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Hell Yeah! Worthy: Nora Ephron, Social Change, How Tos, Fake Books, and Vests

curated by the Atticus Books staff, Hell Yeah! Worthy is a weekly Friday feature where our staff distills the plethora of scat on the internet into a succinct list of the best you haven’t seen, the best you ignored, and the best you should visit again

A Tribute to Nora Ephron
Essayist and screenwriter Nora Ephron was one of those people whose work I loved without knowing it–until now. Sadly, it took her passing for me to realize who was behind the pitch-perfect banter in so many of my favorite films, but this tribute in the Guardian gets right at what made her work so wonderful. That, and this picture: (Libby)

Social Change for Children
I think it’s funny how we can see societal change through the pages of a Richard Scarry Children’s Book. What we should be worried about though? Children thinking that adding a yellow bow to a bear driving a construction roller and a pig playing the bass drum really turns them into a woman? (Abby)

How To and How Not To
A couple of handy how-to guides from McSweeney’s: one on how to write better and one on how to not write. Whether you’re in the mood to ward off procrastination or embrace it, to dive into the writing or dance around it, these lists will help you stay on the right (or wrong) track. (Magdalen)

Fake Books That Should Be Real
Writers are usually pretty interesting people, so it’s no surprise that people want to write TV shows and movies about them. Generally speaking that’s an awesome thing, because these movies and TV shows are mostly super great. Here’s the thing though: Hank Moody’s God Hates Us All, and The Philosophy of Time Travel from Donnie Darko sound like fantastic books, but they don’t exist. Check out these lists of Fake Television Books, Fake Movie Books, and Fake Book Books, that should exist. (Lindsay)

Parody Advertising
The Vest is back! I love the careful attention to detail in this fantastic parody-turned-advertisement for a summer novel. If you look closely, you’ll even spot the Moleskein. Next up: a @WeinersVest twitter feed? (Lacey)

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