It’s alive!!! (Finished copies of the book came in earlier today.)
Check out our 2-page feature in the new issue of Glamour, featuring a Q&A between deputy editor Mikki Halpin and Anna Holmes.
More love for the Book of Jezebel from some of the very women’s mags that used to be subject to our unrelenting ire.
This is going be fun. And incredibly terrifying.
I’ve never in my life been so fucking happy, it’s insane. INSANE. I’m pretty sure when you love someone like this it’s fucking final. I’ve been so in love so many times but I never felt this way. I’ve been taking a lot of Plan B.This is something one of my friends emailed me today.
@notserena @Cellaphobic Peep at what came in the mail! @AnnaHolmes @thelindywest FTW!
Seattle: I’m coming, and I’m excited.
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but this is my first Tumblr post in years.
Long time, no Tumblr! (This is Anna, by the way.) We’ve got a few updates, and an explanation for our years-long absence.
First things first: The Book of Jezebel - seen above in BLAD form, which is to say, a 300-page book abridged into an 8-page sample for booksellers - is done. It is not only done, but is currently in the hands of a printer somewhere in Massachusetts, where the hundreds of digital files we’ve written, edited, illustrated, designed, fact-checked, copyedited and tweaked will be converted into a bound book available for sale on October 22, 2013. (Pre-order it here.) We are currently working on a dedicated website for the book, and brainstorming ideas for a book trailer. We also have a Facebook page and a Twitter account, which we encourage you to visit, like, and follow, because we will be sending out regular updates - including teaser text from the book, sneak peaks at illustrations and graphics, and news about contributors and events - in the coming weeks and months.
On that last issue, an apology: As many of our followers have no doubt noticed, we have been extremely neglectful of our Tumblr page over the past few years. Initially, I’d imagined that I’d be able to keep up a robust social media presence for the book during its gestation and development. Turns out that tweeting, facebooking and tumbling* were too much of a challenge for me as I assigned, edited, and helped write the book. I underestimated the care and feeding this project would require, but I am thrilled with the result, and I hope you will be too.
How can it be that so many people’s ex-girlfriends are crazy? What happens to these women? Do they eventually go on to birth babies and care for their elderly parents and scramble up gigantic pans of eggs on Sunday mornings for oodles of lounge-abouts who later have the nerve to inquire about what’s for dinner, or is there some corporate Rest Home for Crazy Bitches chain in cities across the land that I am unaware of that houses all these women who used to love men who later claim they were actually crazy bitches?Cheryl Strayed in her new book Tiny Beautiful Things. I wish I could have included this passage in my New York Times review of the book, because it is my favorite part.
Sad White Babies With Mean Feminist Mommies
The Atlantic is reviving the tired feminist-baiting question “can women have it all.” Le sigh. In celebration of this backlashtastic event, I’ve compiled some of my favorite images that are often the art in these kinds of articles: The mean/frazzled/distracted working white mom (because WOC don’t exist in this narrative) who has been fooled into thinking she can have it all by feminism. Good times.
Note: I haven’t read the piece (it’s not out yet) and for all I know is a scorchingly awesome piece of feminist writing. But the headline/art/cover is just too awful and (knowingly) plays into the anti-feminist trope cliche the search for work/life balance is greedily trying to have “it all.”
Just up at The New Yorker, my story “White Until Proven Black: Imagining Race in ‘Hunger Games’”.
Let’s say I was designing a new piece of software to make my life as a writer a little easier. First, I’d program it count how many characters I’d typed out and in what amount of time, in order to document my productivity on any given day. Then I’d ask it to compare words, phrases, sentences and entire paragraphs from one draft to the next, in order to calculate how much of what I’d written had changed…or stayed the same.