Book banners don’t want you to read objectionable words, right? In the spirit of literary freedom, we have put you in the writer’s seat with some of the “steamiest” passages in literature. You’ll notice the absence of body parts, adjectives, and all kinds of other markers that make these passages “inappropriate,” according to book banners. We have, however, left some hints to steer you through the original passages.
Now, pick your nouns and body parts, and start revising banned literature, from Madame Bovary to Last Exit to Brooklyn. (Thanks, censorship!)
Referencias no propiamente miedosas del ser ficticio tentaculado de H. P. Lovecraft.
Spanish words that didn’t make it to the English vocabulary, but should have:
The film adaptation of The Giver, starring Hollywood heavyweights Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, features a dystopian society in which suffering has been eliminated, safety is a given, and war is not even a memory in people’s lives. Doesn’t sound so bad, right?
Dystopian worlds are inherently wrong. However, unlike societies like the ones depicted in The Hunger Games, V for Vendetta, and Blade Runner, in which people know how terrible things are, there are other—darker, scarier, and much more interesting—dystopian societies in which people are happy, mostly because they’re ignorant of the backstory. Disturbingly, they make us doubt why those societies are necessarily bad, if happiness prevails.
Happy International Beer Day! To commemorate the world’s love of pilsner, lager, stout, and more, we picked these quotes about beer from some of our favorite authors, and our preferred pint to share with them. Read on for examples of how beer serves as inspiration and plays into these great works of literature.
In honor of this week’s San Diego Comic Con, here is a no-budget cosplay guide honoring the beloved science fiction icon. All the components of the cosplay below are things you could feasibly find lying around the house. You’ll be time leaping in no time.
This Saturday, July 26, is the 10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy and Open Road is celebrating by helping you find your perfect Western!
You don’t have to limit your knitting projects to chunky sweaters and heavy scarves. As the temperature heats up, try taking a summery approach. Create useful bags to keep yourself organized and energize any room in your house with unique accessories.
From the papyri scrolls of ancient Alexandria, to Benjamin Franklin’s Junto in Philadelphia, to the “bookless” library in San Antonio, to the very mobile Lower Ninth Ward Street Library in New Orleans, libraries hold the knowledge of a culture—and are greater than the sum of their holdings. Did you know that libraries in every state lend print and digital books? And all for free!
Octavia Butler was a trailblazer in the world of science fiction and writing. As a bestselling and award-winning author, Butler has been an inspiration for other women writers and writers of color. Her novels and short stories are known for raising awareness of the complexities and injustices of the human experience, and for offering hope that it can be bettered. Like her legions of dedicated fans, we think she rocks.
Savor the sweeter side of summer! Indulge with these dessert recipes featuring the best of the season, like ripe blackberries and juicy apricots.
How book-nerdy are you? If you have 8 or more of these apps on your smartphone or tablet, you are officially a book nerd. Welcome to the club!
The farmer’s market in June is a foodie’s paradise! Summer is the only time of year when the tomato is at its juicy, flavorful peak. Celebrate summer’s bounty with these delicious tomato recipes. P.S. You can download these cookbooks for as low as $1.99 — this month only.
The celebrated author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay turns 51 on May 24. As part of an appreciation celebration, here are some words of wisdom and a few other reasons for why he should be the one to hold your hand throughout life.
Love is all around, but it’s certainly not the same in every place in the world.
Crafting + Activism = Craftivism, the coolest feminist movement you’ve never heard of
Most of these boil down to “because he’s AWESOME,” but if you need more convincing, read on.
No matter your stance on Valentine’s Day, these classic literary (and cinematic!) love stories never fail to bring out the hopeless romantic in all of us. Find the perfect gift for your book-loving Valentine.
When you think of Charles Dickens, you probably picture a grim scene of poverty, orphans, and despair. Yet Dickens was not only a great writer of very long books about depressing things, he also knew how to have fun. To celebrate his birthday (he would be two hundred two), here are eleven highlights from Fred Kaplan’s biography Dickens.