Remember Hyperbole and a Half? A couple years back, her blog was it on the internet, mostly because Allie Brosh, the blog's writer, is the most hilarious person ever. But then she started to write a book, and then she got sad, and then we didn't hear from her for almost 2 years... until yesterday. Yesterday Allie posted on her Facebook page for the first time in a gazillion years, and she even put up a post! It's, in her words, a "pre-post" to a sadder post from today called Depression Part 2, but I am welcoming that shit with open arms. The internet is not the internet without crudely drawn MS Paint photos of Allie doing things. If you somehow missed her blog (and all the memes that spawned from it), may I suggest a few entries? Okay! How a Fish Almost Destroyed My Childhood, Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving, and, of course, This is Why I'll Never be an Adult. (Plus, don't forget you can pre-order her book!) —Katie
Whoa, it's 4/20! If you're in Colorado right now, congrats! If you're not then it's time to wake 'n bake in the secrecy of your home and seize the day! Even if your day only involves moving from your bed to the couch and then maybe down to the kitchen for a minute before going back up to the couch again, that's okay! Let's get this stoner party started! Here is where I would insert the "raise the roof" hand emojis if I could. —Katie
Keebler Mini-Pie Maker
When you first get up, you're gonna be hungry, so why not make some mini-pies to keep your belly happy throughout the day? Think of all the shit you can put in them: breakfast shit, taco shit, chocolate (Nutella!!!) shit. The possibilities are endless!
Supaboy Portable Game Console
After you've made pies to stuff your face with all day, settle onto the couch and pull out this bad boy so you can get reacquainted with all your old-school SNES games. Remember how hard Zelda was? You will now.
Hamburger Bean Bag
If the couch gets uncomfortable, scoot on over to this burger bean bag so you can have the ultimate munchie session while watching Saturday morning cartoons.
Altru Leaf Tank Top
Now it's time to throw on some clothes and head outside. I know it's a lot of work, so I won't blame you if you skip the next few suggestions in favor of lying in your house all day.
Glow-In-The-Dark Vinyl Cruiser Skateboard
Don't forget your sweet, glow-in-the-dark board. Cruisin' down the big hill by your house is going to be extra entertaining.
Lomography 120mm 400 Speed Color Negative Film
While you're skating around, snap a couple pics with some negative film. You'll totally be like "OMG, no waaaaay" when you get them developed.
Pot Psychology's How To Be By Tracie Egan Morrissey & Rich Juzwiak
After you've worked up a sweat, go home and curl up with one of those Nutella pies and this incredibly useful book. It's gonna make so much sense to you right now. You and that french bulldog on the cover are going to have a psychic connection.
I'm no stranger to Mary Jane. In fact, she was one of my best friend in college—even though I had to pay a lot of money to hang out with her everyday. Even so, she was really fun, and we spent a lot of nights together, up late making weird faces into my Macbook Photo Booth. One thing we sucked at, however, was cooking. Instead of trying to make anything remotely edible, we'd eat wraps laced with ranch dressing, chips dipped in ketchup, and the occasional attempt at a marshmallow and Rice Crispies mix in the microwave.
Über-cool zine and art book publisher Nieves (which is also famous for having one of the best logos/mascots ever, Knigli the Ghost) is releasing a limited edition box set of all their best zines published from 2012. Featuring a great selection of artists like Olaf Breuning, Jocko Weyland and more, this box seems like a very awesome collection. - Hazel
Wildsam Field Guides are "a series of American field guides, small books with a lot of soul, packed with local lore, interviews, a cultural almanac, vignetted memoirs, a best-of list, hand-drawn maps, and much more." Sounds perfect for those of us looking to travel. The Nashville Field Guide was the first book in the series released by Wildsam, and in May the newest field guide for Austin will be available to the public. If you happen to be at SXSW this week, then you'll be able to get your hands on a preview of the Austin guide. You can check out where they'll be available here, and once you check it out, you can start having the Austin time of your life!—Katie
Sometimes you just want to read a book that will let you feel like you're getting to experience a new place. Whether that's through a road trip plot, a character traveling, or just an excellent setting is up to you. Here's a short list of books to check out if you're feeling particularly wanderlust-y lately. Since I'm terrible at summarizing books in a legitimate way, I pulled each description off of Amazon for you guys, and if you click the picture, you'll go straight to the Amazon link so you can load up your cart with brain-strengthening tomes. Look how easy I made reading for you! Do it!—Katie
On The Road Jack Kerouac [BECAUSE DUH]
"On the Road chronicles Jack Kerouac's years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady, 'a sideburned hero of the snowy West.' As 'Sal Paradise' and 'Dean Moriarty', the two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac's love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance."
Blue Highways William Least-Heat Moon
M. Wartella, a cartoonist who has worked with MAD, Wonder Showzen, and Superjail!, as well as other publications and shows, is now releasing a 12x12 book filled with his awesome cartoons that parents totally hate (if you don't believe me, just watch the video below and die at how mad the adults in it are). You know you want to get in on this. If you'd like to pre-order the book, you can do so through Burger Records, or if you're going to SXSW, you can hunt down a limited-edition hardcover copy there!—Katie
Here at the UO blog we spend a lot of time trolling the internet. Like, a lot of time. I mean, there are thousands of cat videos out there. And although the internet is the greatest thing the world has ever seen, we can't forget about dear, sweet books. Books are still awesome! Plus, sometimes it's just cozier to curl up with a book instead of a metal laptop. So, even though none of us are book experts, we thought we'd throw out the titles of our current fave books. Spreadin' the book love, yo!
I've been re-reading Dave Egger's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. A Gen-X manifesto, I liked the book when I first read it at 18, but now that I'm in my (guh) mid-20s, I'm really appreciating Eggers' skill and honesty. I'm also reading a comic called Y: The Last Man, about a world where every male on Earth dies in a sudden and violent manner, except for one dude. Sounds good, right? I'm just getting into it but so far it is badass.—Angelo
Right now I'm totally on a Stones binge, and this is a great book to go along with that. Aside from just chronicling the insanity of their 1972 American tour, Robert Greenfield gives a good commentary on the rock and roll scene at the time.—Maddie
The last novel I read and finished (ha!) was I Love Dick by Chris Kraus. Me and a lot of the Rookie gals are really obsessed with this one. It's a semi-autobiographical account from Kraus about falling in love with a man named Dick and the transformative, introspective journey she takes to get close to him through letters. It's radical and redefines feminism and is really great.—Hazel
I received this book over the holidays and have spent the past couple months getting acquainted with Ms. Coddington. Grace's memoir is filled with delicate illustrations that bring to life the people, places and stories that have been scattered throughout not only the book, but her long-lasting career in the fashion industry. This is one of those books that fills your eyes with wonder the minute you open your hardback and are greeted by front row she has so frequently called home. Ladies and gentleman, welcome to Grace's life. —Ally
This book, The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina van Grouw, is a combo of taxidermy and art. It looks so cool! I don't even care about birds, but I'm totally interested in flipping through this book and gettin' my learn on. Dead things are cool, guys.—Katie
Iconograph Magazine is in its second issue and features an awesome collection of visual pieces that explore "the contemporary use of Ritualistic Iconography" through art, design and photography. Some of the artists involved in this issue are Curtis Kulig, Julien Langendorff, Adam Tullie, Cleon Peterson, and it's dedicated to the memory of Justin Van Hoy.—Katie
If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, stop by Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) to help celebrate L.A. Zine Week! This Saturday, February 9 from 1-5 PM, join Sara of Freeways Collide in the courtyard for a zine sale featuring Bruised Zine (plus the launch of the new issue), Aurora Lady, Influentza Zine, and so many more. Go out and support independent publishing this weekend! - Maddie
Thisishowyouwinherback.com is a website dedicated to, you guessed it, winning back a girl. The guy behind the website broke up with his girlfriend ten months ago (!!!) and now he's decided to start plastering this poster all over NYC in the hopes of winning her back. Two weeks ago he put up 200 posters in one day. He put up 100 last week. The quote on the poster is a Lolita quote that he wrote in her kitchen on the day of their last big fight. Also, it is wrong. Also, I can't tell if this whole "endearing" "romantic" gesture is more or less annoying than if he were to stand outside the girl's window with a boombox playing Peter Gabriel. At least if he chose the boombox option, his poor ex would get to listen to some sweet tunes. Thisishowyoucreepherout, dude.—Katie
Team Art Delights makes a coloring book filled with '90s pop divas and I need it. They also make other coloring books, including one titled "Boy Bands" which speaks to my soul on a very personal level. It's stuff like this that convinces me Etsy is the greatest website to ever exist.—Katie
Okay, so maybe that picture isn't making you feel excited about picking up a Brontë novel, but I promise you won't be disappointed. Even though these sisters lived in the mid 1800s, they were real good at writing. I mean, holy shit, these books are dramatic. These ladies could have made decent livings as soap opera screenwriters if they had been born 150 years later. In any case, Emily, Charlotte and Anne were talented enough to ensure that their novels are still important to this day.—Katie
This book is out of control. If you've never read it, you need to. It's filled with weird love affairs and like, every single character bites the dust. (That is not a spoiler because this came out literally 150 years ago so c'mon.) There's also about 50 million characters in this book so it can be hard to keep track, but stick it out! And I better not hear anyone tell me that they have a crush on Heathcliff because he is a turd.
Charlotte Brontë's novel is probably the most dramatic out of the bunch. This book has mysterious mansion occurrences, multiple fires, doomed love and the main character, Jane Eyre, has an intense brush with death. Oh yeah, and rich uncle inheritances! Seriously, I think every drama made after Jane Eyre used this as a guideline because damn.
This is totally the least dramatic of all three books mentioned, but it's still worth reading. In this Anne Brontë novel, Agnes and her family fall on hard times so she goes off to work as a nanny. If you can believe it, the families she works for are big, fat jerks and make Agnes' life a living hell. Although Agnes is probably the least exciting of the Brontë heroines (she doesn't even die), it still makes for an interesting read. Nannies for NYC Park Slope families could probably relate to this one.
The third edition of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo was released this week, and it promises more than 100 new photographs of women sportin' tattoos throughout history. Way to go, ladies! Crushing the social norm and all that. This New Yorker article on the book also mentions that more women than men were tattooed in 2012 in the U.S. To me, this seems like a victory for women everywhere, but I'm sure my mom would be clutching her pearls. Anyway, suck it, fellas!—Katie
In the spirit of getting it together, let's take a look at some things that can help your apartment start looking more like a real human's house instead of the home of disorganized wolverines. Who knows, maybe you'll get inspired.—Katie
So, in April, Marvel is relaunching the X-Men series with a new #1 issue and an all-female team of X-Men. Yes! This has the potential to be so, so awesome, and it would be amazing if something like this took off. While the series is still being written and illustrated by men (Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel, respectively), it should prove to be one of the more interesting reboots in the comic world. Even though three of the six ladies in the illustration above may be wearing sexy catsuits, at least half of them have on sensible, ass-kicking outfits. As long as this series doesn't revolve around crying over men, I'm totally on board. (via Wired)—Katie
Author David Sedaris has announced that he will be releasing a new book in April titled Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls. Hallelujah! While his last book, Squirrel Seeking Chipmunk, was more of a fiction book of sorts, it sounds like this new one will be a return to his normal essay style ("normal" being the subjective word here since he likes to write about how to flush big poop at parties and how he attempted to learn French from medical cassettes), and I could not be more excited.—Katie
Wow, I just learned that Ann M. Martin only wrote the first 35 books out of the like, 7,000 books that are in The Babysitters Club series. My entire childhood was a lie! The Babysitters Club gals were the original HBICs, though, so let's never forget all the lessons they taught us.—Katie
1. If you pee your pants at a sleepover, you are definitely diabetic. Also, Stacey's friends were mean as hell.
2. If you can't find any pictures of yourself as a baby, you might be adopted. [This Claudia storyline prompted me to search my parents' house in a panic for baby pictures.]
3. If you overexplain things every single book, no one will like you, Karen.
4. If you are an artist, you should wear wacky leggings and big hoop earrings to show everyone how unique you are, otherwise they won't know. [Seriously, check out these Claudia outfits.]
5. Having your own phone line in your bedroom is the absolute coolest thing in the world and the number 1 thing everyone should aspire to.