15 Books You Should Definitely Not Read in Your 20s


The Internet (this site not the least bit exempt) is fond of telling you which books you should read. Particularly, it seems, when you’re in your 20s. But now that you have enough of those lists to last you a lifetime, which books should you make sure to steer clear from in this most transitional and tender of decades? Well, here are a few to consider. Disclaimer: all of these (okay, most of these) are good books. They’re books you should read. Just not in your 20s.

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Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature


Writing a novel (or a story, for that matter) is confusing work. There are just so many characters running all over the place, dropping hints and having revelations. So it’s no surprise that many authors plan out their works beforehand, in chart or list or scribble form, in order to keep everything straight. After the jump, you’ll find a mini collection of those planning papers, so you can take a peek into the process of some of your favorite authors, from James Salter to J.K. Rowling.

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Partha Chatterjee on Subaltern Studies, Marxism and Vivek Chibber

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At the recent Historical Materialism conference held in Delhi from April 3-5, a panel was organized with great fanfare – an official panel by the HM editors – around Vivek Chibber’s new book Postcolonial Theory and the Spectre of Capital. This panel was billed to be a decisive refutation of Subaltern Studies and Postcolonial theory, not only by the chief  theorists and organizers of Historical Materialism but by many other Indians – most of whom in any case have little more than a religious faith in ‘Marxism’ and understand little of Marxism and its history.  There was glee all around and one came across the hurried announcement of a Centre for Marxist Studies that was to host further events around this book against the demon that Chibber had apparently slain. After all, Chibber  was backed by the likes of Slavoj Zizek, Robert Brenner and Noam Chomsky, all of whom  had  endorsed…

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The Sandwich Myths

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By Hadiqa Khan

I’m sure you’ve come across the statement ‘Feminists hate sandwiches’ multiple times on the internet or in the middle of light hearted banter amongst your friends and family. You’ve probably also heard that the sandwich is the worst thing that has ever happened to feminism (closely followed by Bella Swan as the second worst thing). The internet memes, such as the one below, did a great job of perpetuating this idea.


This may come as a shock to those who have made 9GAG practically their bible but feminists as a group, DO NOT hate sandwiches. What they probably dislike is the way the sandwich ‘joke’ is used to demean the many qualities and talents women posses by reducing them all to the notion that women belong in the kitchen and are only good for making sandwiches.

Feminism, through the years, has attracted a lot of negative attention. The anti-feminism…

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The Knife Reading List: Feminism, Postcolonialism, And Beyond


As you’ve probably gathered, we really, really like The Knife’s new album Shaking the Habitual. We’ve also very much enjoyed the interviews they’ve been giving of late, mainly because they’ve been talking a lot about all the stuff they were reading over the course of the album — basically, a whole lot critical theory in the fields of gender theory, postcolonialism, and intersectionality. These are fascinating topics to investigate further, although perhaps somewhat daunting if you don’t know where to start. But never fear, we’ve got your back with this essential reading list!

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A Letter To My Best Friend A Week After Her Wedding Day

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Dear best friend,

Well… it’s been one week. Do you feel different?

Because I do.

A week ago I saw you make the best decision of your life — just seven days ago. Just 168 hours. It might as well have been a lifetime.

I had been tearing up all morning. In the midst of all the chaos, every few minutes my mind would settle and I would realize just what was åhappening. I stood next to you in that white dress when you grabbed my shoulder blade and whispered, “Love you.” I always lose it first, but I blame you for causing that one.

I’ll never forget the moment right before we all walked down that long, red-brick aisle. I think I was more nervous than you were. Right before I made those synchronized steps, I looked back expecting to catch your eye. The sun was shining behind that…

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