11 Facts About Oprah That Will Make You Love Her More
Oprah is a saint. You don’t even have to watch her show to know that’s true. Not only is Oprah one of the richest Hollywood stars, she is without a doubt the most generous, touching the hearts of millions across the world. Oprah shares her life experiences, both good and bad, with the public and uses her influence and her stories to encourage others to take risks, make a difference in their communities, and stand up for themselves. Just in case you needed more reasons to love her, here are 11 facts that prove Oprah is just the best.
10 Ways to Knit Things Men Will Actually Wear
It’s time to start knitting those thick winter sweaters and gorgeous holiday gifts for friends and family! Although fancy patterns and unusual yarns are tempting, most of the men on your gift list will prefer something a little more practical. Expert knitter (and guy) Bruce Weinstein has tips for making garments they’ll proudly wear.
Six Spooktacular Halloween Treats To Make At Home
Got scary-good kitchen skills? Instead of setting out a lame bucket of fun-size chocolates or stale candy corn, try making these gourmet ghoulish goodies for Halloween! They're created by the best baker around: dessert master and author of Sugar Baby Gesine Bullock-Prado.
Let’s Play “Fill in the Blank” with Nine of the Filthiest Passages in Literature (According to Book Banners)
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!)
Ignorance Is Bliss: 7 Utopian Dystopias
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.
12 Authors We Want To Booze It Up With On International Beer Day
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.
DIY These Five Dr. Who Costumes From Stuff Around Your House
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.
13 Useful (and Adorable) Things To Knit This Summer
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.
Lookit These Library Cards From Around The US!
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!
16 Things You Didn't Know About Octavia Butler
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.