See what happens when evangelists tried to convert spring breakers in our list of must-reads that will have you chatting at the lunch counter, over IM or wherever it is that people actually talk these days.
- A group of evangelical Christians try to convert spring breakers in Daytona Beach, Fla. Two words: buzz kill. In an excerpt from a book on the experience, one former Liberty University student talks about riding around in the "Jesusmobile" with evangelicals who target bikini-clad girls with pierced belly buttons and bare-chested beer-swilling frat boys so they can pepper them with Bible verses and use fear tactics to sway them. Spoiler alert: The Jesusmobile derails. "I pray, Lord, for the old man who spit on me," one member of the group said during a prayer circle. Aww.
- The site fmylife.com reportedly got a book deal. The blog-style site where users post cringe-worthy stories and others can vote on whether they deserved it or not is reportedly getting the recognition it deserves.
- The Seattle Post-Intelligencerditched its dead tree version for the interwebs. A current or former employee of the PI amended a quote made famous by Thomas Jefferson: "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." The addendum: "Or at least an online version with greatly reduced staff and lots of links." At least they have the snark part down already.
- A documentary filmmaker delves into the world of "asexuals" in his new project. Asexuals claim that they feel no sexual attraction and no interest in sex -- and 1.5 percent of the adult male population claims they abstain from sex for this reason. Some claim those who have repressed sexuality or a phobia of sex simply hide behind the term. But the group has found legitimacy is a special place: It has a 585-member group on facebook.
- Charles Dickens ushered in the modern celebrity culture. The author had to have guards stationed outside his hotel rooms when he was on a book tour in order to keep out fans -- some of whom had torn whole clumps of fur from his coat. One zealous admirer took an impression of his boot print. The emergence of print media helped expedite a new incarnation of celebrity where authors were made publicly visible.