Why Are We So Fascinated With Female Suicides?

Vice provoked the ire of denizens of decency around the web when they ran a fashion spread depicting photos of famous female authors in the act of doing themselves in. It has since been removed. But was it really in poor taste, or just poorly done? How should we talk about and show the complex tragedy of suicide? » 6/23/13 4:30pm 6/23/13 4:30pm

Harper Re-Releasing 1956 Coming-Of-Age Novel Chocolates For Breakfast

I don't make a habit of reviewing galleys of books that get sent to me, because — unlike panning The Hangover 3 or something, after which Todd Phillips will probably not show up at my house with tear-stained sleeves — there is the distinct possibility that the author will read my review, and I don't like to hurt… » 5/25/13 3:30pm 5/25/13 3:30pm

Sylvia Plath Wrote a Children's Book and It's Delightful

Sylvia Plath, the brilliant, tragic literary giant you were Most Likely to Be Obsessed With in high school, isn't all Ariel and The Bell Jar. In 1959, she wrote The It-Doesn't-Matter Suit, a children's book about Max Nix, a boy who longs for an awesome all-purpose suit. Although all six of his older brothers find… » 3/27/13 9:30pm 3/27/13 9:30pm

'The Bell Jar' Gets a Hideous Makeover

If Sylvia Plath hadn't already killed herself, she probably would've if she saw the new cover of her only novel The Bell Jar. For a book all about a woman's clinical depression that's exacerbated by the suffocating gender stereotypes of which she's expected to adhere and the limited life choices she has as a woman,… » 1/23/13 5:00pm 1/23/13 5:00pm

All Of Your Favorite Female Writers, In Doll Form

Holiday gift alert for any of your literary-minded friends! Flavorwire happened upon an Etsy shop called Uneek Doll Designs that sells handcrafted dolls of famous authors. My favorites, above, are Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, and Judy Blume. Can you imagine if people gave these dolls — along with the books of by said… » 12/12/11 5:45pm 12/12/11 5:45pm

What Do Bradshaw, Plath, And De Beauvoir Have In Common? An Addiction…

There's an article in today's Guardian asking Can a feminist really love Sex and the City? The short answer: yes. A woman's pop cultural affections often have very little to do with her belief system. But the other question implicit in this article would be "Is Carrie Bradshaw a proper feminist icon?" That question is… » 4/16/08 3:20pm 4/16/08 3:20pm