Susie

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.

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Publishing Vs. Amazon: A Play in Five Acts

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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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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 […]

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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., […]