Harvard Library Contains Book Made From Human Skin

Harvard dead skin bookLook closely at the accompanying image. Neat, it’s an old leather book. Well, look more closely because this motherf*cking book was once a person.

Harvard University has just confirmed that their massive library contains a volume bound in human skin. The 19th century French owner of the tome wrote a note explaining the choice…

“This book is bound in human skin parchment on which no ornament has been stamped to preserve its elegance. By looking carefully you easily distinguish the pores of the skin.”

It’s “meditation on the soul life and after death” and the skin came from the back of a female mental patient who suffered internal bleeding and died suddenly in the hospital. In other words you can (sort of) rest easy, because she wasn’t slaughtered for the sole purpose of book makin.’ In a way, her body was put to good use…  Continue reading “Harvard Library Contains Book Made From Human Skin”

Dinosaur Erotica is a Thing

Dinosaur romance novelsLots of strange things are happening in the world today. The government shut down (as if they were ever doing work), someone got a tattoo of donkey-faced Miley Cyrus swinging from a sad-faced wrecking ball, and dinosaur erotica exists.

Author Christie Sims, who describes herself as an “everyday Midwestern girl” whose “inner thoughts are filled with lusty thoughts of big, strong, powerful monsters having their way with beautiful maidens,” has written multiple dino romance novels with titles ranging from the simple Ravished by Triceratops to the even simpler Mating With The Raptor.

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J. K. Rowling Wrote a Crime Novel Under a Male Pseudonym

The cuckoo's calling coverIn April of this year, a first-time author named Robert Galbraith released a book called The Cuckoo’s Calling through Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown that received rave reviews.

Turns out, the person behind Cuckoo’s Calling is not the debut of some former military official, as “his” bio suggested, but Britain’s favorite modern-day author, J.K. Rowling.

The mother of Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore and so many other iconic wizards and witches confessed the truth after London’s Sunday Times received an anonymous tip about her pseudonym.

From The New York Times:

“I had hoped to keep this secret a little longer, because being Robert Galbraith has been such a liberating experience,” she said in a statement. “It has been wonderful to publish without hype or expectation, and pure pleasure to get feedback under a different name.”  Continue reading “J. K. Rowling Wrote a Crime Novel Under a Male Pseudonym”

Sorry HBO, the Book Version of the Iron Throne is SO MUCH Bigger and Badder

iron throne book drawing The third season of Game of Thrones may have just wrapped, but HBO and author George R.R. Martin have no plans of slowing down the series (except for that whole taking forever to write book 6 and 7 thing).

While Martin has always been involved in the wildly successful onscreen version, he recently took to his blog to express a bit of disappointment in the Iron Throne used in the show.

Martin said that while the HBO throne has a “terrific design” and is “iconic,” it just isn’t what he imagined. In fact, it’s at least six times smaller and way less full o’ swords. From Grrm.livejournal.com:

It’s not the Iron Throne I see when I’m working on THE WINDS OF WINTER. It’s not the Iron Throne I want my readers to see. The way the throne is described in the books… HUGE, hulking, black and twisted, with the steep iron stairs in front, the high seat from which the king looks DOWN on everyone in the court… my throne is a hunched beast looming over the throne room, ugly and assymetric…

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Samurai Swords, Books on Autism, Bloody Photographs Found in Adam Lanza’s Home

adam lanza's houseSandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza’s personal possessions have been revealed in new documents released by the police in Newtown, Connecticut.

Lanza, who killed 20 children and seven adults including his mother, owned the following items:

Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ Sequel Due Sept. 24

Doctor Sleep Stephen KingStephen King is currently putting the finishing touches on a sequel to one of his most iconic novels ever. Over 36 years later, 1977’s The Shining will see a follow-up titled Doctor Sleep on September 24, 2013.

The book will focus on middle-aged Daniel “Danny” Torrance. Still haunted by his past at the Overlook Hotel as a five-year-old, Dan has moved to a town in New Hampshire and sustains a job at a hospice center. There he befriends a preteen girl who, like him, was born with gift of telepathy and precognition.

Torrance is faced with protecting her from a cult of evil men who seek out and harm children who “shine” for their own personal gain.

(No exact mention of Danny’s mother Wendy, but I imagine King will give her a cameo in the form of a telephone conversation or visit…)  Continue reading “Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ Sequel Due Sept. 24”

Differences Between ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ The Movie And Book

Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook As much as I loved Silver Linings Playbook the movie, I noticed some strange things with the timeline and didn’t completely understand why Bradley Cooper’s character suddenly seemed to forget about getting back together with his wife Nikki in favor of the girl (Tiffany, Jennifer Lawrence) he seemed to regard as a friend throughout the entire film.

Then, in the improper order, I picked up the book (with the faces and voices of the actors and actresses imprinted in my mind) and it all made sense. Here are the major differences between Silver Linings Playbook (2012) directed by David O. Russell, and The Silver Linings Playbook (2008) written by Matthew Quick…

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Novelist Jonathan Franzen Heckled at Reading in Portland, OR

Jonathan Franzen James SpaderOn Thursday I went to a reading by author of The Corrections, and Freedom, Oprah-feuder, luddite and Time Magazine’s last “Great American Novelist,” Jonathan Franzen.

He read from a new piece he’s working on, a piece that consists wholly of footnotes on Karl Kraus, the Austrian satirist who Franzen relates to and calls “The Great Hater.”

Franzen spent much of the night comparing Kraus’ hatred for newspapers to his own hatred of technology, specifically Facebook, Apple, Twitter and Amazon.

Right after delving into why he dislikes Amazon (‘Like, half my friends own independent bookstores’), a woman who I assume was over 35 yelled, “I BOUGHT YOUR BOOK ON AMAZON!”  Continue reading “Novelist Jonathan Franzen Heckled at Reading in Portland, OR”

‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Excerpts (NSFW)

Fact: E.L. James (penname of Erika Leonard) once used the name Snowqueens Icedragon. Her bestselling typo-ridden erotica novels, the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy, was originally written as Twilight fanfiction and is huge right now.

The books are number one two and three on the New York Times Bestseller in four categories and movie rights have already been sold to Focus Features and Universal Studios.

James has also been listed as one Time’s 100 Most Influential People, all for a book centering around a virginal recent college graduate (Anastasia) who falls in love with BDSM billionaire Christian Grey.

He presents his new lover, Anatasia, with a special S&M contract with many dominance-related stipulations.

People who hate whatever happens to be the “big thing” in current literature, (be it Harry Potter, The Da Vinci Code, Twilight or The Hunger Games) might have more beef with this than anything in the past.

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Berenstain Bears Co-Creator Janice Berenstain (July 26, 1923 – February 24, 2012)

Janice Berenstain, passed away last Friday at age 88 after suffering a stoke in Solebury, PA. Her collaborator and husband Stanley died of  lymphoma six years earlier. The two met at Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art at age 18 and married five years later.

They wrote and illustrated over 300 children’s books, putting their work in a league beside other mammal-themed hits like Norman Bridwell’s Clifford The Big Red Dog and Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar.

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