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: 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 […]

The Weeky Verse: Who Said It Was Simple by Audre Lorde

June 25, 2014 | Susie | 1 Comment

  Clearly, at some point during Pride Month, I had to do a Weekly Verse featuring Audre Lorde. A feminist and lesbian born to Caribbean immigrants, Lorde encompasses a whole lotta intersectionality all in one package, even before she puts pen to paper. And good […]

What Would Be On Your Ultimate 90’s Playlist?

June 24, 2014 | Susie | 51 Comments

Okay, you guys. The 90’s. Let’s do this. If you were musically aware in the 90’s, then you know there was some bomb-ass music happening until it stopped happening (but that’s another story). My whole pre-teen/early teen musical life was defined by Nirvana, RHCP, R.E.M., […]

The Reading Report: Book News from June 16 – June 22, 2014

June 23, 2014 | Susie | 9 Comments

  The Best Things All Week The brilliant Mallory Ortberg at The Toast reveals her (hilariously satirical) prestigious literary novel. Pants-peeingly funny. This marriage proposal at Powell’s books will probably make you cry, (via Out) provided you’re not anti-gay. If you are anti-gay, please fuck […]

The Reading Report: Book News from June 9 – 15, 2014

June 16, 2014 | Susie | 2 Comments

  The Best Things All Week How Not to Review Women’s Writing via The Toast “She’s successful — but is she too successful? Did she achieve success in the wrong way? Is she laughing at me? Do her fans like her work too much?” FYI, […]

The Weekly Verse: Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

June 11, 2014 | Susie | 7 Comments

It’s Pride Month at IB, so I’ve been looking for related poetry for The Weekly Verse. I came across this article at Autostraddle and I was like, welp, that looks like an excellent place to start. A lot of the work featured on the list […]

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