The Typewriters of Famous Writers

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(Women and minorities need not apply, apparently.)

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Curse of The Avid Reader Card: Confess Your Preteen Porn!

A review of The Fug Girls‘ second novel [Forever Young Adult]

Taxicab Confessions, the book? [Huff Post Books Canada]

What explicit books did you read when you were a kid? [EW’s Shelf Life]

5 Reasons My Cat Should Be the Writer Instead of Me [A. Victoria Mixen, Writer]

Summer Reading 2012: Books for Kids of All Ages [Huff Post Books Canada]

The latest beach reads [NY Daily News]

10 Writing Myths [Writer’s Digest]

Why Jonathan Franzen sounds kind of like an asshole [Keith Mackenzie]

Five Signs You May Be Sabotaging Your Writing Career [Writer’s Relief]

Books That Make You Cry: Top 10 Tearjerkers [Huff Post Books Canada]

The Truth About Publishing [Ian Irvine]

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Some of the novel’s funniest, least sexy lines [EW’s Shelf Life]


Worth More Than a Thousand Words. *Updated with more pics*!

Feast your eyes on this while I go away to die of fangirl squeeing.

TONI MORRISON IS GETTING A BACKRUB FROM BARACK OBAMA OH MY GOD THIS PICTURE IS EVERYTHING!!

*Ahem*. I didn’t say I’d go away quietly.

Toni Morrison Receives The White House Medal of Honor.

*Updated with more pics, because I AM OBSESSED*


Curse of the Avid Reader Card: Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby!

The fine line between sex and erotica in literature [Huff Post Books Canada]

YA, the Mass Media, and White America: What’s Wrong, Why It’s Wrong, and How To Fix it [book brats]

Why would anyone think that an actor from one popular book-into-movie franchise would join the cast of another? [Jezebel]

When Hollywood Runs Out of Books to Turn Into Movies [Cracked]

Which states in the U.S.A are reading Fifty Shades of Grey the most? Probably the ones who don’t care about good writing. [Goodreads]

While we’re on the subject, more actors and actresses want to play control freak Christian Grey and dumbfuck Anastasia Steele [Huff Post Books Canada]


This Is Why The Phrase “Reading Is Fundamental” Was Invented.

The following is one of my biggest pet peeves.

Let’s say someone comments on a blog whose topic features a well-known name, for example – maybe a celebrity’s, political candidate’s or the one of prominent societal figure. And even though said name is clearly mentioned in said article SEVERAL times, for some reason, possibly a severe brain hemorrhage in between finishing the article and filling out the “comment here” field, that someone manages to horribly misspell that name. Or, in this case, put down an entirely different name.

And it’s not just in this one example I’m about to show you. I could tell you about many that I’ve seen in my years as an internet junkie, but I don’t wanna bore you with my troubles. (How did I manage to get through 180+ posts without quoting Stevie Wonder?!) I came across this incidence in particular whilst reading The Frisky, a pop culture blog that you may or may not have heard of. Well it’s certainly more popular than my blog, but there’s probably blogs about cats coughing up cat hair and paint drying that’s more popular than mine. The post featured an episode of Anderson Cooper’s eponymous talk show, where a woman is married to herself, or something. As you can see, Cooper’s name is mentioned at least once in the article. Aside from that, Anderson Cooper is a prominent, world-renowned journalist, so you’d kinda have to be living under a rock not to know who he is. So, then why this?

I’m even being nice here, neglecting to mention the lack of punctuation, the Selective Capitals and the use of “Humanitarian Reporter”, because I don’t even know what that is. Oh waitI did mention the other stuff. Anyway – who the hell is Carson? Did they mix him up with Johnny Carson, who is more than 40 years older and, um, dead? Or Carson Daly?!

Because they could be twins.

Nah. Better luck next time…”OK”. Nice screen name, by the by.


Down With OPB: Why “Nervous” Makes Me Nervous, Part 2: Abuse Of The Romantic Comedy Manual

Warning: this post contains explicit content. 

Here’s Part 2 of my review of Zane’s novel, Nervous. If you haven’t read Part 1, click here!

The Romance

You know, it’s really okay if a female protagonist doesn’t have a man at the end of a book. Really, really okay. She can still have a happy ending if she’s single, I promise. But. If you insist on her having a romantic interest and living happily ever after, at least make the romance somewhere in the realm of reality, for the love of God.

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Curse of The Avid Reader Card: Breast…err…BEST Book Signing Ever!



The New Yorker is Serial Tweeting Jennifer Egan’s New Short Story [Jezebel]

Jimmy Fallon gets flashed at his book signing [TMZ]

How to Write a Bestseller – According to the Formula [Huff Post Books Canada]

10 Epidemically Overrated Books [Flavorwire]

Kobo releases classic novels as digital comics [Quill and Quire]

Ten Fictional Characters People Need to Stop Idolizing [Flavorwire]

When fan fiction begets fan fiction [SFGate]

Neil Gaiman Commencement Speech [Huff Post Books Canada]

What Was The Most Boring/Terrifying Part of 50 Shades of Grey? [The Gloss]