Literally Links #7: Our Favorite Corners of the Internet

Happy Sunday, darlings! This week, we’re bringing you some of our favorite Tumblrs. Whether you’re mourning the end of summer at your 9-to-5 or making your way back into the classroom, we can all agree that Tumblr is the perfect procrastination pitstop on the way to productivity.

Molly: What Should We Call Girls

If you are a fan of Lena Dunham’s “Girls,” you need to check out the show’s official Tumblr page. HBO and the “Girls” crew have the social media game down between Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest, but the show’s Tumblr, “What Should We Call Girls,” takes it to the next level. What’s better than a bunch of “Girls” gifs? This one takes the cake.

Eric: Better Book Titles

"Better Book Titles" gives Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" an update.
“Better Book Titles” gives Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” an update.

Ever read a book and thought it could use a pithier, more honest title? “Better Book Titles” takes the titles of books, revered or otherwise, and translates their core aspects into more accurate titles, advertising itself as a blog for “people who do not have thousands of hours to read book reviews or blurbs or first sentences.” Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”? More like “6 People Die in 3 Days.” Am I right? How about Oscar Wilde’s “Picture of Dorian Gray”? The more apt title (and moral lesson of the book, obviously) is “Never Stab a Magic Painting.” “Game of Thrones”? Why call it that when it’s really “A Series of Unfortunate Events”? If you’re tired of learning nothing from original book titles, then maybe it’s time for something better.

Haley: #realtalk from your editor

If you’re a journalist or you work in media, this Tumblr is for you. Each post provides a scenario you probably have encountered or soon will encounter in the workplace, complete with an astonishingly fitting GIF. Some of them are hilarious; some of them are depressingly true. Either way, they make great comic relief emails during deadline stress!

Erin:  When In ATX

I kind of don’t understand this newfangled “Tumblr” thing you kids do nowadays, but the now-hibernating “When in ATX” Tumblr provided me with chuckles while I was wasting away on the West Coast and wishing I were back in Texas. Bonus judging party: ATX Street Style. (I swear we don’t all dress like that.)

Kate: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

“All content is original and intended to be read at night,” reads the copyright claim for John Koenig’s dictionary of (re)invented words that describe the sort of intense stirrings of emotion which so often evade definition. Words like vellichor, keyframe, kuebiko, and daguerreologue are constructed and rehabilitated from fragments of language, and Koenig pens their poignant definitions. While “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows” is a sporadically updated Tumblr, it’s easily the most achingly beautiful thing to pop up on your dashboard. Koenig’s definition for sonder is probably the most beloved of all his wordsmithing: “sonder, n.: the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own…” Read on at The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.

What caught your eye (or ear!) on the Internet this week? Let us know in the comments, or find us on Twitter at @LitDarling and include #LiterallyLinks in your tweet!

Cover photo by Abbie Redmon.

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  • @erin, apt of you to point out how poorly most austinites dress. it is a sad plainness of style that infects most of our city. good of you to help combat it by spreading the people who care about looking interesting, like atx streetsyle.

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