Mosher: "Being able to read is like the most wonderful thing ever. [...] If you give me a book and say it's good, I'll read it, … » 3/30/13 12:00pm 3/30/13 12:00pm

Magical Used Book Store Dispenses Random Literary Treasures

Fellow word nerds, I've got some news that's sure to turn your pages! Toronto bookstore, The Monkey's Paw, recently added a machine that dispenses random old books to the tune of $2 a pop. How it works is, you walk up, give it two dollars, it does a magic spell, and out drops a vintage novel for you to take home,… » 12/05/12 9:30am 12/05/12 9:30am

Pretty Soon, You Might Not Even Be Able to Judge a Book by Its Cover

Soon, in the fast-approaching dystopian future when the Fifty Shades saga is taught unironically at universities and the only ice cream flavor is strawberry, cover art for book jackets will be a lost skill, like long division or using a landline. That's a shame, considering artists like Chip Kidd, the art director at… » 8/05/12 4:00pm 8/05/12 4:00pm