Category: Other Cool Stuff

Jon Hamm is J.B. Bernstein in Million Dollar Arm!

We at XOXOAD are major Mad Men fans, and especially Jon Hamm fans! (Oh, Don Draper, you fascinating cad, you…) So not only are we excited for the season premiere, but we can get an extra slice of Hamm in the upcoming (May 16) release of Million Dollar Arm, a feature film about an down-on-his-luck baseball scout […]

Burned Book Manicure Tutorial

Looking for a little bookish fun to while away a rainy day? How about this burned-paper nail art? Check out the tutorial via Glitterfingersss. And don’t worry, no actual books or nails were burned in the creation of this manicure.

Who Do You Write Like?

Here’s a fun little test that’s been zipping around Teh Interwebz: Who Do You Write Like? We spotted this on Facebook, but it originated on a site called I Write Like (which also seems to offer some other writing and self-publishing advice books, etc.). Is it accurate? Well, let’s just say that Your Faithful Editors […]

Last Chance: FOOL ME TWICE eBook for only $1.99!

Historical romance author Meredith Duran’s FOOL ME TWICE has it all: picturesque English setting, fiery female lead, spiteful-but-super-hot hero, dangerous intrigue, and searingly sexy love scenes. And this sizzling novel, the latest in Meredith’s Rules for the Reckless series, can be yours. For $1.99. Yes. YES. Until the book officially goes on-sale this Tuesday, March […]

Six Fab Ways to Celebrate St. Patty’s Day!

St. Pat’s Day has always been something of a conundrum for me, mainly because there are no presents involved (at least as far as I know), it’s not a day off from school or work, and green is SO not my color. So how do we celebrate this auspicious-yet-kinda-confusing-day-that’s-a-holiday-but-also-what? Below are some fun ideas to make […]

The Magic of a First Kiss

Okay, maybe it isn’t always so magical. Sometimes it’s weird, and awkward, and nerve racking, and sloppy, and spark-less. But other times, it’s perfect. Tatia Pilieva asked 20 strangers to kiss for the first time. At first, it’s insanely squirmy. Then, they start inching closer and closer, albeit still pretty awkwardly and with nervous giggles abound. […]

Travoltify Your Name!

If you watched last night’s Oscar ceremony, you may have seen John Travolta introducing Broadway superstar Idina Menzel, who was singing “Let It Go” from Frozen. Or at least, that’s what he was supposed to do–but when the time came, he announced that we would be hearing from…Adele Dazeem. Huh? Whether it was dyslexia, alcohol, or just […]

Vonnegut’s Shapes of Stories

From the “Look at this cool thing!” files: Kurt Vonnegut had a theory that all stories could be plotted on a graph into basic physical shapes. While his academic advisors weren’t blown away, he espoused this view for the rest of his very successful life as an author. Now a graphic designer named Maya Eilam […]

War Stories from the Dating Trenches of NY: Part I.

I’m not much of a romantic. Really, I’m not. Romantic comedies make my eyes roll; weddings are often a source of confusion (why not put that money towards an apartment?); and big, elaborate proposals just aren’t my cup of tea. The truth is, having been raised by a semi-liberal Tiger Mom, all my whimsical childhood […]

The World’s Most Exquisite Libraries

Libraries are magical places. Whether you prefer to buy or rent books, there’s something about that musky book smell and the hush of a public space dedicated to reading that is…exquisite. Okay, maybe not exquisite. Soothing, meditative, inspiring, awesome, brooding, magical, sexy, etc. Pick an adjective that fits. CNN chose exquisite, and last week they […]

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