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

How a Single Mom Created a Plastic Food-Storage Empire

mentalfloss.com — The story of Tupperware is a story of innovation and reinvention: how a new kind of plastic, made from an industrial waste material, ended up a symbol of female empowerment.

A Day in the Life of a Pizza Guru

mentalfloss.com — Scott Wiener loves pizza, so he decided to make it a career.

Fabulously Creepy Reads by 13 Women Writers

elle.com — In the horror-and-thriller pantheon, women writers have often been given (especially) short shrift. Sure, you've read Stephen King and Edgar Allan Poe and maybe even H.P. Lovecraft-maybe you were even assigned them in school.

Seriously, What's So Great About Corgis?

thewire.com — Is there anything the Internet loves more than a corgi?

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.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @ouijum: No one will notice her for six to eight weeks. RT @thisisjendoll: for halloween, i am an invoice

Oct 31, 2014

RT @JenKirkman: You're right. I can't take a joke. I can't take it when a joke's not funny.

Oct 31, 2014

kids chanting "jingle bells" as you march down the street, ya got the wrong holiday

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