The Week’s Most Popular Posts: October 5-11, 2013

Let’s take a look back at the most popular posts from the week that was….


Literary Kicks: Okay. I don’t know about you, but my life was not complete until I learned there is an artist who will custom-design high heels or flats or tennis shoes inspired by your favorite works of fiction. I’ve always liked Poe, but I think I may like him even more knowing I can wear him over my toes. Production time takes a few weeks but I think it looks like it’s more than worth the wait.

from Book Fetish: Volume LXXXX by Kelly Jensen


The story, like the book, is vivid and funny and evocative, but it seems like fairly conventional teenage stuff — a female, Canadian cousin of Catcher in the Rye — until close to the end. A middle-aged family friend, Mr. Chamberlain, convinces Del to come for a ride with him out into the woods. I won’t spoil what happens next, except to say that it involves the first, and perhaps best, description of a penis in Munro’s entire oeuvre:

“It had a sort of head on it, like a mushroom, and its color was reddish purple. It looked blunt and stupid, compared, say, to fingers and toes with their intelligent expressiveness, or even to an elbow or a knee.”

-from Getting Started with Alice Munro by Ben Dolnick

We at the Riot love a good poll, and in our latest bout of curiosity, we asked you to name your three favorite literary characters. 679 Riot readers answered the call, selecting 681 unique characters….

  1. Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)–106
  2. Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird)–80
  3. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)–76
  4. Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre)–58
  5. Sherlock Holmes (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)–47

from Your 20 Most-Loved Literary Characters by Rebecca Joines Schinsky


bella swan feminism



One of the things that really bothers me in popular culture is historical forgetfulness, especially in regard to women’s history. I don’t know how many times I’ve come across a historical novel where the author makes the assumption that women of the past were of course less “liberated” than contemporary women and therefore always followed the rules and never did anything on their own. Yeah, those women who fought for and eventually won the right to vote—such shrinking violets.


-from Classics That Prove Your Grandma Could Kick Bella Swan’s Ass by Tasha Brandstatter

The week’s most popular post over at Food Riot was…. 

The slow-cooker is just too tempting, as in, “Wow, I can just plop in a few ingredients in the morning and come home to a ready-made dinner!” And yes, there are plenty of good recipes that let you do just that.

Yet there are times when it’s wisest to just step away from the slow-cooker….

from How To Know a Good Slow Cooker Recipe When You See One by Wini Moranville

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