IDK Query: Why are my houseplants dying?

Q. Why are my houseplants dying?   This query comes from a young woman looking for books on houseplant healthcare. Probing further, we found out her spider plants (a weird, scary name for a type of indoor palm plant) were growing dark tips on the ends of their fronds. Their leaves were becoming dry and […]

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

  Feels like: V.C. Andrews is alive and well, writing disturbing, gothic-victorian literature for a modern audience. Sounds like: “Me and the Devil” by Adia Victoria Listen Here / 2018 HELLO YELLOW REVIEWS Playlist There’s a couple of really important things to know right off the bat with this book: if you’re triggered by incest, […]

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Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki

Feels like: reading the LACMA information placard that explains the purpose of the performance art piece you’re already eye-rolling at. Sounds like: “Hush” by Liv Dawson Listen Here / 2018 HELLO YELLOW REVIEWS Playlist Woman No. 17, though enchanting and seductive in cover art and plot synopsis (it’s got it all—complicated mothers, complex female relationships, artists […]

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Otherworld by Jason Segel/Kirsten Miller

Feels like: Dave Eggers’ The Circle meets World of Warcraft, narrated by that friend of yours who’s really into Second Life. Sounds like: “Arisen My Senses” by Bjork “And that’s the true test, I realize–the one that reveals who’s human and who’s not. Real people rarely do what you wish they would do.” Just to start this […]

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The Fourth Wall & Story Time

There’s nothing more satisfying in art and culture than breaking the fourth wall. The fourth wall, to any non-theater-nerds, is the invisible barrier that shields the characters in a performance from the gaze of the audience. When you’re watching a play, the characters in the play don’t recognize that they’re characters in a play, nor do […]

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The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick

Feels like: Gone Girl meets The Haunting meets George Saunders Sounds like: “Wait” by Wild Cub “This is a thing that I’m sure is obvious to everyone else but is never-endingly astonishing to me: that every change, every life, consists of nothing but a series of days.”  I wish I hadn’t read this book so […]

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