Kristian Wilson is a freelance writer and editor from the rural American South. She writes. She reads. She plays video games. She also sleeps sometimes. Talk to her about blankets, ampersands, and the Oxford comma.

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15 Short-Story Collections To Binge Read This Weekend

Want a reading list that's easy to fit into your hectic commute schedule? I know of 15 short-story collections you should binge read this weekend, and they're all waiting for you below. If you majored in literature, you've read enough short stories to know big-league names, such as O. Henry, Anton Chekov, and Jorge Luis Borges. You've probably read the short stories of famous novelists, including "One of These Days" by Gabriel García Márquez and "The Open Boat" by Stephen Crane. Although story c…

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20 Delightfully Quirky Novels To Add To Your TBR

Some days it's easy to forget that we're living in times worthy of a postmodern novel. If you need a reminder, I've got 20 quirky novels to show you how weird life is, and you're going to want to add them to your TBR. I love quirky fiction, all the way from magical realism to the new weird. For this list, I've tried to keep things on the lighter side of quirk — think Matilda over Carrie — but please bear in mind that some of the stories below may veer off into unexpectedly grim or horrific terri…

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This Graphic Novel Is A Timeless Ode To Single Life In The City

Originally published in 2005, Vanessa Davis' Spaniel Rage is getting a re-release from graphic novel publisher Drawn + Quarterly. Begun as a project to draw something every day, Spaniel Rage is a lasting testament to being single in the city as a college graduate. Almost 15 years after Davis drew them, these slice-of-life comics have returned for Millennials' enjoyment. The new edition of Spaniel Rage hit store shelves in February, and I've got insight on the creative life from Davis herself bel…

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How Much Money Is Harry Potter Worth?

Every Potterhead knows that the Boy Who Lived inherited a large fortune upon his parents' death, but just how much money is Harry Potter worth as a franchise? Enough to make J.K. Rowling "the first female novelist billionaire," of course, but let's get an exact number. A new video from Coinage adds up the revenue from J.K. Rowling's books, movies, and spin-off series to come up with a conservative estimate of 51,877,687.62 Galleons, 11 Sickles, and 12 Knuts. How much is Harry Potter worth in Mug…

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Jane Austen Apparently Faked Her Marriage... Twice

Two centuries after her untimely death, Persuasion author Jane Austen continues to surprise and delight us. According to documents that will go on exhibition in May, Jane Austen faked her marriage twice by writing entries in the Steventon marriage register during the late 18th century. This, my friends, is the good side of fake news. The Reverend George Austen took the rectorship of Steventon, Hampshire sometime after he married Cassandra Leigh in 1764. Cassandra gave birth to Jane, the seventh …

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7 Essential Reads About Life In North Korea

I have a confession to make: I'm an eensy bit obsessed with books and documentaries about North Korea. Defector memoirs have become their own subgenre over the last decade or so, and if you're looking for books to read about North Korea, they're a great place to start. Both halves of the Korean peninsula have been through much political turmoil over the last few decades, stretching back to the early 20th century, when Japan occupied the then-unified country. Following Japan's defeat in World War…

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10 Books To Read If You Loved 'Logan'

We came to the end of an era earlier this year, when Logan, Hugh Jackman's last turn as X-Men anti-hero Wolverine, hit theaters. For those of you still riding high on the film's thrills and feels, I've got 10 books to read if you loved Logan and need time to process Jackman's departure. Logan is the ninth film featuring the Aussie actor in the Wolverine role. Jackman first starred as the character in the 2000 film X-Men, alongside co-stars Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKel…

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15 Poems To Share With Your Partners

There are two types of people in the world: those who enjoy poetry and those who have never read the kind of poetry they enjoy. No matter which category you and your circle fall into, I've got 15 poems you can read with your partners and friends to discover your love of poetry. If you think you don't like poetry, don't worry. I know exactly how you feel. I didn't discover just how much I enjoyed non-musical lyricism until the first day of my university Composition II class, when the professor as…

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Neil Gorsuch Just Referenced Harry Potter & Twitter Is Losing It

During the second day of his confirmation hearing, Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch described Oxford "like something out of Harry Potter," and the Internet has a lot of questions. According to a number of #GorsuchHearing tweets, the SCOTUS nominee referenced Hogwarts in describing his dissertation adviser's office. In 2004, Gorsuch received a Doctor of Philosophy in Law from Oxford, where he studied under Natural Law and Natural Rights author John Finnis, an anti-LGBTQ scholar. …

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Read An Excerpt From This Bookstore YA Romance

If you enjoyed Graffiti Moon and A Little Wanting Song, you're going to love this news. Cath Crowley's new novel, Words in Deep Blue, is the story of a bookshop romance between two former besties. It's out this summer from Knopf Books for Young Readers, but Bustle has got an excerpt for you to enjoy below. Before she and her family moved away, Rachel tried to tell Henry how she felt about him. Henry spent Rachel's last night in town with someone else, and nothing ever came of their potential rom…

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