Archive for October, 2012

logicallunacy:

The Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong RSS just skipped from page 42 to 56. 

I’m horribly confused. Edit: I’m horribly impressed! 22 pages for Halloween!

Thank you Prudence and Faith!

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enigmaticpenguinofdeath:

Mycroft Holmes – suit porn

By the way, Least of All Possible Mistakes readers, check out the sixth image down.

runtmasterflex:

Little red riding hood doesn’t know what she’s got waiting for her.

larshoneytoasted:

nobody said it’d be easy

Yep. 

hello pru! do you have any good nonfiction book recs? thanks in advance!

I LOVE nonfiction, so I apologize in advance for the possibly unwieldy list!

Stiff, Spook, Bonk, and Packing for Mars by Mary Roach are all absolutely delightful and joyfully nerdy. The first is a book that she started to write after her mother passed away, and she felt an aching tenderness for the body, though her mother had already left it, and Roach wanted to know the secret lives of corpses. It’s wonderfully illuminating and very cleverly written, as is Spook, which explores the concept of the afterlife. Bonk is a science book about sex, and also a testament to how much Roach’s husband most love her because he agrees to do sex with her in an MRI machine for the purposes of research. Packing for Mars discusses pooping in space, so obviously, read that one first.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot is the amazing story of the woman who none of us know, but all of us are enormous debt to (and her family). Henrietta Lacks was an African-American woman with cervical cancer, who’s cancer cells are the immortal, undying, endlessly reproducing cells that we basically use for almost all medical research now. The backstory of how she came to be so omnipresent in modern medicine and completely anonymous is horrible and fascinating and humbling, and you should buy this book because part of the proceeds is going to a trust for her family.

Sex With the Queen is a companion to the equally interesting Sex With the King, both by Eleanor Herman, about the bedroom secrets of generations of kings and queens. If you’ve ever looked at old portraits or read your history books and wondered how the fucking was in all those arranged marriages, this is your all access pass. Both are fantastic.

Hungry Planet is a massive photobook, and it’s a treasure. Basically Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusio traveled the world to all sorts of families everywhere – from suburban America to cosmopolitan Paris to Nigeria and Bhutan – to photograph them all with a week’s worth of food. Like their other books, Material World and Women in the Material World (which photograph families all over the world with all of their earthly possessions and interview the women in each of those families, respectively, to study their lives), it’s voyeuristic, but so sensitively done. More than any other books I’ve ever read and owned, these really opened my eyes to the world. They’re actually kind of hard to get ahold of these days, and even used they’re expensive if you’re looking to buy, but they are absolutely enormously worth it.

Hope that’s a good list to get you started!

the-winklevi:

This is the most perfect thing to ever happen on my dash in the history of the world.


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East Coast Gazette has a terrible editorial focus and tends to use a lot of ALL CAPS but TOTALLY NOT BECAUSE OF HARRY POTTER. Stories in progress as well as snapshots will be listed in the "box full of snapshots" below, website archive for stories and assorted tomfoolery is glitterati.

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