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.

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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

But the more I made new friends, the clearer it was to me that no one is ever really done making new friends, and very few people are averse to it. I used to assume that people ALREADY HAD THEIR FRIENDS, but that’s almost never the case. Even when people seem to be busy and social, they’re often very open to getting to know someone new.

Ask Polly: How do I make friends in my late 20s? // The Cut

The first AP over at NYMag’s The Cut, and she absolutely knocked it out.

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A List of “Men’s Rights” Issues That Feminism Is Already Working On

Feminists do not want you to lose custody of your children. The assumption that women are naturally better caregivers is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not like commercials in which bumbling dads mess up the laundry and competent wives have to bustle in and fix it. The assumption that women are naturally better housekeepers is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to have to make alimony payments. Alimony is set up to combat the fact that women have been historically expected to prioritize domestic duties over professional goals, thus minimizing their earning potential if their “traditional” marriages end. The assumption that wives should make babies instead of money is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want anyone to get raped in prison. Permissiveness and jokes about prison rape are part of rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want anyone to be falsely accused of rape. False rape accusations discredit rape victims, which reinforces rape culture, which is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be lonely and we do not hate “nice guys.” The idea that certain people are inherently more valuable than other people because of superficial physical attributes is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to have to pay for dinner. We want the opportunity to achieve financial success on par with men in any field we choose (and are qualified for), and the fact that we currently don’t is part of patriarchy. The idea that men should coddle and provide for women, and/or purchase their affections in romantic contexts, is condescending and damaging and part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be maimed or killed in industrial accidents, or toil in coal mines while we do cushy secretarial work and various yarn-themed activities. The fact that women have long been shut out of dangerous industrial jobs (by men, by the way) is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to commit suicide. Any pressures and expectations that lower the quality of life of any gender are part of patriarchy. The fact that depression is characterized as an effeminate weakness, making men less likely to seek treatment, is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be viewed with suspicion when you take your child to the park (men frequently insist that this is a serious issue, so I will take them at their word). The assumption that men are insatiable sexual animals, combined with the idea that it’s unnatural for men to care for children, is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want you to be drafted and then die in a war while we stay home and iron stuff. The idea that women are too weak to fight or too delicate to function in a military setting is part of patriarchy.

Feminists do not want women to escape prosecution on legitimate domestic violence charges, nor do we want men to be ridiculed for being raped or abused. The idea that women are naturally gentle and compliant and that victimhood is inherently feminine is part of patriarchy.

Feminists hate patriarchy. We do not hate you.

If you really care about those issues as passionately as you say you do, you should be thanking feminists, because feminism is a social movement actively dedicated to dismantling every single one of them. The fact that you blame feminists—your allies—for problems against which they have been struggling for decades suggests that supporting men isn’t nearly as important to you as resenting women. We care about your problems a lot. Could you try caring about ours?

Excerpt from If I Admit That Hating Men is a Thing, Will You Stop Turning it Into a Self-fulfilling Prophecy?, by Lindy West  (via lilac-time)

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