Writer, @mental_floss contributing editor. My first book, Save the Date, is out now from Penguin/Riverhead. Photo by Sarah Shatz.

Review: ABC's Selfie Fails to Get the Internet Right

businessweek.com — Illustration by 731 Selfie, an sitcom that's a contemporary riff on My Fair Lady, substitutes a twentysomething pharmaceutical sales rep named Eliza Dooley for Eliza Doolittle and a marketing whiz co-worker, Henry Higgs, for Professor Higgins. But the actual update is digital.

A Plea for Self-Control Regarding the Exclamation Point

thewire.com — As we gathered punctuation favorites from a range of our favorite writers, novelists, and word knowledgable people, we ran into a cold, hard fact. Some punctuation marks were hated, perhaps none more vehemently than the exclamation point. It was a mark hated most of all by Grantland staff writer Rembert Browne.

Ann M. Martin The Baby-Sitters Club Interview

elle.com — If you are a woman who grew up reading books in the '80s, you probably have a soft spot-and maybe a deep nostalgia-for the name Ann M. Martin. She's the author who created The Baby-sitters Club , changing the literary lives and extracurricular career pursuits of girls in America with her serial paperback installments about Kristy, Claudia, Stacey, and Mary Anne (and Dawn and Mallory and Jessi).

Katherine Howe's 'Conversion,' and More

nytimes.com — STARRY NIGHT By Isabel Gillies Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $17.99. Wren Noorlander, who has a sweet naïveté that often seems younger than her 15 years, occupies a sophisticated, insulated sort of Manhattan existence. She attends a private girls school on the Upper East Side.

11 Rom-Com Worthy Real-Life Meet-Cutes

mentalfloss.com — It's one thing to meet the love of your life. It's another to do it in a quirkily adorable comic fashion ripe for the Hollywood treatment. "Meet-cute" is a screenwriting term used to describe a theatrically manufactured situation that brings characters together in an entertaining, unusual, and perhaps even cosmically determined (or so it is implied) way.

Meg Wolitzer Y.A. Debut

elle.com — The prolific novelist Meg Wolitzer, author of this summer's best-seller The Interestings , a novel about a group of friends who meet at an art camp as teens and go on to grow up together-and apart-as adults, has made her first foray into young adult literature. Her debut Y.A.

The Most Dangerous Women Writers (and 24 of Their Dangerous Books)

elle.com — This September 21st to 27th is Banned Books Week, which celebrates not banning books, but the freedom to read. Suffice it to say, generally any book that people try to ban is a book worth reading. It means it's done the most important thing a written work can do: incited a passionate, even if displeased, reaction.

What If Fairy Tales Were Feminist?

elle.com — Add Christine Heppermann 's excellent new book, Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty , a volume of feminist poetry , to the list of Y.A. books that should find a readership beyond its intended teen audience. There is much to love in this work, which pairs Heppermann's dark, funny, and thought-provoking riffs on fairy tales and contemporary womanhood with haunting, gorgeous photography.

Jason Pontin: What I Read

thewire.com — How do people deal with the torrent of information pouring down on us all? What sources can't they live without? We regularly reach out to prominent figures in media, entertainment, politics, the arts, and the literary world to hear their answers.

11 New and Recent Books for the Feminist Reader

elle.com — The feminist book canon grows larger and more diverse every day, and that's something to celebrate. Of course, classics like Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, now out in a 50th anniversary edition; Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex; Arlie Hochschild's The Second Shift: Working and the Revolution at Home; Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth, and bell hooks' entire oeuvre (a good start is Feminism Is for Everybody), stand the test of time and should be included in any comprehensive feminist reading list.
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Oct 22, 2014

Why did no one tell me there was a terrible song called "I can't stop drinking about you"?

Oct 22, 2014

Somewhere in America, the girl holding the phone drops it on her face and says "ow."

Oct 21, 2014

♬ one of these days i'm gonna clean out my closet but it won't be today no it won't be today ♬ (repeats)

Oct 21, 2014

Job i think i'm suited for: "Internet's Groundhog." I pop my head up now & again & say when the temp's nice, & when to go back in the hole

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