Dictionaries to the Rescue: On the Importance of Words in a Post-Truth Era

In his 1946 essay, Politics and the English Language, George Orwell discusses the consequences and causes of sloppy language. It’s a vicious cycle.

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A great piece on the importance of dictionaries, now more than ever!

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Dictionaries to the Rescue: On the Importance of Words in a Post-Truth Era

Action Book Club: Readers Start a Ripple Effect of Good Deeds

Calling all book clubs! (And all you readers who want to start one!) This week, Little Free Library launched the Action Book Club, and they want you to join.

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This sounds like an amazing idea!!

Action Book Club: Readers Start a Ripple Effect of Good Deeds

Meet My New Book Tracking Addiction: Bookout

I’m rarely on the cutting edge of anything. That being said, somehow I managed to discover Bookout the week it launched in December.

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If you want to better track your reading this year, this app sounds awesome!

Meet My New Book Tracking Addiction: Bookout

I Failed at the Goodreads Challenge Again, and I Feel Fine

I started 2016 with a big, but doable reading goal: 100 books by December 31. I set the goal on Goodreads and watched as the little message on the challenge box said I was “on track,” “x books ahead,” or (shudder) “x books behind.” As the year went on, I stopped seeing the “ahead” message, and it  became clear that I wouldn’t get there. For the third year in a row, I would fall short.

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If you failed your 2016 Goodreads challenge like me, there’s always next year, and the year after that, and the year after that…

I Failed at the Goodreads Challenge Again, and I Feel Fine

A vogue for self-exposure has reduced feminism to naked navel-gazing

“I get naked on TV. A lot,” writes Lena Dunham in her bestselling memoir Not That Kind of Girl. Exhibitionism isn’t new to her, she explains; in fact, she rather likes being naked, as her body is “a tool to tell the story”. That story is, of course, her own: a compendium of corporeal confessions, with an emphasis on their most awkward and impolite dimensions, belches and farts, periods and pubic hair. As soon as it arrived on shelves, the book was headline news as Dunham variously apologised for touching her sister’s genitals, for trivialising child abuse, for amending her accounts of college sex. It was publishing gold.

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I have a list of articles, posts and think pieces I collect to send to people whenever they ask me why white feminism is garbage. Glad to be adding one more to the list!

A vogue for self-exposure has reduced feminism to naked navel-gazing

Women Crime Writers Are Not a Fad

Earlier this month Terrence Rafferty, a longtime film critic, wrote a long, lumpy essay for The Atlantic about the proliferation of excellent women crime writers. Yes, I said lumpy: there is a lot of undigested material in the piece.

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I’ve heard nothing but awesome stuff about Meg Abbott so I’m really excited to pick up her books and get myself into the noir genre!

Women Crime Writers Are Not a Fad