Would Beyoncé Be Reading This?

"Beyoncé isn’t Beyoncé because she reads comments on the Internet. Beyoncé is in Ibiza, wearing a stomach necklace, walking hand in hand with her hot boyfriend. She’s going on the yacht and having a mimosa. She’s not reading shitty comments about herself on the Internet, and we shouldn’t either. I just think, Would Beyoncé be reading this? No, she would just delete it or somebody would delete it for her. What I really need to do is close the computer and then talk back to that voice and say, Fuck you. I don’t give a shit what you think. I’m Beyoncé. I’m going to Ibiza with Jay-Z now, fuck off. Being criticized is part of the job, but seeking it out isn’t. That’s our piece to let go."

— Kathleen Hanna, BOMBlog interview

I've been posting a lot of quotes from other people here lately, but I couldn't resist another, because it's probably the most awesome advice I've ever seen about why you (whether you're a musician, an author, an artist, a YouTuber, a Facebooker, ANYONE) should ignore hurtful internet comments.

My sincere apologies to those of you who aren't a fan of language, as they say. Even though I have quite the naughty mouth, I generally keep it offline because I realize not everyone feels the same way. BUT THIS QUOTE WAS SO AMAZING. Thank you, superfriend Amy Spalding, for sending it my way!

Speaking of Amy, have you seen the cover of her debut novel?

Here's the summary:

Things I know about Reece Malcolm:
1. She graduated from New York University.
2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
5. She’s my mother.

Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.

L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.

But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?

I read an early draft of this sweet lil' contemporary two years ago, and I can't wait to read the final version! It'll be published in February by Entangled Teen. If you like romantic comedies (OR Stephen Sondheim), you should totally add The Reece Malcolm List to your Goodreads shelf.

Did I mention Amy does improv? So when I say it's funny, I MEAN IT'S FUNNY. And I firmly believe there should be more funny in the world.*

I snapped this great picture of Amy a few summers ago, when she took me on a Weetzie Bat tour of Los Angeles. WEETZIE. Do you guys have any idea how obsessed I am with that book?!**

I mean, THAT is how fantastic Amy is. I love her. You should get to know her! And then she will email you hilarious/smart advice about living your life like Beyoncé.

*Amy is also funny on Twitter.

**Whenever I'm pressed to name my favorite book, Weetzie Bat is my go-to title. I've reread it every year (often multiple times) since I was a teenager. Lola Nolan was heavily inspired by Miss Weetzie.


  1. I collect quotes so I kind of sort of really love when you post them

  2. I am beyond honored to be in a blog post with Beyoncé and Kathleen Hanna.

  3. Siobhan Vivian10:23 PM GMT-5

    i second the love of amy!

  4. I'll third this love of one Amy Spalding, but I am INCREDIBLY SAD that I didn't know her with a purple streak in her hair!

  5. I have never read this weezie bat book, but have always wanted to. I have decided this minute that I MUST go get it. Thank you! Also I will follow Amy on Twit-tah :)

  6. Haha, I love the Beyonce quote (and am thrilled to find out there's something like a stomach necklace. -Another reason to get into shape- Whahaha so not going to happen).

  7. Anonymous7:52 AM GMT-5

    Haha! Love this! You are an AMAZING author Steph :)

  8. I've heard great things about Amy! And you are soooo funny, Stephanie. I voted for Anna and the French Kiss at NPR - http://www.npr.org/2012/07/24/157072526/best-ever-teen-novels-vote-for-your-favorites. Best of luck! :)

    ~Wendy Lu

    The Red Angel Blog

    1. That's so very kind of you! Thank you! :-)

  9. Printing this out and posting in my office...thank you thank you for posting... big love!

  10. I am basically going to reference this post and quote for all eternity, especially when someone asks me how I handle negative reviews. Thanks to Steph and Amy and Kathleen and Kathleen's epic Black Flag tee.