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News

Friday News Bites: Feminist Lawmaking, Iowa Caucuses, Olympic Athlete Firsts + More

Happy Friday, everyone. We’re catching up on two weeks’ worth of news stories today, so let’s get started, and you can get a nice, shiny sense of somewhat informed accomplishment.

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Pop Culture

Rest in Peace, Starman: A David Bowie Tribute Post

We all hoped he’d be immortal on Earth, but alas, David Bowie returned to the universe this week.

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News

Friday News Bites: #Ferguson Updates, Terry Pratchett + More

It is Friday once again, friends, and lots has happened. Click on through for Ferguson updates, some science news, obituaries, and more.

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News

Friday News Bites: #BlackLivesMatter, #AliveWhileBlack + More

Though I have a few other news stories of note that I will cover in a separate post, the past two weeks have been all about reading up on Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s deaths and the abysmal stats and stories from around our country that clearly say these two men are not isolated cases. […]

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Books

Book Review: The Ocean at The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman

Would you believe that this is only the second Neil Gaiman book that I’ve ever read? I know, I am disappointed in this reading gap too, as it has happened for no good reason. I enjoy Gaiman’s writing immensely, and his new novel, The Ocean at The End of The Lane did not disappoint.

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Music

Women Who Rock: Amanda F’in Palmer

Would it really come as a big shock to you that someone who uses “F**king” as a middle name would end up causing a whole lot of controversy in the music world? Probably not. And that’s pretty much what Amanda F**king Palmer (not her legal name) did last year when she used Kickstarter to raise […]

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Travel

The House on the Rock: A Detour Worth Making

Last weekend, two of my friends and I packed all our things into my tiny car and drove out to Madison, Wisconsin for Teslacon. For the record, Teslacon is easily my favorite fan convention, and I’ve already bought my tickets for next year, but that’s not what I’m writing about today.

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Music

Wanted: A Theme Song for 2012

Theme songs are tricky things. I don’t mean television or movie themes, but rather those songs that come to hold an important place in your mind at a specific point in your life. This happens to everyone, right? A certain song gets, well, scratched into your soul. (I could try and write this entire piece […]

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Serious Business

P-Mag’s Smexiest People Alive

Smexy – adj. The unique blend of smart and sexy that makes Selena feel the good kind of funny and speak of herself in the third person. 

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Books

5 Books with PileofMonkeys

Tonight we’re sitting down with our beloved PoM to talk about the books she would give to the people in her life.

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Books

Nerdy Book Reviews: Good Omens

I was inspired to read Good Omens by our Middlemarch Madness voting this year, in which an unknown-to-me Neil Gaiman character (Anathema Device) made it pretty far. The book, a joint venture between Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, tells the story of the imminent apocalypse through the eyes of a slew of delightfully quirky characters.

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Writing

The Grammar Bitch’s Guide to Writing: Getting Started

“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.” ““ Neil Gaiman

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Books

A Tiny Hall of Mirrors

I love fairy tales. They are comforting and terrifying, illuminating and creepy, true and make-believe. Often they are all of these things at once. They tell us stories about ourselves, about the world around us, and about the way things are and can be.

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Writing

A Day in the Life of an Aspiring Novelist

10:00 am – Wake up to the sound of your cell phone ringing. You expectantly reach for it, hoping it’s this one agent you emailed last week, but it’s your sort-of boyfriend. You don’t pick up because if you’re going to get anything done today it can’t involve outings for Quizno’s subs or catching the […]