A weird all new edition of Fifty Shades of Grey is flying right at your face, like a tie, or a noose, or whatever other stuff happens in that book that I could never take seriously enough to finish. Just in time for Valentine’s day! I seem equally unlikely to read the new edition of Fifty Shades of Grey as I was with the last version, but, well, I guess some people will. Here is what you are going to find inside it: More
Lena Dunham’s book proposal is here. More
If you’ve ever read The Yellow Wallpaper, chances are you already have a terrifying vision of that room permanently etched into your brain, but it’s always neat to see someone else’s take on it, no? Artist Julia Callon has created a series of dioramas that accomplishes that and more. For her Houses Of Fiction series, Callon attempted to replicate the interiors from various works of 19th century lady-literature, spaces which, due to their protagonists’ confinement to the domestic sphere, had great (usually deleterious) effects on their psyches. “The dichotomous representation of women — mad or sane — is crucial to represent in this series,” writes Callon in her artist’s statement. “Therefore, each story is presented as a diptych: one image represents the passive, subservient woman, while the other represents ‘madness.’” Word. More
The coolest woman in literature is probably Scarlett O’Hara, discussion over. More
This postcard is from F. Scott Fitzgerald, who, admittedly, was not a sunshine kiddy at the best of times (being drunk should not be confused with being happy). However, this is heartbreaking. More
In Pick Of The Week, I highlight a nifty fashion/home/beauty item that I’ve discovered in my travels. More
First of all, there’s a Fifty Shades of Grey magazine. How? Where did it come from? It just appeared in our office, as if by magic. I like to think it found us. And it contains articles by sex surrogates and therapists and Mormons talking about why Fifty Shades of Grey is so popular. Interesting! It also contains sex tips which are not what you’d expect… More
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I am going to say a fairly controversial thing: if you are a writer, I think you are going to want to steal lines from other writers.
If you are an aspiring writer, I think wanting to steal lines from other people is a very, very good sign. It is a good sign because it means you recognize what good lines are. Because, be clear, there are a lot of people out there who simply can’t tell. More
You will notice they line up with Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha, or, alternatively, Hannah, Shoshanna, Marni and Jemma. I mean, they do if you’re a crazy person. More
Look. It’s up to us to put the racy back in literacy.
To that end, send in a picture of you reading while sexy. Now, “sexy” is constituted of whatever that means to you. If it means riding a lawnmower in a Teletubby suit, well, I like that TheGloss accepts all kinds. I’d prefer not to feature nudity unless it ‘s really creatively done, in which case, okay, go for it. Reading is defined as “you should probably have a book in front of you in the picture. Or a kindle. Something.”
Send the pictures – along with your name, and a book recommendation to share – to Jennifer@thegloss.com, any time this week. More
Look, I’d go see Great Expectations if it was being performed in Aramaic by sock puppets, that’s how much I love it. But, that said, I am a pretty big fan of Alfonso Cuarón’s 1998 adaptation, starring Ethan Hawke and a big eyed Gwyneth Paltrow kissing in the rain and dancing and Anne Bancroft. Especially Anne Bancroft. Anne Bancroft is her own thing, like dancing in the rain. I also think that Great Expectations is, curiously, one of Dicken’s more modern, accessible novels, so it was a really good one to update. Though I think Great Expectations would make a great sic-fi adaptation with a clone army, but that is beside the point.
That said, I love, love, love Helena Bonham Carter so I’m excited to see how she’ll do in the upcoming version. Really, I think she’s the kind of person who was born to play Miss Havisham. And while the upcoming version is set in the past that means it will have historical costumes. I’m going to show the trailers for both. You tell me which version looks better. This is all on you, now: More