Susie is the Bitch-in-Chief at IB and is also a contributor at Book Riot. She's an ice cream connoisseur, an art fanatic, a cat-mommy of three, and a wife. She runs the @thebooksluts Twitter account and may be slightly addicted.

The Weekly Verse: All Nearness Pauses, while a Star Can Grow by E. E. Cummings

July 16, 2014 | Susie | 3 Comments

(Did you know it’s E.E. Cummings and not e.e. cummings according to the man (and his wife) himself? Learn something new every day, right?! It’s super fascinating how an error can become canon . . . BRB while I go question everything I ever learned.) […]

The Reading Report: Book News from July 7 – 13, 2014

July 14, 2014 | Susie | 4 Comments

Weekend Listening: Mermaid Avenue by Billy Bragg and Wilco

July 11, 2014 | Susie | 2 Comments

Listen while you read (volume may be loud): Album: Mermaid Avenue by Billy Bragg and Wilco (featuring Natalie Merchant) Released: 1998 by Elektra Recommended if you like: Old school country music, alt-country, amazing sounds in your earholes, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, folk music Notable Tracks: […]

The Reading Report: Book News for June 23 – July 6, 2014

July 7, 2014 | Susie | 6 Comments

No, that’s not a typo above; I didn’t publish a Reading Report last week because we were in Chicago and the drive up on Sunday wiped me out, and I didn’t read many new bookish links this week because I got a cold and have […]

Weekend Listening: Prolonging the Magic by Cake

July 4, 2014 | Susie | Be The First To Comment

Listen while you read (volume may be loud): Album: Prolonging the Magic by Cake Released: 1998 by Capricorn Recommended if you like: Alt-country, singers with non-melodious voices, interesting guitar work, horns (the brass kind), vaguely sexual car metaphors, The Old 97’s, upbeat songs that maybe […]

The Weekly Verse: Vagabonds by Arthur Rimbaud

July 2, 2014 | Susie | 6 Comments

  Rimbaud is hailed by many as an exquisite genius who changed literature forever. Certainly there’s a long line of artists who cite him as inspiration, from Jim Carroll to Patti Smith to Bob Dylan to Pablo Picasso to Jack Kerouac to Vladimir Nabokov, and […]

10 Books to Read: Staff Recommendations, July 2014

July 1, 2014 | Susie | 3 Comments

“JULY?! Did I miss June?” Nay, nay. I just, I got in the habit of posting them at the end of the month? And then they looked like they were a month old? So these are really June’s, I’m just promoting them. Here’s a few […]

Weekend Listening: Want One by Rufus Wainwright

June 27, 2014 | Susie | 1 Comment

Listen while you read (volume may be loud): Album: Want One by Rufus Wainwright Released: September 23, 2003 by DreamWorks records Recommended if you like: poetry set to music; sing-out-loud songs with brain-bendingly gorgeous lyrics and also some contemplative ones and some sad ones that […]

Publishing Vs. Amazon: A Play in Five Acts

| Susie | 139 Comments

Act I: Amazon: Hey Publishing, we just invented a new thing that we think you’ll like. You know how after you make a book you have to pay a buttload of money to get it all printed and shipped and stuff? We figured out a […]

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