Gabriel García Márquez, the beloved Nobel Prize-winning author, has died at age 87. (The Wire)
Brit Marling was on to something with her film Another Earth. Scientists have found a planet that resembles our own so much that it's been dubbed "Earth's Twin." (The New York Times)
In other news, the city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to drain its 38 million gallon reservoir of treated water because a teen filmed himself answering the call of nature in it. (Fox News)
And, in incredibly unsettling news: Jewish citizens in a city in Ukraine are being forced to identify themselves. (MSNBC)
Triggered by the newest Sky Ferreira video, this long read about appropriation asks some big questions about power, stereotypes, and racism. (Salon)
Bonus Talking Points:
VFILES UNIVERSITY class is now in session, and your first bit o' homework is to sign up. (The Fashion Law)
Finally, Joey Fatone confessed that *NSYNC will never reunite. Talk about tearin' up our hearts, man. (The Huffington Post)
5things_embed1Photo: Courtesy of Penguin.

More from Books & Art

"The story contains many references to Bo being bisexual and an abundance of bad language, so it is recommended for mature junior and senior high readers...
We all know what it means to call someone a trainwreck. It refers to a person who has gone off the rails — a hot mess who always seems to be in the ...
Sneak peek inside book ^^^^! Link to order in bio. #carrythisbook A video posted by @abbijacobson on Sep 25, 2016 at 10:33am PDT Abbi Jacobson, ...
Vanessa Bayer of "SNL" interviews author Jessi Klein
Back in the early 1970s, Pierre Le Guennec was Pablo Picasso's handyman and electrician. Le Guennec had such a good relationship with the artist that he ...
J.K. Rowling, the reigning queen of the Wizarding World, has a present for you. That present is a quiz in which Pottermore will select your patronus. We ...
I do not recognize Mara Wilson when she arrives at an ice cream shop in Brooklyn, wearing a red dress and a sweep of black eyeliner. When she says hello...
Whether rooted in reality or a glamorized rom-com, job stereotypes make it easy to assume the voices behind most runway reviews, PR pitches, and cover ...
In honor of National Support Teen Literature Day, we've collected the best books to pick up if you're in the mood for a little young adult lit. YA has only...
There are some books you pick up because you know they'll be tear-jerkers, and you're not opposed to a good cry. Then there are the books that sucker-punch...
It's been a big year for the Winnie the Pooh characters. This summer, the original stuffed animals the literary characters are based upon (who reside in ...
Even if you're not actually going back to school, there's something about September air that makes it feel as though it's time to go buy pencils and ...
As long as books have existed, there have been people trying to stop people from reading them. And though the practice is widely condemned, it is also ...
If you're anything like the R29 crew, chances are you spend a lot of time engaged with a screen during the day. So maybe the last thing you want to do ...