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Maddie Crum
Maddie Crum is the Books Editor at The Huffington Post.

Entries by Maddie Crum

How To Win At Scrabble, According To Former Director Of National Scrabble Association

(3) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 10:41 AM


As a self-professed Scrabble obsessive, John D. Williams Jr.’s new memoir Word Nerd caught my attention. Its subtitle -- Dispatches from the Games, Grammar, and Geek Underground -- intrigued me because when it comes to Scrabble play, I’m less interested in...

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The Prickly History Of Tattooing In America

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 9:29 AM

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According to a Nielsen poll, one in five Americans has a tattoo, and nearly 90 percent of those who do never regret getting inked up.

Of course, it hasn't always been this way. Tattoos were once taboo in the...

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The Bottom Line: Deborah Levy's 'Beautiful Mutants and Swallowing Geography'

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 8:31 AM

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“I need a lot of external stimulation bulleting into my life,” Richard Ford said in an interview with The Paris Review. “I’m not talking about exhilaration or thrill, I just want new sounds coming into my ears.” He’s referring to working on...

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I Asked A Linguist To Analyze OKCupid Usernames. This Is What She Found.

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 11:54 AM

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I’m an online dating evangelist. I’ve swiped, I’ve messaged, I’ve boldly gone where no right-thinking relationship-seeker has gone before (to see a vampire movie on a first date), all in the name of finding love, or at least a cool...

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This Comic Book Is The Geeky, Feminist Answer To Bad Dating Advice

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2015 | 8:30 AM


"I think there are always such silly ideas out there of women being mysterious creatures when it's usually quite the opposite,” comic book publisher Hope Nicholson says. “Most of us are quite open and willing to chat and share our stories.”

It’s this...

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This Woman Photographed Herself Every Time She Cried For Three Years

(61) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 8:33 AM

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Emily Knecht takes photos of herself pouting. But she’s not puckering her lips sensually, or posing for followers in a way that’s conventionally attractive. Knecht’s selfies aren’t of the promotional or confidence-building variety. They’re a running log of every time she’s cried...

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Why One Instagram Account Is Following The Life Of A Single, Beautiful Tree

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 8:26 AM

In sunlight, it's a vibrant green, and passersby guzzle beer out of glass bottles before resting underneath it. At sunset, it's a dark shadow with sinewy limbs, and a team of runners rushes past. At nighttime, it blends in with a grey sky.

It is a single, small tree...

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Meet The Young Feminist Photographer Who Uses Selfies As Her Weapon

(4) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 8:26 AM

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A Google Image search for “babe” yields unsurprising results: an endless scroll of women who look both young and fertile. Their faces, poses and outfits are so without difference that it’d be easy to believe in the illusion...

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Ellie Davies' NASA-Inspired Photo Series Captures The Everyday Beauty of Starry Nights

(5) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 9:06 AM

Ellie Davies grew up in an ancient forest in England -- the sort of place where fairy tales, both dark and whimsical, are set. So she understands firsthand that woodlands can exude a magical aura difficult to capture with the stark reality of a photograph.

"We enter...

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Esta editora só vai lançar livros escritos por mulheres

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 1:52 PM

Em 2014, apenas 27% dos autores destacados no The Times Literary Supplement foram mulheres. No caso da revista literária Paris Review, 40% foram mulheres, e do semanário The Nation, apenas 29%. Esses números foram obtidos graças à contagem anual VIDA, em um esforço para iluminar a desigualdade de...

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Ένα τρομερό δίδυμο θέλει να φτιάξει αδιάβροχα βιβλία και πρέπει να τους βοηθήσουμε

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 9:11 AM

Έχεις ετοιμάσει ένα ωραίο, ζεστό αφρόλουτρο, με τις μπουρμπουλήθρες του, τα αρωματικά έλαιά του και τα όλα του, έχεις ανάψει τα κεράκια σου, έχεις γεμίσει ένα μεγάλο ποτήρι με κόκκινο (φτηνό) κρασί και μπαίνεις μέσα στη μπανιέρα για να απολαύσεις το αγαπημένο σου βιβλίο. Μπορείτε να σκεφτείτε κάτι πιο χαλαρωτικό;...

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Designer Creates A Font That Emulates The Frustrations Of Dyslexia

(29) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 8:50 AM

Unlike most fonts, which prioritize easy and swift readability, graphic designer Daniel Britton's recent creation does just the opposite. Meant to raise awareness for dyslexia, the font strips letters of their qualities that make them easily recognizable. An "A" is transformed to resemble an upside-down "V"; a "D" is turned...

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Photographers Address The Pain And Glory Of Violent Sports

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 9:02 AM


A young man sits proudly, arms crossed. His steady gaze is fixed on something we can’t see. He’s posed like a classical figure or a prom king in a yearbook photo -- the latter might’ve been true at some point. He’s an athlete...

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Finally, Someone Made Waterproof Books You Can Take In The Bath And To The Beach

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 8:22 AM

You've got your warm bath, your bubbles, your glass of cheap wine and your book club book. Was there ever a better recipe for relaxation? That is, until -- plunk! No thanks to slippery fingers and that glass of cheap wine, your just-purchased novel has taken a dive.


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For One Year, This Publisher Will Only Release Books By Women

(40) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 10:20 AM

In 2014, only 27 percent of authors represented in The Times Literary Supplement were women, only 40 percent from The Paris Review, only 29 percent from The Nation. These numbers are courtesy of the annual VIDA count, an effort to shed light on gender inequity in the Western...

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What Would Robot Poetry Look Like?

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 9:13 AM


Consider the word “table.” Reading it likely elicits thoughts of a place to put things, to eat off of. Maybe it’s wooden, maybe it has legs that are also wooden or made of another material. Maybe, if you’re interested in science, “table” is...

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The Bottom Line: Vendela Vida's 'The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty'

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 9:18 AM


The world of Vendela Vida’s latest novel, The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty, revolves, like a swirling washing machine working hard to renew and restore, around outfits. Its protagonist, a woman who loses her belongings, her way, and her identity on a seemingly unplanned...

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Remember Beeper Speak? Teens Have Always Been The Ones Inventing New Language Trends

(8) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 8:11 AM


A subhead from a 1997 LA Times article on teens experimenting with a brand new language reads, “Technology: Messages made from numerals are popular nationwide.”

Messages made from numerals? MESSAGES MADE FROM NUMERALS? Sound the alarm: the English language is on a...

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Did The Internet End Cultural Elitism? New Study Shows Snobbery Is Alive And Well

(27) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 8:29 AM


When I inherited my first car -- a beloved hand-me-down -- I was ecstatic. It was a smallish SUV that grumbled and shook like Anakin Skywalker’s dinky pod racer. But I was giddy at the thought of driving it around, and burned a...

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Queen Victoria Wrote This Adorable Kid's Book When She Was 10 Years Old

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 8:29 AM

A young girl with blonde ringlets and a ribboned dress bitterly embraces her father, begging him not to leave her alone at bedtime. "Dear Alice," he consoles her, "it is necessary for you to go my love, so go to bed my dear, and be ready for me tomorrow morning."...

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