To Query or Not to Query: That is the Neverending Million-Dollar Hair-Pulling-Out-of-Head Question

Direct quote from me to a composer friend the other day: “I’m so fucking sick of being a fiction writer.” Read More To Query or Not to Query: That is the Neverending Million-Dollar Hair-Pulling-Out-of-Head Question

Lunchtime Poll: Best Book You’ve Never Read

I’ve been attempting to read more lately as I have many, many books on my shelf waiting to be finished. I’m currently reading Cory Doctorow’s For the Win, and have Suzanne Collins’s Catching Fire in my backlog, already started. Read More Lunchtime Poll: Best Book You’ve Never Read

Birthday Giveaway: INFINITE DISPOSABLE by Sara Habein and Tyson Habein

P-Mag doesn’t have “bookish” in its description for nothing. Would you like to get your mitts on a signed, limited edition collection of fiction paired with photography?

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Book Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

And now he understood. He really got, that it wasn’t going to happen. He’d wasted so much time thinking, it’s all a dream and it should have been somebody else, and nothing lasts forever. It was time he started acting like who he was: a nineteen year old student at a secret college for real, actual magic.”

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Book Review: Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

In the past five years or so, a new sub-genre of the memoir and humor sections has sprung up: female TV comedy writers writing semi-autobiographical collections of essays. From Amy Sedaris to Chelsea Handler, just in the past year there’s been Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Hilary Winston’s My Boyfriend Wrote A Book About Me (which I still haven’t decided whether I liked or not), and, this month, Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).  Some of these books are good, some are great, some are in the eye of the beholder. With certainty, I can say that, if you like this site, Kaling’s book is definitely in one of the first two categories for you.

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Book Review: The Beauty Myth

I just finished reading The Beauty Myth for the first time. Wow. Wolf certainly did a lot of research in order to write this book, and I appreciate much of it. The chapters “Work,” “Culture” and “Sex” were especially interesting reads, as they cited statistics on beauty standards at work (and how women lose by either being “too beautiful” or not “beautiful” enough) and how “beauty pornography” is linking beauty with sexual attraction and performance in very wrong ways. Read More Book Review: The Beauty Myth

My Vegan Ethical Education in Four Books

Organizing my books after a recent move, I revisited my ethical education in animal rights. When I first began studying animal rights and veganism, I grabbed every book I could get my hands on to further understand the issues involved and inform my activism. Below is a brief overview of four of the books I find most insightful  when it comes to considering the rights of animals. Read More My Vegan Ethical Education in Four Books