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Can You Ironically Enjoy the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie?: An Inquiry

February 17, 2015 by


Today’s Snark Week post is a guest post from our friend Ellen (not the Ellen who did Cosmo Red Hot Reds for us. We know a lot of Ellens.) Ellen is also a bad movie night aficionado and The Room fanatic, so she went to the theaters for us with a specific mission: does Fifty […]

Why You Will Probably Never Get a Good Job

July 16, 2014 by


This post is, in part, an extension of the series on lateral thinking puzzles that I began a couple of months ago. If you are unfamiliar with the series, you can find Prepare to be Puzzled elsewhere on this site. I’ve already done my very best to establish that Paul Sloane, who The Independent hailed […]

Prepare to be Puzzled: Round 3

June 11, 2014 by


To recap, here is the Paul Sloane puzzle from last week: One day a man received a parcel in the post. Inside, he found a human left arm. He examined it carefully and then repacked it and sent it on to another man. The second man also examined the arm. He then took it out […]

Prepare to be Puzzled: Round 2

June 4, 2014 by


Here’s the answer to last week’s shitty lateral thinking puzzle: The man was a midget who worked in a circus as a star attraction because of his billing as the world’s smallest dwarf. Each day, he measured himself with a piece of wood that was exactly his height. One day, a rival dwarf mischievously sawed […]

Prepare to be Puzzled: Paul Sloane’s Lateral Thinking Puzzlers

May 28, 2014 by


For the past week or so I have been with Ariel visiting her family in the States. We’ve gotten a lot of fun stuff done (Long Beach Island and a Memorial Day barbecue to boot) but, unfortunately for me, she’s also crammed doctor and dentist appointments, a haircut, and a trip to the nail salon […]

Sexy Time and Squirrels: Cosmo Red-Hot Read May 2014

April 16, 2014 by


Last night I took a cat to the vet to have a tick removed from its neck, and that experience was less painful than this story. This month’s Red Hot Read is from a book called Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore and, despite the sentence above, it’s not terribly written. It also actually includes some red-hot […]

Bad Classified Ads, Good Times

March 26, 2014 by


Today we have our second ever guest post from a stranger on the internet Bad Books, Good Times regular reader! E. H. Taylor wrote us a series of classified ads – BBGT style! Hopefully you enjoy her riffing as much as we did as she tears apart every book we’ve read on this blog with […]

More False Advertising: Cosmo Red-Hot Reads April 2014

March 12, 2014 by


This month’s “Red-Hot Read” is an excerpt from The Here and Now by Ann Brashares. If you didn’t know, Ann Brashares also wrote The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. But what’s really important about Ann Brashares is that she’s somehow managed to publish a book called The Here and Now where the premise is: a […]

Georges Bataille’s Erotic “Eye-Opener”

February 19, 2014 by


Ariel says: Today’s guest post comes from someone very dear to my heart – Neil Patrick Harris! I’m kidding of course. It’s my boyfriend Jeremy! He had to read Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye for his European Literature module last year, and would frequently read me out passages that scarred me for life. I didn’t want […]

“Secrets and Lies” (and No Sex): Cosmo Red-Hot Reads March 2014

February 12, 2014 by


We’re introducing a new monthly feature! Our friend Ellen has written for us a few times in the past, and suggested that we should start a feature about the Red-Hot Reads that appear in Cosmopolitan. For those of you unaware, Cosmo includes an excerpt from a new romantic and/or erotic novel in each issue. I actually […]