Perhaps he failed to take seriously his own despair.
Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

Autobiographical works of art are not autobiographical works of nonfiction, a tautology that spawns thinkpieces with every Sad Young Literary Man’s latest take on his fabulously unique life. But we never make the jump, with women. All women are de facto character actors, unless they are virginal ingenues or femme fatales, because all stories—we have an abiding sense—are written by men. And the ones that aren’t (if we can’t fill in the authorial blanks with imaginary Svengalis, with showrunner daddies taking the work in hand; if we can’t self-soothe away the cognitive dissonance), we despise: Veena Sud, Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Emily Gould get subjected to a rigorous rundown of their arrogance, their absolute gall, in treating their own lives as uniquely fascinating in and of themselves.


Any one of these women may be an asshole, but probably not all of them. That sounds unlikely. And moreover, it doesn’t matter: When somebody tells you their story, and your response is “Who the fuck do you think you are to tell a story,” the asshole is you.

Lena Dunham Demonstrates Once Again Why Women Can’t Be Funny

h/t rachelfershleiser for posting quotes from this earlier today. Please read the whole piece. It’s great, and the title is deceiving.  

thebooksmith:

“Race is there; it exists. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it.” -Jon Stewart

thebooksmith:

Race is there; it exists. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it.” -Jon Stewart

(via alainawaagner)

lindsayrobertson:

"By the way nobody knows. Nobody knows what the f—k is going on. You’re going to die. You’re going to lay next to the people that you know the most in life, the people that you’re going to grow old with. But you’re going to lay next to them in the middle of the night deeply curious about them and who they are, because nobody f—king knows anything."

- Kristen Stewart, of all people, has figured it out.

(via rachelfershleiser)

coverspydc:

#NatBookFest is almost here! Two ace agents will infiltrate the Convention Center on a special mission to post live from the Festival. Don’t miss the secrets they’ll spill!
Other asides from the world of CoverSpy:
1. Do you like books? Are you nosy? If you answered yes to both those questions, you are CoverSpy material! If you’re in DC, email dc@coverspy.com to be read into your mission. If you live in/near NYC, San Francisco, Toronto, Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, there is a chapter for you!
2. Sign up for The Intelligence Report, a monthly debriefing from the CoverSpy chapters on all the latest happenings. (Secret: Lots of ‘happenings’ are on the way.)
3. In the spirit of Labor Day weekend, tell us your favorite outdoor reading experience from this summer (book and location)!


Holy poop, coverspydc is so great. Keep an eye on them for dispatches from National Book Festival!
And have you signed up for The Intelligence Report yet? Do it. 
My absolute favorite reading spot was Coney Island Beach this summer while I was finishing up The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. 

coverspydc:

#NatBookFest is almost here! Two ace agents will infiltrate the Convention Center on a special mission to post live from the Festival. Don’t miss the secrets they’ll spill!

Other asides from the world of CoverSpy:

1. Do you like books? Are you nosy? If you answered yes to both those questions, you are CoverSpy material! If you’re in DC, email dc@coverspy.com to be read into your mission. If you live in/near NYC, San Francisco, Toronto, Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Seattle, there is a chapter for you!

2. Sign up for The Intelligence Report, a monthly debriefing from the CoverSpy chapters on all the latest happenings. (Secret: Lots of ‘happenings’ are on the way.)

3. In the spirit of Labor Day weekend, tell us your favorite outdoor reading experience from this summer (book and location)!

Holy poop, coverspydc is so great. Keep an eye on them for dispatches from National Book Festival!

And have you signed up for The Intelligence Report yet? Do it. 

My absolute favorite reading spot was Coney Island Beach this summer while I was finishing up The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes. 

ninjasexfarty:

Important, always-relevant comic done by the wonderful Ursa Eyer.

(via phartmonster)

Me: What do you think about the Lakefront Andy? Is it good?
Male bartender: I like it a lot! It’s not for everyone though, it’s really light. Like, there’s no boobs on it.
Me: What the fuck?

To every writer and publishing professional:

Please know that my mom happily reads every acknowledgements section in every book she reads because “everyone named worked hard and has a mom that’s proud of them. And if their own moms aren’t proud of them, I’m proud of them!”

housingworksbookstore:

"I’m just excited to be a part of it. I’ve never seen a film like Wild where the woman ends up with no man, no money, no family, no opportunity, but she still has a happy ending.”
—Reese Witherspoon on playing an “unsympathetic” female lead in Wild at How Wild Saved a ‘Lost’ Reese Witherspoon — Vulture

Well I was already on board with this because my girl velocipedestrienne loves Wild, but now I am SUPER on board.

housingworksbookstore:

"I’m just excited to be a part of it. I’ve never seen a film like Wild where the woman ends up with no man, no money, no family, no opportunity, but she still has a happy ending.”

—Reese Witherspoon on playing an “unsympathetic” female lead in Wild at How Wild Saved a ‘Lost’ Reese Witherspoon — Vulture

Well I was already on board with this because my girl velocipedestrienne loves Wild, but now I am SUPER on board.

thatenglishmajorquestion:

it is the year 2087. robots have taken over. chaos reigns. jk rowling is still refusing to admit she’s working on a marauders novel

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