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The Shortlist: Group Portraits

New books include Daniel Oppenheimer’s “Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and ­Reshaped the American Century.”

Big Issues: Pretty Deadly #8 lives up to its name with a gorgeous, gruesome issue

Each week, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance. This week, it’s Pretty Deadly #8. Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Captain Marvel) with art by Emma Ríos (Island, Mirror) and colorist JordieShow More Summary

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

On Our Radar Sarah Mirk Oh hi, it's Friday! Get free daily On Our Radar emails in your inbox by subscribing at the link under this post.  • “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli smirked his way through a Congressional investigation into how he raised prices of a life-saving drug by 5000 percent. Show More Summary

“I’m Not an Animal Anymore”

A rule of thumb: The more avidly you want an explanation of the meaning behind a powerful and cryptic work of art—from David Lynch’s Mullholland Drive to Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis—the less satisfying and comprehensive the answer can ever be. Show More Summary


5 Fandom Friday is a series hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick.This week’s Fandom Friday is all about OTPs. But I cannot choose just five, even narrowing it down to 5 TV ships was really hard. I can’t help it. I am a romantic. Show More Summary

Friday Fiction: Boy with the Dinosaur Hands

  The Boy with Dinosaur Hands: Nine Tales of the Real and Unreal Carusone 1998 Submitter: There are so many things going on with this book…a kid with dinosaur hands, horrible writing, crazy chapter titles, and the illustrations!  The worst part is that we have TWO copies of it in our Library!  Apparently the previous […]

Gerry Adams’s Baffling Book of Tweets

A man is sitting at a desk. He is gray-bearded and bespectacled, and his shirt sleeves are rolled smartly to the elbows. He is sucking on a lollipop, this man, and momentarily adrift in quiet reflection. He pulls the stick from his mouth and evaluates the diminished state of the confectionery, sucked down to a mere glistening fragment. Show More Summary

Movie Review: The Finest Hours

During the round of Pre-Oscars publicity in 2013, Emma Thompson said during The Hollywood Reporter’s Oscar Roundtable that when she was in her 30s, she was constantly offered roles where she would be the woman who runs up to the hero and says “Please don’t go and do that brave thing. Show More Summary

African American Media Outlets

  Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Eleventh Stack are celebrating Black History Month by highlighting books, music and movies by African American Artists. We also have a ton of great events and programs for children, teens and adults. You can … Continue reading ?

No You or Me: On Love, Death, and the Kindle

There is nothing I want less than to read from a tablet -- the thought of doing so irritates me irrationally -- and I’ve begun to wonder if my attachment to the physical book has anything to do with an attachment to my father, or at least my memory of him.

Covers & Cocktails Giveaway: Off to the Races

It’s February! And honestly, that has very little bearing on this tasty drink I’m about to make, aside from the fact that if I make a mint julep at noon on a Wednesday, I’ll forget about the fact that 2016 is already going by way too quickly for my comfort. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Karen Salyer McElmurray

Karen Salyer McElmurray talks about academia, the relationship between flaws and perfection, writing memoir, and the "tapestry" of writers who inspire her.

179. Goblins, Magical Librarians, and Fantasy Writing: An Interview with Jim C. Hines

Sarah and Carrie interview bestselling author Jim C. Hines about his upcoming book Revisionary, which is the end of his Libriomancer trilogy (which Carrie is VERY sad about). We also talk about fantasy, librarians, magic, ordering books...Show More Summary

Word Origin Comics: In the Same Boat Together

Find you life at sea? All hands on deck. All ashore that's going ashore. It's time for a cruise. "It's the man who waits for his ship to come in who's always missing the boat." ? Anonymous "If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet...Show More Summary

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of February

It’s a smashing month for new SF and fantasy. Don’t miss Pierce Brown’s incandescent trilogy finale, Charlie Jane Anders’ sci-fi and fantasy mash-up, and many more gripping stories that will expand the horizon of your imagination.

How Authors Can Promote Their Books with Memes

When authors think about promoting their book, they usually think how to get the word out online. People online today want a more visual experience when reading content. Using images such as memes have a number of benefits including the strong level of engagement, and the ability to touch peoples' emotions. Show More Summary

Backtalk: Super Bowl & Iowa Caucus

Election 2016 Amy Lam On Backtalk, Bitch editors Amy and Sarah discuss this week in pop culture. This week, we chat about why the Super Bowl may be worth watching (hint: Cam Newton). While Black athletes make up two-thirds of NFL players, Newton is only the sixth Black quarterback to make it all the way to the Super Bowl. Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: ‘West of Eden’ — Hollywood Not-So-Confidential

In an oral history, Jean Stein chronicles the bad behavior — and worse — of an old ruling class.

The Tiny London Shop Behind Some of the Very Best Libraries

London’s Heywood Hill curates impressive collections for discerning customers in 60 different countries — and specializes in the obscure.

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