This Week’s Readings

bookstalker:

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MONDAY: The Believer presents READ HARDER, with Heidi Julavits, Megan Abbott, and Lev Grossman. [McNally Jackson]

TUESDAY: Launch for MARCEL THE SHELL: THE MOST SURPRISED I’VE EVER BEEN with Dean Fleischer-Camp and Jenny Slate. (Jenny Slate!) [Housing Works]

WEDNESDAY: Scary Stories with Christopher Buehlman, Tobias Carroll, Michael Cisco, and Katherine Howe. [WORD]

THURSDAY: Book launch for THE MISSHAPES. Go Alex Flynn!! (AKA Elisabeth Donnelly and Stuart Sherman.) [Community Bookstore]

Today’s a really special and exciting day. The Misshapes is now available in hardcover! My cat is celebrating!

It’s been a long journey for these little superheroes-that-could, and I’d be honored if you got the chance to read it. If you feel like requesting it from your local library that would be the biggest honor of all!

It should be available at your finer booksellers; if not, you can order it. Here’s the online details so you could have it right this second!

You can order THE MISSHAPES: The Coming Storm in hardcover

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-misshapes-a…/1118590464…
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Misshapes-Alex-Flynn/dp/1940610311
Indiebound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781940610313

As well as eBook
Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Misshapes-Ale…/…/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0…
Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-misshapes-a…/1118590464…
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-misshapes/id800927901…
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-misshapes-1
Google Play: https://play.google.com/…/books/d…/Alex_Flynn_The_Misshapes…

jamiatt:

tonight’s mantra (ah fuck it use it whenever you like) is: you don’t have to live your entire life online, it’s ok to be quiet sometimes.

tvhangover:

"The one thing about the show is that I feel like it seems like a niche show because it has the word “trans” in the title, but it’s a really relatable family show. It has the potential to be like All in the Family or The Cosby Show in terms of speaking to everybody. I run into a lot of people who say “I’ve watched it with my parents,” or “I’ve watched it over and over again,” I don’t know, I don’t think you have to be trans or queer or Jewish or a feminist. In fact, I think the show works just as well for you if you’re not. It’s really relatable and I’m just excited for people to watch it.” — Jill Soloway on Transparent, a must-watch show that premieres the entire first season this Friday on Amazon.

My interview! Jill Soloway is a delight. I’ve seen the first four episodes and they’re wonderful, especially if you miss a show like Six Feet Under. Maybe my tumblr is the safe space where I can talk about how stupid-hot I find Jay Duplass in the show. (sooooooooooooo hot) This and The Affair, which I’ve also seen, seem to be the best new shows of the season.

Two things: There is a song on Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid Maad City (“Maad city” I believe) that captures a certain recognizable anxiety in such a way that I’ve really never heard in song.I can remember the first time I heard Kendrick Lamar, I was driving down route 22 from New York to Massachusetts, and “Swimming Pools” came on the radio and I thought it was a party song and thought it was the most depressing song that I’d heard. It sounded wrong. It took months to listen to all of Good Kid, Maad City and it took even longer to have it click.

Two things: There is a song on Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid Maad City (“Maad city” I believe) that captures a certain recognizable anxiety in such a way that I’ve really never heard in song.

I can remember the first time I heard Kendrick Lamar, I was driving down route 22 from New York to Massachusetts, and “Swimming Pools” came on the radio and I thought it was a party song and thought it was the most depressing song that I’d heard. It sounded wrong. It took months to listen to all of Good Kid, Maad City and it took even longer to have it click.

Pinter called The Misshapes “a funny action adventure story,” adding, “It’s like superhero comics—the Incredibles in novel form. It punched all my buttons.” The Misshapes is a middle-grade novel about a girl who lives in a town where some people have superpowers, though some, like the heroine, have “third-rate, lame powers.” Adding to her misery, Pinter said, is the fact that the heroine’s mother is a supervillain.

When asked about the addition of print titles to the digital-first house’s list, he responded, “Why limit distribution? Some people read exclusively digital and some only buy print. And some—like me—buy both. We felt that many of the books we were acquiring, for various reasons, would benefit from both print and digital distribution.” The Misshapes was intended to be a digital original, but “middle-grade fiction works better in print first, and kids tend to want a favorite book as a keepsake—I know I did.”

— !!! A very cool article about Polis Books founder Jason Pinter and Polis’ expansion into print, starting with The Misshapes: The Coming Storm (which you can have a beautiful copy of in October)! It’s enough to make a girl that may be 1/2 of Alex Flynn feel great about working on Book 2 all weekend long. (Also, book 2’s influences? Love and Rockets, Basquiat, and the east LA punk scene of the early 80s. Get excited!)
Excited to re-watch Gilmore Girls again.

Excited to re-watch Gilmore Girls again.

“Dear Mr. Deresiewicz, The reason why sports and weather exist is so we can talk about sports and weather with strangers, no matter their background. It’s a unifier. Isn’t a large part of male socialization, in particular, shrugging along to sports talk?”
Excellent Sheep is a book that will give William Deresiewicz a nice career as a speaker, which is too bad.