Monday 5/15: Bianca Bosker discusses and signs Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live. 7 p.m. at Book Soup....more
Zhe Zhe is funny, smart, complicated, and weird in all the best ways. If you’re not already familiar with this standout web series, created by Ruby McCollister, Leah Hennessey, Emily Allan, and director E.J. O’Hara, it’s best described as “a decadent DIY satire about a fame obsessed trend-chasing girl group in an alternate reality New York, made by some ultra hip, cynical young native New Yorkers.” And that’s just a start....more
If you think I’m not going to start this week by talking about that amazing dinosaur fossil find you clearly don’t know me.
Teeth as the ultimate unbridgeable class divide....more
This week, a short story in the new issue of Cosmonauts Avenue turns the flashlight onto a slumber party, and not the fantasy pillow-fight and popcorn kind, but the more true-to-life kind, complete with paranormal library books, urban legends, sneaking out, and scaring the crap out of each other....more
For The New Inquiry, Nehal El-Hadi questions whether we will ever see technology that opens up the preservation of black life rather than simply documenting black death.
Mina Hamedi chases the Northern Lights over at Arcturus.
Here at the Rumpus, Celeste Mohammed explores her conflicted feelings toward a white artist painting black Caribbean farmers....more
The race to be the oldest Everest scaler has ended tragically.
On the rise of 21st Century television’s female gaze.
Sometimes you just want to talk about the music of Twin Peaks and that’s ok.
Now let’s all take a trip inside the world of Mumbai’s deaf community’s public transit culture....more
Tuesday 5/9: You Can’t Kill a Poet: Three Year Anniversary Compilation. Featuring: Berry Grass, Emma Sanders, Jessica Levine, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Lauren Yates, Alina Pleskova, Zach Blackwood, and Julia Perch. 8 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.
Sundrunk: Show & Tell. Featuring: Angelo Colavita, Lindo Yes!, and Jo Vito Ramirez....more
Turkish police arrested seven teachers at a bookstore in a raid against dissent.
A Houston bookstore celebrated indie bookstore day with drunk coloring....more
All I ask is that someone out there buy me Shel Silverstein’s houseboat.
Time for a little killer whale vs great shark action I think.
Let’s discuss sensory-substitution devices and the future of the senses.
Here are those early 19th century medical illustrations you were asking about....more
The PEN America World Voices Festival, a weeklong international literary festival that focuses on human rights, is ongoing in New York City this week, and this year’s theme of gender and power seems more pertinent and urgent than ever. While over 150 writers from across the globe gather at the festival to bridge borders through the power of words, Electric Literature has opened its Recommended Reading archives to those of us who can’t be in NYC, offering eleven short stories and a poem that examine gender’s power and its bonds, that question its limitations and celebrate its liberation....more
Seems like the likelihood of horrible news today is even higher than normal, so let’s start the day reading about a 17th Century dream of moon travel.
Things are terrible already though: The banal horror of the Arkansas executions....more
For Huffington Post’s Highline magazine, Jason Fagone profiles a trauma surgeon working to make a small dent in our country’s problem with gun violence.
At Catapult, Abbey Fenbert writes a funny, heartfelt essay about trying to ban books in the seventh grade....more
In Chicago, Aimee Levitt wonders how many bookstores she can visit in a single day to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day.
Meanwhile, in Seattle, Moira Macdonald explains how she planned on maximizing the number of stores she visited....more
Sometimes you just want to look at transit system fabrics of the world.
Sometimes you just want to look at abandoned malls in disrepair.
Hey guess what? Smart cities are almost certainly a huge nightmare in the making!...more