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It’s that time again, ladies and gentlemen. New York Comic Con is upon us. The celebration of comics, television, film and books from all corners of the nerd spectrum takes over Javits Center in Manhattan this weekend. Although not quite as large as its San Diego cousin, NYCC still brings in a huge number of actors, creators, artists and fans of all kinds. While the scope of the convention has widened to include almost everything pop culture related, it still focuses on comic books at its heart. And comic books mean superheroes.
October 10, 2013

Throwback Thirsty, Anyone?

Posted by emily
This week we're throwing back...a shot or two? honor of our most favorite famous literary drunks. Just kidding, we're not really taking shots, but we are celebrating the writers who liked their drinks alcoholic and often. So join us this Throwback Thirsty Thursday in honoring those stumbling men of letters who managed --- between swigs of whiskey --- to create some of the best and most unforgettable literature. Throw back this throwback any way you want, because --- as Nikki is constantly reminding us --- it's always five o'clock somewhere.  (Photo credit Joshua R. Mallory)
As one of’s more mobile interns (I work remotely and live on the West Coast), I get access to a whole other side of the country. This past weekend, I visited Wordstock, a cleverly-titled (unfortunately the comparison is lost on us darn millennials) literary convention in Portland, Oregon. Much like the city that houses it, Wordstock is enthusiastic, very indie and a tad strange...but always in a good way.
The government might be shut down, but Throwback Thursday most certainly isn't! Unlike the American Battle Monuments Commission, or the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, we're up and running over here at 20SomethingReads, and throwing back despite losing some of our most precious civil liberties --- like visiting Yellowstone Park, or accessing the National Zoo's panda cam. I know. We're heroes. So go ahead and indulge in your weekly nostalgia --- it's your right as an American, nay, as a human. 
Now that we’ve mastered the basic steps to dealing with hipsterdom, we must now learn how to shop like a book hipster. This is the easiest and the most fun of all the things that make us book hipsters what we are. And, even better, we get to take some cues from Macklemore.
October 1, 2013

I’m a Slave 4 revU

Marisha Pessl’s paradigm-shifting new novel, NIGHT FILM, was all the rage late this summer. It’s part noir thriller, part psychological mystery and part meta-commentary on the way people relate to art and the artists who make it. Obviously I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read it, so when a copy arrived at our office, I played it super cool so no one would suspect anything and slipped it stealthily into my bag (in a move that even Liesel Meminger would’ve been proud of! BOOK THIEF jokes!
Robin Wasserman's latest book, THE WAKING DARK, follows the story of a small town that is taken over by a force that causes good people to murder. Only one killer from killing day survived, and she doesn't even know why she killed...or if she'll do it again. In this blog post, Wasserman explores her insecurity with finding an idea --- or rather --- finding something to say.
What do TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT’S ME MARGARET and the Harry Potter series have in common? They’ve all been successfully kicked out of school libraries because some parent complained about them. Surprised? Good. You should be. This week (Sept. 22-28) is Banned Books Week (BBW for short) and we’re tackling it head-on here at 20SomethingReads.
The difference between a hero and an anti-hero is best defined, as most things in life are, by the differences between Superman and Batman. Superman battles otherworldly beings intent on Earth’s destruction and tries to cause them as little injury as possible. He’s not happy about his job, but he does it for the good of others. At night, he goes home to his loving wife and relaxes, happy to take up the role of Clark Kent. Batman spends his evenings using ancient martial arts techniques to cause as much pain possible to the poor and mentally ill.
September 25, 2013

Throwback Thursday: So Many Cheers for Banned Books Week!

Posted by emily
Happy Banned Books Week, readers! Don't you love a celebration of how stupid our country used to be (?) and how far we've come (?)? I know we over here at 20SomethingReads (and TeenReads --- check out Liz's blog post about it here) do! At the outset of this project we figured --- because we're such a subversive group of curious intellectuals --- that we'd have no problem finding books we've read and loved on the banned books list. We were shocked to learn how many of our old favorites were banned --- basically every good book ever was decried at some point. Even my sister, Jilly, who famously hates books, would find something she's read on the list. So let's give three cheers (or however many cheers you want, because society doesn't OWN us) for all the great literature that has made it through centuries of ignorance and misguided moral condemnation! Because how much lonelier would our childhoods have been without Holden, Huck Finn or (*gasp*) Harry Potter? I know you get it. Even Jilly gets it.