Stop Lending Books to Me, I Beg You

Stop Lending Books to Me, I Beg You

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I’m constantly borrowing books. From friends, boyfriends, family of friends, no one’s safe. I’ve borrowed two different books from the dude I’m seeing since we started seeing each other, A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman and Contact, and I’ve started neither.   Imagine my childhood bedroom. Don’t be creepy about it, but imagine. One entire wall was comprised of bookshelves, full bookshelves, and they were well used and well loved. As I’ve gotten older, the frequency with which I read has deteriorated, but my passion lives strong.    Take, for example, my current line-up of borrowed books. A Day in the Life of a Smiling …

10 People Who Absolutely Nailed #DressLikeABook

10 People Who Absolutely Nailed #DressLikeABook

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Shoutout to Electric Literature, who recently started the hashtag #DressLikeABook. Last week, we did a round up of nine of our favorites, but the brilliance hasn’t let up, and there have been even more excellent additions to the hashtag since then, so we’ve browsed #DressLikeABook for even more brilliant pictures, and are bringing you our ten favorite looks from Instagram!     UNDEAD GIRL GANG by @mslilyanderson is out today! Witches, zombies, sharp girls with soft edges, and a fat, Mexican protagonist makes this book a fresh look at grief & friendship. A post shared by Shauna ?✨?? (@b00kwitch) on …

12 of the Best Books to Get You Through Baseball Season

12 of the Best Books to Get You Through Baseball Season

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We’re deep into baseball season, yet again, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m an Astros fan, for the better part of twenty-five years now, sue me. I could go on and on and on about the World Series win, but I know none of you care, that is, of course, unless you’re also Astros fans.    Via Giphy   Baseball is America’s past time, allegedly. Considering how often the men cohabitating our offices put on the game and talk shit about my beloved Astros (they’re all Yankees and Mets fans, of course), I’d say baseball is still deep in the hearts …

47-Year-Overdue Library Book Returned to San Francisco Library

47-Year-Overdue Library Book Returned to San Francisco Library

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A copy of Eldridge Cleaver’s memoir Soul on Ice has been returned to the San Francisco Public Library after almost five decades. The book was originally due back at the Eureka Valley branch on December 9th, 1970.   This gem was returned recently to the Eureka Valley/Milk branch – due date Dec. 9, 1970! It was only 17,317 days late or 47 years, 4 months and 29 days. We gladly take back your overdue books, no matter what decade they were due. ??⏰?? pic.twitter.com/VT65sJ0Cer — SF Public Library (@SFPublicLibrary) May 9, 2018   The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the …

Check Out These Award Winning Awful Opening Sentences

Check Out These Award Winning Awful Opening Sentences

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The Lyttle Lytton contest, if you’re so unfortunate as to be in the dark about this incredible competition, celebrates the worst opening sentences. Specifically, it encourages people to write and enter the worst first sentence of an imaginary novel that they possibly can, in twenty-five words or less, ideally.   Without further ado, here are the top ten entries, starting with the winner, Cole Borsch, and his runner up, Neil Martin! 1. Cole Borsch’s unfortunate vampire fantasy:   As I felt the vampire sexily drinking the blood from my neck, the warmth between my legs grew both in wetness and in …