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Jonathan Franzen Is a Basic Bitch, But I’m OK With It

sorrytelevision.wordpress.com — Like most great controversies, it all started with Oprah. Back in 2001, Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was selected for Oprah's Book Club, at a time when OPC was nirvana for publishers-an immediate launching pad to record-breaking sales and endless press. Franzen shot some b-roll with O, but his invitation for an official sit-down was rescinded after a series of...
Oct 02, 2015

RT @eveningreader: Love this PURITY review: "It never seems to dawn on Franzen that he is popular because he is accessible" wp.me/p1toeT-1xm .@KiraBind

Maggie Nelson Should Explain Everything to Everyone

sorrytelevision.wordpress.com — Sometimes-often, if you're lucky-you'll read a book you want to share with the world, the kind of book whose praises you sing to family, friends and coworkers. The kind of book you gift so indiscriminately at Christmas-"and YOU get a copy! and YOU get a copy!"-that loved ones are convinced you must be making a cut of the...
Aug 12, 2015

I want to make laminated cards of everything Maggie Nelson writes to pass out to ignorant people. bit.ly/1DL3g9K

E.L. James Human Centipedes Herself With Grey

sorrytelevision.wordpress.com — Oh how I missed Christian Grey. His stoic intensity, his impeccable suit collection, his way with small words. His twisted cliche of a past and complacent cliche of a future. His contempt for normal relationships and yet powerlessness in the face of the most boring woman on earth. His playroom.
Jun 25, 2015

No one could accuse E.L. James of having used the last four years to learn how to write. bit.ly/1KeWRoR

Jun 25, 2015

E L James human centipedes herself with Grey, the Fifty Shades re-telling you knew you never needed. bit.ly/1KeWRoR

Jun 26, 2015

At long last, E L James' Grey answers the question, "But what did Christian's penis think?" bit.ly/1KeWRoR pic.twitter.com/BLnJ7kRCEy

My Weekend With Charles Manson

sorrytelevision.wordpress.com — Guys, there are a lot of things I recommend you do in this lifetime-go on a road trip, skydive, eat more than 1,500 calories in a single sitting-but reading the 675-page Helter Skelter in a mere four days is not one of them. That shit will fuck with your head.
Jun 09, 2015

RIP Vincent Bugliosi. Helter Skelter was a damn fine book. bit.ly/1duuy7Q

Chris Harrison’s The Perfect Letter Is a Festival of Cliches

sorrytelevision.wordpress.com — I suppose it's not surprising that someone let Chris Harrison write a book. The diminutive all-American host of The Bachelor and Bachelorette has participated in some 29 seasons of televised romantic Hunger Games, during which time he's perfected the art of soberly watching men and women choose their future fiancees via a series of melodramatic flower...
May 18, 2015

Just a reminder that Chris Harrison's book comes out today and it is terrible. bit.ly/1JtwuKg

May 18, 2015

#TheBachelorette's Chris Harrison wrote a romance novel and it's ...something. bit.ly/1JtwuKg

Megan Daum Might Be The Lovechild of Fran Lebowitz And Nora Ephron

sorrytelevision.wordpress.com — Sometimes I discover writers whose brains I'd love to poke around in, whose ideas are either so different from mine or so inherently unique that to read something of theirs is like tiptoeing into another universe. If I had to be honest, I'd say these are the authors to whom I generally gravitate-my love of reading...

J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy: Accio excitement?

sorrytelevision.wordpress.com — As book titles go, The Casual Vacancy is pretty appropriate. Not only because a casual vacancy -- a seat on a local city council made suddenly available by the unexpected death of its holder -- is the circumstance around which J.K. Rowling's latest novel revolves, but also because somehow this particular turn of phrase seems...

Put Down Your McNuggets And Read The Meat Racket

sorrytelevision.wordpress.com — On the long list of careers at which I know I would fail miserably, farmer is near the top, right next to schoolteacher, personal trainer and anything involving dead bodies. Farming requires more than an extraordinary work ethic, a high tolerance for early-morning hours and physical exertion, and a certain resilience when it comes to the...
Apr 28, 2015

Reasons to side-eye Tyson have less to do with antibiotics and more to do with how they treat farmers bit.ly/1zlhCLV

You Know What’s Punk Rock About Marriage?

sorrytelevision.wordpress.com — It would be almost be worth my (hypothetical) husband having an affair-maybe worth going through life with a name reminiscent of both "awful" and "offal"-if it meant I could go on to write a book as spectacular as Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation. A slim treatise on the maturation of a marriage, DOS is so compact as...
Apr 09, 2015

"You know what's punk rock about marriage? All the puke and shit and piss." bit.ly/1D0i1Bu

'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

independent.co.uk — Since their first single 20 years ago, the Backstreet Boys - AJ McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell - have recorded a dozen albums and sold more than 130 million of them worldwide. They've packed amphitheatres, broken records and danced shirtless in fake rain.
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Oct 09, 2015

@tcarmody I feel like you could hold both of these jobs simultaneously.

Oct 09, 2015

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Oct 09, 2015

Received a letter with an attached hair sample "proving" Halle Berry's real paternity. *crosses off bucket list* pic.twitter.com/lg1x0fPNB3

Oct 09, 2015

"A hunter said he fended off an attacking grizzly bear by shoving his arm into its throat to induce a gag reflex." reut.rs/1jTLEzw

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