Monday Links

Welcome to Monday! Did you catch the Superbowl? I’m not a big sports fan, so I entirely missed the game, the commercials, the performances – everything. Meanwhile, here are some great articles you might have missed last week. As always, there will be emotionally challenging content, and perhaps some spoilers – reader beware.

Author Zadie Smith puts to rest the myth that motherhood is a threat to creativity in this article in The Telegraph.

In the wake of the whole Roosh V. debacle, the Reductress tells us how to see your harasser in a whole new light.

NBC surveys college students to find that most prefer paper books.

The Superbowl may be over, but The Nerdist’s Settlers of Catan nachos can be enjoyed anytime!

The Big Smoke tells us to get over our prejudice against curly hair.

France becomes the first country to mandate an end to food waste.

Go forth and have a great week, everyone!

Monday Links

It’s a brand new month, but we’ve got some fun links from the last week of January that caught our collective eyes. As always, there will be emotionally challenging material and perhaps some spoilers, so reader beware.

Saturday Night Live mocked the Oscars’ snub of actors of color with its all-white awards rosters.

A woman named Janese Talton-Jackson was murdered, and someone who knew her mourns her death while considering why she was killed.

Bust answers the question everyone’s been asking – “Where’s Rey?” 

BuzzFeed believes that you should know the disturbing facts behind why Kesha hasn’t been releasing new music.

The Nerdy Bird showcased how the iconic Barbie doll has received a much-overdue makeover.

Business Insider thinks you should step away from the keyboard if you want to really take in the lecture you’re hearing.

Higher Perspective assures those of us who are chronic overthinking worriers that we’re not mentally ill, we’re just more creative than everyone else. Whew! I was worried.

And, lastly, our friend Daniel José Older walks us through the 5 Stages of Confronting Privilege.

Have an exciting, productive week, everyone!

Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors
Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors

Monday Links

Good morning! Last week, the internet settled down somewhat after the extraordinary deaths that had occurred in the weeks previous. Now that we’ve calmed down and processed our grief a little, it’s back to business as usual. As always, there is emotionally challenging content ahead, and perhaps spoilers from movies you may not have seen, so reader beware.

First up (and most important), there’s been a brand-new version of the Lithomobilus app, that loads faster, has smoother navigation, and is just generally spiffier and more swell.

Our friend Daniel José Older tells us why one of the most familiar pieces of writing advice is wrong.

The Mary Sue gives us a look at how masculinity is expressed in the new Star Wars.

The Belle Jar tells us that selfies aren’t the demonstrations of narcissism that everyone else keeps telling us they are.

BuzzFeed gave us 13 charts about Impostor Syndrome, or, as I like to think of it, “comparing your real life to everyone else’s Facebook highlights.”

Refinery 29 exhorts us not to wait until we’ve lost weight to start loving ourselves.

And, finally, Fairfax Media brought us a touching story about a couple’s decision to end their lives on their own terms, and what that decision meant to their family.

Go forth and have a great week, everybody!

Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors
Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors

Monday Links

Last week was a tough one for many people. It’s hard to begin the year by losing two men whose work was loved and admired. We can only hope that as the weeks of 2016 wear on, we get some good news. Regardless, here’s what we were reading last week. As always, there may be emotionally challenging content ahead: read at your own risk.

Read the things that David Bowie learned in life in this Esquire article.

Patrick O’Neil talks about the difficulty of overcoming an eating disorder in After Party Magazine.

7×7 showed us up-and-coming Bay Area authors, including Cassandra Dallett, whose book Pearl Tongue we reviewed back in August.

Sam Dylan Finch reminded us to treat everyone as an individual in this article about trans people who don’t experience dysphoria.

Courtney Martin analyzed the way we view other people’s problems, and why we think they’re more easily solved than our own.

Tasha Robinson familiarized us with Trinity Syndrome, where strong female characters are given nothing to do in current films.

Jenny Anderson talk about how praising your children doesn’t necessarily help them.

And finally, Shannon Moroney talk about the unseen victims of violent crime – the families of convicted criminals.

Have a great week, everybody!

Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors
Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors

Monday Links

Keeping Up With the WorldWe’re changing things up here at Zoetic headquarters. From now on, we’re livening up your Mondays with a round-up of the most interesting things we read last week – things that moved us, things that infuriated us, things that made us think and act. Here’s what we found last week (Be aware – some of these articles link to emotionally-laden subjects, and some contain content spoilers. Read at your own peril.):

Read Kara Waite’s experiences with weight loss and social pressure in Weightless.

Read how Barstool Sports has perfected its brand of online bullying in How Barstool Sports Uses Social Media As a Weapon.

Read one person’s experiences of dealing with mental health crises in What To Do When You Feel Like Your World Is Ending And Everybody Hates You And Nothing Will Ever Be Ok Again.

Read Sara Maria Griffin explain Star Wars to you.

And, finally, check out how novelists are using Patreon to make money from their short fiction.

Happy reading, and we’ll catch you up with what we’re reading again next week!

Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors
Lise and Allie, your Zoetic editors

The Winners of 2015

How do you decide what to read? I’m lucky – it just appears in my inbox. But for those of you who aren’t lucky enough to have amazing authors emailing you stories that no one’s ever read before, seeking out literary award winners is a good way of finding the best there is. Here are some of the highlights of the past year.

PEN Open Book Awards

An Unnecessary Woman (Rabih Alameddine)
Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Charles M. Blow)
Team Seven (Marcus Burke)
Streaming (Allison Adelle Hedge Coke)
Every Day Is for the Thief (Teju Cole)
An Untamed State (Roxane Gay)
A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)
Citizen: An American Lyric (Claudia Rankine)
The Fateful Apple (Venus Thrash)
The City Son (Samrat Upadhyay)
Kinder Than Solitude (Yiyun Li)

PEN Translation Prize

Trans-Atlantyk by Witold Gombrowicz (Translated from the Polish by Danuta Borchardt)
The Gray Notebook by Josep Pla (Translated from the Catalan by Peter Bush)
The Symmetry Teacher by Andrei Bitov (Translated from the Russian by Polly Gannon)
The Master of Confessions by Thierry Cruvellier (Translated from the French by Alex Gilly)
The Man Who Loved Dogs by Leonardo Padura (Translated from the Spanish by Anna Kushner)
I Ching (Translated from the Chinese by John Minford)
Baboon by Naja Marie Aidt (Translated from the Danish by Denise Newman)
Texas: The Great Theft by Carmen Boullosa (Translated from the Spanish by Samantha Schnee)
Self-Portrait in Green by Marie NDiaye (Translated from the French by Jordan Stump)
The Woman Who Borrowed Memories by Tove Jansson (Translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal and Silvester Mazzarella)

National Book Award


A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
Fates and Furies (Lauren Groff)
The Turner House (Angela Flournoy)
Refund: Stories (Karen E. Bender)


Fortune Smiles: Stories (Adam Johnson)

Man Booker Prize


The Year of the Runaways (Sunjeey Sahota)
A Spool of Blue Thread (Anne Tyler)
The Fishermen (Chigozie Obioma)
A Little Life (Hanya Yanagihara)
Satin Island (Tom McCarthy)


A Brief History of Seven Killings (Marlon James)

Nobel Prize for Literature

Svetlana Alexievich, author of War Does Not Have a Woman’s Face (1985), Zinky Boys: Soviet Voices From the Afghanistan War (1991), Enchanted with Death (1994), Voices From Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (1997), The Last Witnesses: A Hundred of Unchildlike Lullabys (2004), Second-hand Time (2013)

We hope that you had a restful holiday season, and we look forward to an engaging, exciting year of literature in 2016.

Lise and Allie, your Zoetic Press editors