Lit-Link Round-up


Brain function boosted for days after reading a novel.

Jezebel says teens “loathe Facebook” because of all the old people and pictures of babies. (My daughters concur.)

What if Bilbo Baggins was a girl? One weird old trick to undermine the patriarchy

Flute virtuoso has all his handmade, culturally significant instruments smashed by Customs at JFK.

Blowing bubbles in the wintertime. Who knew it would look this magical?

Not Here to Make Friends.” Roxane Gay on BuzzFeed explores the importance of unlikability in female characters.

I wish every girl in my old neighborhood could read Laura Bogart. In some ways, this piece on forgiveness feels like a culmination of many of Laura’s essays these past few years.

Why the French are obsessed with The Big Bang Theory.

We Need To Talk About Ted: a model for the destruction of civilization?

Some of the most stunning photos of Chicago I’ve ever seen.

And 28 beautiful quotes about libraries (the photos don’t suck either).

“I like to masturbate. There’s nothing narcissistic about that.” Mark Haskell Smith does the TNB Self-Interview.

Don’t miss Emily Rapp’s Sunday essay today. And come study with Emily this summer in Mexico!

Gina Frangello is the author of four books of fiction and a forthcoming memoir, Blow Your House Down. Her novel A Life in Men (Algonquin 2014) is currently under development by Netflix as a series produced by Charlize Theron’s production company, Denver & Delilah. Her most recent novel, Every Kind of Wanting (Counterpoint 2016) was included on several “best of” lists for 2016, including Chicago Magazine’s and The Chicago Review of Books’. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an editor, having founded both the independent press Other Voices Books, and the fiction section of the popular online literary community The Nervous Breakdown. She has also served as the Sunday editor for The Rumpus, and as the faculty editor for both TriQuarterly Online and The Coachella Review. Her short fiction, essays, book reviews, and journalism have been published in such venues as Salon, the LA Times, Ploughshares, the Boston Globe, BuzzFeed, the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and in many other magazines and anthologies. After two decades of teaching at many universities, including UIC, Northwestern’s School of Continuing Studies, UCLA Extension, the University of California Riverside Palm Desert, Roosevelt University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, Gina is excited to be a student again at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Program for Writers, where she has returned to complete the PhD she left unfinished twenty years ago. More from this author →