lastnightsreading:

Megan Abbott at Barnes and Noble, Upper West Side, 7/28/14

lastnightsreading:

Megan Abbott at Barnes and Noble, Upper West Side, 7/28/14

timemagazine:

From Buffy to Bella, see how culture’s biggest vampires rank on our sexy-vs.-scary scale.

Reblogging solely for Bunnicula
"How could people live someplace that so obviously didn’t want them? All that romance about snow and seasons … You shouldn’t have to make a special effort not to die every time you left your house."

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

mittenstrings140plus said: Steel and Oak in the background? Ich bin ein New Wester!

Small world! The S & O smoked heff is sooooo good, you should try it if you haven’t already. I heard they ran out at the tap room, but I think you can still get it by the glass at the Paddle Wheeler! 

lastnightsreading:

Edan Lepucki at WORD Bookstore, 7/22/14

lastnightsreading:

Edan Lepucki at WORD Bookstore, 7/22/14

(via reblogbookclub)

megachikorita:

you kids these days with your rapidly growing concern for the state of the world and your knowledge of important issues at increasingly younger ages despite having been told your opinions don’t matter by the adults who put you in these situations

(Source: auxiliaryanimorphs, via theashleyclements)

I rewrote an 8,000 word story today. It was 6,000 words long when I started rewriting it, and I think only like 3,000 of those words survived to see the next draft. In writer math, that means I wrote eleventy-thousand words today, right? 
My reward: IPA and Rainbow Rowell. 

I rewrote an 8,000 word story today. It was 6,000 words long when I started rewriting it, and I think only like 3,000 of those words survived to see the next draft. In writer math, that means I wrote eleventy-thousand words today, right? 

My reward: IPA and Rainbow Rowell. 

cinematicnomad:

apparently e.l. james called former child star mara wilson (matilda) a “sad fuck” for critiquing the 50shades books a while ago and now there’s a feud. i love it.

I can attest to the awesomeness/hottness of The Boss, even though I’m still making my way through the first book in the series. It’s just a really funny, really sexy remedy for all of the NOPE-induced pain of 50 Shades. 

Jenny Trout (aka Abigail Barnette) gets a lot of shit from hardcore 50 fans with poor reading comprehension, which is a shame because her recaps (of 50 Shades, of Buffy) are a goddamn public service. They’ll make you laugh, they’ll make you rage, and they’ll make you a better writer. 

(via scenicartdepository)

"Post-apocalyptic films are by now a kind of pornography, in which the apocalypse leads to some kind of renewal of the world, usually–just not right away. I wonder sometimes if this expectation, built into us by Christian ideas of the End Times, are part of what gives us such an appallingly relaxed attitude toward the end of the world. A kind of “don’t worry, it’ll all work out for the best” idea."

— From Alexander Chee’s thoughts on Snowpiercer. 

gookygox:

corpsecaddy:

So I found this harlequin romance paperback today, and normally I just toss those right over without paying them much mind, but the cover of this one made me pause. Sure that the artist was just taking liberties, I checked out the back.

I’m dubious. I should read a passage:

It is a literal bear.
Okay yeah I’ll admit it I’m going to read this but only because it sounds like the most fucked up romance novel in existence.
But wait….

You have some explaining to do, Canada.

wtf Canada?!
even worse, you gave this book one of your most prestigious awards?!?!?!
“Since their creation in 1937, the Governor General’s Literary Awards have become one of Canada's most prestigious prizes…”
I am disappoint. :(

number 23. 

gookygox:

corpsecaddy:

So I found this harlequin romance paperback today, and normally I just toss those right over without paying them much mind, but the cover of this one made me pause. Sure that the artist was just taking liberties, I checked out the back.

image

I’m dubious. I should read a passage:

image

It is a literal bear.

Okay yeah I’ll admit it I’m going to read this but only because it sounds like the most fucked up romance novel in existence.

But wait….

image

You have some explaining to do, Canada.

wtf Canada?!

even worse, you gave this book one of your most prestigious awards?!?!?!

Since their creation in 1937, the Governor General’s Literary Awards have become one of Canada's most prestigious prizes…”

I am disappoint. :(

number 23

(Source: weirdbooksifind, via sheakoshan)

Tags: canlit

lastnightsreading:

Julia Fierro at Astoria Bookstore, 7/15/14

lastnightsreading:

Julia Fierro at Astoria Bookstore, 7/15/14

slaughterhouse90210:

“Basically, I realized I was living in that awful stage of life between twenty-six to and thirty-seven known as stupidity. It’s when you don’t know anything, not even as much as you did when you were younger, and you don’t even have a philosophy about all the things you don’t know, the way you did when you were twenty or would again when you were thirty-eight.” ― Lorrie Moore, Anagrams

slaughterhouse90210:

“Basically, I realized I was living in that awful stage of life between twenty-six to and thirty-seven known as stupidity. It’s when you don’t know anything, not even as much as you did when you were younger, and you don’t even have a philosophy about all the things you don’t know, the way you did when you were twenty or would again when you were thirty-eight.”
― Lorrie Moore,
Anagrams

tastefullyoffensive:

[nyxtro]

Top Ten Movies and TV Shows

Story is story, which is why this week’s prompt for The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday feature is Television and Movies. Here are five of my favourites in each medium.

TOP FIVE MOVIES

1. Stranger than Fiction
I actually wrote a blog post about why I love this movie so much on my poorly maintained author website, way back in 2012. Basically it boils down to my deep abiding love of cookies and puns. 

2. Jennifer’s Body does amazing things with horror tropes, especially where they concern women and women’s bodies. Don’t let the poster design fool you — this movie, written by Diablo Cody, isn’t just another sex-and-gore creature feature. At its heart, it’s a story about toxic teenage friendships. 

3. Labyrinth
You remind me of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. Who do? You do. What? Remind me of the babe.   

4. The Descent is a female-driven horror movie with crazy strong character development and absolutely horrifying physical effects. Even thinking about this movie makes me tense, which means Director Neil Marshall did his job right. (FAIR WARNING: Skip the sequel.) 

5. Cabin in the Woods is a self-aware horror/scifi movie. There are a lot of genre films that play with tropes on this list, but I like Cabin so much because it implicates the viewer of the movie in it’s making, but not in a way that alienates the audience (which is a common criticism of the indie zombie film Pontypool, another favourite of mine that does not quite make Top Five). Cabin in the Woods succeeds because it still gives us what we want from a movie with a title like that— it just points out that we’re the ones who keep asking for it even as we complain about its formulaity.  

TOP FIVE TV SHOWS

1. Dead Like Me
I was full-on obsessed with Hannibal earlier this year, but I’ve got to say — Dead Like Me is still my favourite Bryan Fuller project. There’s just something about life and death (and life after death) in the Pacific Northwest that keeps me hooked. Plus, Mandy Patinkin!!!

2. My So-Called Life
The nostalgia, it runs deep. This show was already a classic by the time I was watching reruns on late-night cable in 2003, but I feel like that 90s disaffected-youth thing is timeless (and Angela and Co’s wardrobes are back in in style, somehow). My So-Called Life is completely unafraid of feeling, which is something I think a lot of young writers can learn from as they struggle to be taken seriously.  

3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Though I will say, having rewatched the whole series with a non-fan last year, that there is a lot of it that doesn’t hold up. I still love it, but I wonder if I would love it as much if I was watching it for the first time now? I find Jenny Trout’s hilarious recaps often point out things about the episodes that irk me, and provide some great writing advice to boot. 

4. Parks and Recreation 
I’m a season behind, but this faux-documentary style show about local government employees in Pawnee, Indiana, is the perfect combination of absurd comedy and heart. All of the characters are just weird enough and just lovable enough that you don’t see the “type” they’re based on. The first season is rough, admittedly, but if you can stick out those six episodes and make it to season 2, you will be rewarded, friends. 

5. The Mindy Project
A recent favourite, for a lot of the same reasons as Parks and Rec. If the NSA is tracking my internet usage, I hope they enjoy watching the last five minutes of season 2 episode 14 approximately a million and a half times in the last week. If I can ever write stories that give readers the feels this show has given me, I’ll die happy. 

Chances are I already know what YOUR favourites are (this is tumblr, after all)!  But I’m always looking for new stuff to watch (and get obsessed with),  so let me know: What should I watch next!?

"Waffles loved or at least depended on Amy, which for cats probably amounted to the same thing. For her part, Amy loved Waffles with a passionate ferocity that she felt a little bit guilty about not being able to feel, most of the time, for humans. It probably helped that he was constantly doing cute shit and couldn’t speak."

Friendship by Emily Gould