A short column titled “Winning the Appropriation Prize” published in early May has sparked a small but fiery debate in the Canadian literary community over race, representation, and, for some, free speech. The column appeared in Write, a small magazine produced by the Writer’s Union of Canada (TWUC); in it, Hal…
The narrator of Katie Kitamura’s novel A Separation has a secret. After five years of marriage, the unnamed narrator is separated from her philandering husband Christopher. He has asked for a divorce and, alienated from marriage and her spouse, she readily agrees. There’s just one catch: Christopher has also asked her…
“In Memory of Charlotte Nicholls,” the plainly printed, black and white memorial card from 1855 reads. The card, which is included at the end of the Morgan Library and Museums’s exhibition, “Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will,” is almost startling to see, a simple reminder that the author of some of English…
Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin, perhaps unnerved by the similarities between Donald Trump and the barbaric King Joffrey, made an appearance on the campaign trail to support Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Our chill, astronomically famous BFF Jennifer Lawrence has been cast to star in Zelda, a film about tragic writer and socialite Zelda Fitzgerald. The film is Ron Howard’s latest development project, one he may helm as director.
At a keynote speech at an Australian book festival, the novelist Lionel Shriver was scheduled to speak about “community and belonging,” instead she donned a sombrero and spoke about the dangers of cultural appropriation.
Where are all my Bloomsbury Group(ies)? A film chronicling the romance between Virginia Woolf—novelist, essayist, and foundational feminist thinker—and fellow author Vita Sackville-West is in the works.
In a demonstration of optimism, a group of over 450 writers, including Junot Diaz, Stephen King and Cheryl Strayed, released a petition on Tuesday to decry Donald Trump’s candidacy. I guess we can all go home!
In a provocative profile from The Guardian, actress and Love & Friendship star Chloe Sevigny reflects on her past work with controversial figures like photographer Terry Richardson—who has been accused of sexual assault—Larry Clark, and Lars von Trier. Cumulatively, her experiences have left her with “total disdain…
Katherine Dunn, the author of the darkly beautiful, disturbing, surreal carnival novel Geek Love, died on May 11 at age 70. Her son told Willamette Week the cause was complications from lung cancer.
A 22-year-old man is failing his feminist studies class at UCLA, and, lucky for him, both his mother and Jezebel are here to help. Here we are, helping.
If you were a bookish, dreamy child of the 90s, it’s likely that you remember Mara Wilson. Star of Matilda, the 1996 film adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic, Wilson’s performance nourished the souls of those of us who sought refuge in our bookcases. Over the last two decades, Wilson has stepped away from Hollywood…
At an April 2 conference held at Boston University, literary journalist Gay Talese remarked to his audience that he could not name a single woman writer who inspired him. Wow guy!
In 1976, The Female Eunuch author Germaine Greer commenced an affair with novelist Martin Amis, at the time a dashing young scamp with literary heft and a Mick Jagger haircut. She found him so enchanting that one day in March of that year, midway through a lecture tour, the feminist author filled a notebook with a…
Fifty years after her death, Flannery O’Connor has officially made it—she’s going to be on stamp. Set to be released as part of the USPS Literary Arts commemorative series, the stamp depicts O’Connor surrounded by peacock feathers. Linn’s Stamp News, my new favorite website, reported on the mail’s newest star.
Saturday Night Live has been accused of plagiarism after a sketch from this week’s episode was discovered to be more than a little similar to a 5-month-old sketch from the Canadian series, This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Who will police the Fashion Police? Kathy Griffin, apparently.
Tao Lin, alt-lit mainstay, author of seven novels and contributor to Thought Catalog, Vice, The Stranger, and other publications has been accused of statutory rape and abuse by the person he dated when she was only 16 and he was 22.
When troubles arise in the world of Harry Potter, wizards cast charms. Rich celebrities, on the other hand, summon fleets of very well-paid lawyers. Hence J.K. Rowling has just sued the
Daily Prophet Daily Mail for libel. Expelliarmus!
If you're intrigued by the words "subatomic bisexual orgy," today is your day. The winner of the 2013 Bad Sex in Fiction award has been announced. Once again, it's a man!