Imagine if everyone had a twin, inextricably linked, yet entirely separate.
Hello again, bookish and clever ladies! I’m here today to share the best books I’ve read so far this year. It’s time to do some reflecting on the last many months and separate the wheat from the chaff. (Is that actually something people say? I’m saying it.)
This week we’ve got some good news, some Oscars news, and the usual assortment of fucked up shit. Let’s get down to business. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.)
There’s not too much news to report this week, though what little there is still manages to be rage-inducing. However, I have a ton of awesome recommended readings for you, from listicles about ridiculous sex advice and the ignorant things people ask trans* people to discussions about doxxing and victim-blaming. Let’s jump on in! (As usual, […]
It all started with my sister posting a picture on Facebook with the comment, “Who the hell would wear this?” Answer: I would, and I do.
Every few months or so, someone on my Facebook newsfeed or elsewhere will put out a general call for book recommendations. Other friends will chime in, and the discussion that ensues makes us all end up adding more books to our to-read mental lists. In the spirit of those sorts of posts, from the semi-varied […]
Talking rats, striped stockings, a good cup of tea, and a long stay at the most “experimental” madhouse in Victorian London. What else would one expect from Emilie Autumn?
Last night I finished a book that my 15-year-old sister recommended to me. She may have recommended it to me a few years back – I have a massive to-read list (let’s talk books!), but I always get to things eventually. Between this book and the last that I read, I’ve been pretty immersed in other […]
“Am I shitting? It feels like I’m shitting!”
Naomi Wolf is a well-established third-wave feminist known for her book The Beauty Myth. In 2012, she came out with a new biography centered both in and around her lady parts. The book was not well received. Katie Roiphe of Slate said of Vagina that, “I doubt the most brilliant novelist in the world could have created a more […]
[TW: weight, body image, gastric bypass] I have”¦ mixed feelings about Skinny, Donna Cooner’s debut YA novel about a teen who undergoes gastric bypass surgery. On the one hand, I’m glad it exists. On the other, I wish it weren’t quite so preachy.
I like Jen Lancaster. There, I said it. She’s not Dostoyevsky, we don’t see eye to eye politically and there’s no way I’d willingly move to the Chicago suburbs. But she’s neurotic and owns her quirks without being all “tee hee! I’m quirky, y’all!” Also, we shared a magical evening back when her second book was […]
I’ve been saying for a while now (mostly to myself but sometimes to future Mr. paperispatient) that I’d like to do more reviews for this column…
If you’ve been reading this column long enough, you know that we’re not just interested in sex – we’re also big nerds and love books. So when the folks at Tickle Kitty contacted us to see if we wanted to review Dr. Sadie Allison’s newest book, we jumped at the chance. Even if you’ve never thought […]
“We’re pretty sure the cop is a Controller. And I don’t care what you say, Jake, I think Tom is, too. So, here’s the deal. You want to get into this fight against the Yeerks?” Marco asked me. “Fine. Let’s see how much you want to do it when it turns out it’s your own […]