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A picture is worth a thousand words

While scrolling through Instagram, you're usually greeted with an endless supply of filtered selfies and perfectly cropped food pics. Sometimes you'll even run into a cute dog photo or a beautifully crafted Boomerang. All of which are great and necessary and everything, but what if you could kill two birds with one stone on the app, and actually get a little intellectual and culturally relevant content as well as the visually pleasing visuals? 

Guess what? You can. The literary corner of Instagram, a place where you can sift through the virtual shelves of bookstores around the world and practically flip through the digital pages of books, both new and old, is a vibrant part of the social media app, one in which it's super easy for bookworms to spend hours exploring. 

To get you started, here are 15 biblio feeds to inspire you to take a trip to your local bookstore and snap up something good to read. 

Book/Shop is a bookstore with locations in both Oakland, California, and New York City. It carries everything from books themselves to branded totes and pins that say things like "Tell me what you're reading." Plus if you live in either of these two cities, this feed will keep you tuned into their calendar which is filled with readings and fun "show and tell" events. 

The Paris Review is a quarterly literary magazine that dates back to the 1950s. Its feed is filled with excerpts from issues of the publication, and it includes things like poetry and interviews with authors like Joan Didion. 

McSweeney's is a publishing company located in San Francisco. Their Instagram feed is entirely reflective of their eclectic sense of humor and will keep you in tune with the latest in independent literature, from book fairs to parties. 

Well Read Black Girl, a book club founded by Glory Edim, is a much-needed taste of diversity in the literary world. The account documents the club as they celebrate black female authors, one book at a time. 

A Thousand Books happens to be exactly what it sounds like: a collection of photos of, well, thousands of books. The account posts a different book every day and is the perfect source for building a literary wish list. 

Bibliofeed recruits a guest editor each week to take over the account and share their book collections. With each new editor, followers get a look at new favorites and a taste of different genres. 

Last Night's Reading shares illustrations by artist Kate Gavino of literary readings in New York City. On her page, the artist pairs drawings of authors with a quote from their reading; her use of vivid colors makes you feel like you were there. 

The Literary Hub updates followers daily on all areas of contemporary literary life, from news on big publishing houses to non-profits. Plus they have really cool tote bags; sadly, though, as their Instagram bio states, they are not for sale. 

Ice Cream Books brings together two of our favorite things: ice cream and books. And it all looks really, really pretty. What more could you ask for? 

Strand Book Store is a staple of New York City literary culture. But even if you don't live in or near the city, a quick follow will give you an inside look at the Strand's famous shelves and miles upon miles of books. 

 

Sorrythankyou79 Vintage Books gives followers a glimpse into the world of the noteworthy Etsy shop that curates and creates customized book collections. After scrolling through this colorful and crafty feed, you'll feel inspired to rearrange your own bookshelf. 

Girls at Library, an online journal, offers followers an intimate look at different women's experiences with literature through interviews and recommendations. They are, as they describe it, "about women who read, for women who read." 

Between Two Books is an online book club founded by Florence and the Machine front woman, Florence Welch. The feed will loop you in on their latest literary endeavors and put you on the same page as Welch. 

Hot Dudes Reading, while not necessarily a literary account, does feature books. But more importantly, it also features hot dudes reading them. So it's a win-win. 

The Librarian is a book club and literary archive that is dedicated to "an education in style," as their founder J.B.Taylor puts it. Their Instagram acts as a lookbook component to their website and puts vintage books and old-school on-screen literary moments on your feed. 

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"In my head I thought, This is how it ends"

Kit Harington almost lost a lot more than the Iron Throne while filming the final season of Game of Thrones. According to an interview with NowThis News, the actor almost lost one of his balls while riding a mechanical dragon.

Harington revealed that the incident took place when he was filming the scene where his character, Jon Snow, takes a ride on Rhaegal for the first time in the Season 8 premiere. Since dragons aren't real (sorry), Harington was filming the scene, where Jon almost falls off the dragon and then swings around to pick himself back up, on a mechanical contraption.

"My right ball got trapped, and I didn't have time to say, 'Stop,'" Harington said in an interview. "And I was being swung around. In my head I thought, This is how it ends. On this buck, swinging me around by my testicles, literally." We see shots of the fake dragon he's riding in front of a green screen, and it does look pretty terrifying.

Luckily, his testicles remained intact through the near-disastrous event, and he's survived with quite the story to tell to unsuspecting journalists.

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"I had to create a harder shell about being a woman"

In a panel discussion during Gwyneth Paltrow's In Goop Health summit, actress Jessica Alba revealed that she "stopped eating" to avoid unwanted attention from men when she was first starting her career in Hollywood.

According to People, Alba said that she "had a curvy figure as a young girl" and, as such, was made to feel as though her body was the reason that men may be inappropriate toward her. "I was meant to feel ashamed if I tempted men," Alba said during the panel discussion. "Then I stopped eating a lot when I became an actress. I made myself look more like a boy so I wouldn't get as much attention. I went through a big tomboy phase."

She continued, "In Hollywood, you're really preyed upon. They see a young girl, and they just want to touch you inappropriately or talk to you inappropriately or think that they're allowed to be aggressive with you in a way."

Alba also noted that she was raised in a conservative household. "My mom would say, 'You have a body, and it's very womanly, and people don't understand that you're 12,'" she said. "I wasn't allowed to have my nalgas out, which is butt cheeks [in Spanish], but I was born with a giant booty, and they come out of everything. So, I didn't get to wear normal things that all my friends wore."

She said that these reactions to her body really affected her attitude. "I created this pretty insane 'don't fuck with me' [attitude]," she said. "I had to create a harder shell about being a woman."

According to her, her relationship to her body only changed when her first child, Honor, was born in 2008. "[After she was born,] I was like, Oh this is what these boobies are meant to do! Feed a kid!" she said. "And that was the dopest shit I'd ever done. So, I came into my body as a woman finally and I stopped being ashamed of myself."

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Because of course

Teva, the most obvious lesbian footwear brand since Birkenstock, really knows its customer base. In time for Pride, the brand has teamed up with Tegan and Sara for a gay shoe to end all gay shoes. In other words, your Pride footwear is on lock.

The shoe isn't just your average Teva sandal. Tegan and Sara's design, the Teva Flatform Universal Pride sandal, is a 2.5-inch platform shoe with a rainbow sole. Tegan and Sara noted in a press release that they have been Teva wearers for pretty much their whole lives. "We got our first pair of Teva sandals when we were 16," they said. "This rainbow Flatform collab is like full circle LGBTQ+ Pride validation."

What's better, with each sandal sale, Teva will donate $15 to the Tegan and Sara Foundation, up to $30,000. The funds donated will go toward scholarships which will give young members of the LGBTQ+ community the chance to go to summer camps which will "help develop self-confidence and leadership abilities in a safe and nurturing environment." Tegan and Sara added, "Teva's generous support for our foundation will allow us to help even more LGBTQ+ youth."

Available today at Teva's and Nordstrom's websites, the sandal retails for $80.

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"Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design"

Prada Group has announced that Prada, as well as all of its brands, will now be fur-free. According to a press release from the Humane Society, Prada, Miu Miu, Church's, and Car Shoe will ban the use of fur beginning with the Spring/Summer 2020 collection (aka the Fashion Week coming up next). The list of fashion designers banning fur only continues to grow, with 3.1 Phillip Lim, Coach, Armani, Versace, Gucci, and more having stopped using the material in seasons past.

"The Prada Group is committed to innovation and social responsibility, and our fur-free policy—reached following a positive dialogue with the Fur Free Alliance, in particular with LAV and the Humane Society of the United States—is an extension of that engagement," Miuccia Prada told the Human Society. "Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products."

Following London Fashion Week designers forgoing the use of fur in September and the first-ever Vegan Fashion Week taking place in February, it's easy to imagine an entirely fur-free fashion future. It's especially easy, I presume, for the brands to consider a fur-free future, given that entire cities and states are taking a stance. New York is following in the footsteps of Los Angeles banning fur, with a bill proposed this March that would ban sales across New York State.

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"Club leisure" is the new athleisure

Alexander Wang is recognizing clubbing as the workout that it truly is with his latest Adidas collaboration. In this fifth installment, he "changes gears," per a press release from the brand, taking the iconic sports brand to the dance floor.

For the new campaign, the collection comes to life in iconic choreographer Tanisha Scott's dance studio and stars dancers Noemi Janumala, Dakota Moore, Avi McClish, and Olivia Burgess. The dancers show just how far these clothes can go when you want to bust a move or stretch, but TBH, I'll leave these poses to the pros and just use my clothes for flexing on the 'gram.

The collection—which features six apparel items, three shoes, and six accessories—features, per a press release, "Wang's knack for pre-styling." Standouts from the mostly black-and-white items include a silver sneaker that was *made* for moonwalking, an airy windbreaker that has just the right dash of bright blue with the scattered Adidas trefoil design, and a towel hoodie that you won't feel bad sweating in.

Ahead of the May 25 collection drop online and in stores, peep the gorgeous campaign images below.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Black, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Towel, $80, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Joggers, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Turnout BBall Shoes, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Towel Hoodie, $350, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Sock Leggings, $60, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Adilette Slides, $90, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Futureshell Shoes in Platinum Metallic, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Core White, $280, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Shorts in Core White, $120, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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Adidas Originals by AW, Sweatshirt in Black, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Bum Bag, $50, available staring May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Towel, $80, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Turnout BBall Shoes, $250, available starting May 25 at Adidas; Adidas Originals by AW, Duffle Bag, $70, available starting May 25 at Adidas.

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