The Fifty Shades Generator

Article: The Fifty Shades Generator

Are you a print or web designer in search of exciting placeholder text? Are you a fledgling author struggling with a sex scene? You’re in luck! The Fifty Shades Generator creates “world-class literature based on a pre-defined vocabulary” — a pre-defined vocabulary of clever, creative and totally offensive slang for genitalia and coitus culled from places like ARRSE (british ARmy Rumour SErvice) and @50shadesofshit. Below is an example Lorem Ipsum-type paragraph created by the generator, but the hilarious explanation text of the site itself is worth a read. Is there no limit to the sex-obsessed genius of the Internet?

Book covers vs. film adaptation posters

Article: Book covers vs. film adaptation posters

Hey cinephiles and bibliophiles, check out this great photo gallery from The Atlantic that compares the covers of famous books with the movie poster for their film adaptation counterparts. In general I find the book covers more elegant and expressive. Obviously there are marketing necessities in featuring movie stars on posters, but their presence can clash with the faces already created in the readers’ imagination.

The Internet remembers Ray Bradbury

Article: The Internet remembers Ray Bradbury


New fiction (and music and film): "Lola, California" by Edie Meidav

Article: New fiction (and music and film): "Lola, California" by Edie Meidav

The amazing writer Edie Meidav (who also happens to be our friend and neighbor) is out today with a new novel: “Lola, California”, called “brilliant” and “awesome” by Publisher’s Weekly. Meidav is such a force of inspiration that art practically gets spontaneously generated in her wake: above is a beautifully haunting short film created by Snapdragon that’s inspired by “Lola” along with Meidav’s narration; and here is music inspired by the book from Kevin Salem, who calls it “part soundtrack for the reader, part songs inspired by the text … and part music inspired by the cultural identity of the novel.” Below is one of two excerpts from “Lola, California” that Meidav is generously allowing us to publish here — this one about a rape on a Greek island. Stay tuned next week for the second excerpt about two friends go-go dancing. Both are compelling creepy and deeply moving, even without the context of the full novel:

The Lover's Dictionary

Article: The Lover's Dictionary

The nameless narrator of David Levithan’s novel The Lover’s Dictionary narrates his relationship in the form of dictionary definitions of words, from aberrant to zenith. Some definitions are a page long, others just a sentence. Which makes it sound gimmicky and cute and Twitterific, but this book is anything but. It’s moving, hilarious, heartbreaking and smart. It’s also something of a guessing game, because the definitions leap back and forth across the span of the relationship. This book is a poignant reminder that words can say everything and nothing — and the same goes for the spaces and the pauses between them. Levithan’s is a spare tale and yet it feels universal, especially because the narrator addresses his partner as a nameless, gender-less “you.” But enough with all this wordiness, let’s just show you what we mean with a few of our favorite entries:

Your favorite albums as books

Article: Your favorite albums as books

UK designer Christophe Gowans re-imagined popular and classic music albums as book covers in instantly familiar and well-worn styles of past novels. The Purple Rain version speaks to my geek passion for Science Fiction novels (Favorite: the Hyperion series by Dan Simmons). These have also been compiled into a book. [Via]

Novel theme: women running from houses

Article: Novel theme: women running from houses

Women Running From Houses is a blog devoted to book covers, many from “60′s and 70′s Gothic romance novels,” which depicts women running from houses. The woman behind the blog, who analyzes in depth each cover she features, explains, ” So that I don’t drive my husband too crazy (or distract him too long from…

100 best first lines

Article: 100 best first lines

No, I’m not referring to the best lines the Situation has used in this year’s Jersey Shore. I’m talking instead about the 100 best first lines from novels as selected by American Book Review. 1. Call me Ishmael. —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851) 2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession…