You find yourself a fucking taco, or a fucking beer, or a fucking taco and a beer, then you eat the fucking taco or drink the fucking beer or eat and drink both the fucking taco and the beer, and then you donate some money to an abortion fund. You fucking film yourself doing this shit and then you send us the fucking video and we put it on the fucking internet.


Welp you fucking do now.


Welp you fucking do now.

This is my kind of activism!

"I’m sold as a Halloween costume."
— George R.R. Martin, who then complimented the evening’s cosplayers—and said that sometimes he runs into “‘me’ cosplayers” (via elizabethminkel)


Fantastic cosplay outside the George R.R. Martin/Robin Hobb event!

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The acclaimed author of Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever and The Gospel of Anarchy makes his hardcover debut with a piercing collection of short fiction that illuminates our struggle to find love, comfort, and identity. In a new suite of powerful and incisive stories, Justin Taylor captures the lives of men and women unmoored from their pasts and uncertain of their futures.

(via Justin Taylor | BookCourt)

Today rachelfershleiser dot tumblr dot com will be taking a hiatus from its usual #banmen editorial stance to give its highest, highest endorsement to the new book FLINGS and the old friend Justin Taylor, both of which are undeniably phenomenal. Come to the book launch at BookCourt tonight and you’ll see. YOU’LL SEE, I TELL YOU.

"Music consecrates everything and this was a holy moment… Jenny Lewis’s high, honeyed voice swarmed all the space between his ears, and everything she sang was the most important thing he had ever heard before, though he’d long known all these lines by heart."

Justin Taylor’s short story collection Flings, which you should buy from an indie bookstore.

There’s another excerpt I can’t post because of spoilers, but it’s about a guy getting a good rhetorical whack upside the head after spilling his sexual longings in the classic women-are-defined-by-my-desires way that I really identified with. Justin’s good at writing the whack-upside-the-head bildungsroman of the modern straight white man.

(via nickdouglas)


#stocktips: fill your bowl with greens and grated parm, then ladle your stock on top


This summer, The New York Public Library is celebrating the excitement and personal joy of reading with the #ireadeverywhere campaign. My contribution comes to you live from the Tumblr HQ ping pong table. Where are you reading this month? Show the world and use the #ireadeverywhere tag!



Anyone who’s been following me for a bit (or not—welcome new followers!) knows that I write about fan culture for the New Statesman and books for The Millionsand that this Tumblr, much like the whole of Tumblr, is basically a celebration of books and/or fandom. (Er, maybe not the whole of Tumblr? I don’t know, it certainly looks that way to me.)

Tomorrow evening George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb will be coming to London for an amazing one-night-only event. Since I live in London, my books-and-fandom-loving Tumblr and I were perfect candidates to head over on Tumblr’s behalf. So this time tomorrow, I’ll be posting words and images from the event here, and tagging posts with the event’s official hashtag: #GeorgeAndRobin. If you’re a fan of either of these authors—or both!—be sure to check back in around 7:30 pm GMT tomorrow, August 19th.

So excited that writer and fanthropologist Elizabeth Minkel will be LiveTumbling this very special event!

"She did not flinch. “My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.”"