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Maybe the world had been bad to its great and unusual women. Maybe there wasn’t a worthy place for the female hero to live out her golden years, to be celebrated as the men had been celebrated, to take from the celebration what she needed to survive.
"Who Killed Dolly Wilde?" by Megan Mayhew Bergman, in ALMOST FAMOUS WOMEN (Scribner, January 2015)
Is your head empty? Then you’ve done enough. If something is still on your mind, you’ve got more to do.

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Your mind is for having thoughts, not for holding them. Mantra mantra mantra.

1351 to the present. Pretty fucking fun.


24 episodes of HOUSE and one viewing of THE SWORD IN THE STONE later, it is done!

someone please make me an offer for it, there is no more room on my walls.

A good policy for work and life in general.

This happened on Twitter last week, and I just figured out the Storify embed feature. So I give you 15 of my recent favorite books by women.


Bookrageous Favorites Out This Week!

Land an awesome read (see what we did there?) with Landline by Rainbow Rowell and Land of Love and Drowning by Tiphanie Yanique.

LAND OF LOVE AND DROWNINGS is one of my favorites of the year. A dazzling debut about love and lust, the ways we mess them up and the ways they mess us up. There are big questions and difficult scenes and just a touch of magic, and there is so much beautiful writing. I can’t recommend it enough.

It’s awfully depressing that, in the summer of 2014, when 99% of American women use birth control, we can’t just come out and say that most women use birth control for sex.
Yes. Arguing the Hobby Lobby decision with the “but some women need birth control for *health* reasons” statement is not productive. It reinforces the notion that taking birth control AS birth control is wrong or dangerous or morally questionable.
Women like sex. Stop making ‘health’ excuses for why we use birth control | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free |
Everyone who I’ve encountered in the book biz — from editorial to sales — seems disarmingly genuine about their love of books.

Yes. This. Publishing has plenty problems, but just about everyone is here because their hearts beat for books. Nice to remind ourselves of this sometimes.

“I sold my book for $25,000″: A debut novelist’s experiment with radical honesty -

Success is feeling good about the work you do throughout the long, unheralded journey that may or may not wind up at the launch pad. You can’t view training solely as a stepping stone to something loftier. It’s got to be an end in itself.

Col. Chris Hadfield, An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

This book is FASCINATING, and so packed with smart ideas about how we should think about work and define success. Hadfield’s career is a great illustration of how “work hard and become really good at what you do” is a better path to finding a job you love than the old “follow your passion” trope. Oh, and it has space travel too. 

The emerging meme of “learn something in three months and change careers” isn’t the message we should all unite behind. Instead, what’s most important is moving from an episodic model of education to one that’s integrated at every stage of your life.