Happy Friday, friends! I am trying to get back into the regular swing of blogging now that it is the new year, but some of these links are slightly old. Oh well! Maybe you haven’t seen them yet! In which case, lucky you!
What to do if you are white and straight and cis and male and not all the stories are about you anymore (Star Wars spoilers included herein).
“More as heroines than damsels”: How Disney gave their Princess dolls business to Hasbro.
Nichole Chung on microaggressions and the certainty that you are the only person who can make sure everyone at the table keeps having a nice time.
New York Magazine has been one of my favorite places for pop culture writing since time immemorial, but my God they have been crushing it in 2016. This piece by Sulagna Misra about how “internet boyfriends” get created is so m.f. good.
Mismatched communication styles and Hanlon’s Razor (I don’t necessarily agree with everything in this article, but I think it’s at least interesting).
Jenny, are you tired yet of reading about people escaping from cults? NO NEVER.
A detailed look at the publication process, and how it might be shortened for George R. R. Martin’s doorstopper The Winds of Winter.
Here’s something I just found out about this instant because the book I read about the Comoros was thirty years old because nobody writes about the Comoros: The United Arab Emirates bought a whole bunch of Comoran citizenships to bestow upon members of a stateless ethnic group living within their borders. Because this world makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
The Telegraph has helpfully compiled an extensive article about how to do heists, but also, why you shouldn’t bother.
I ride hard for Paterson Joseph, as you’ll know if you were around me when David Tennant announced his departure from Doctor Who. I still think he’d be an amazing Doctor, NOT THAT Steven Moffat would ever remotely consider hiring him for that gig cause he’s a jerk. Anyway, Joseph is now doing a one-man show about Ignatius Sancho that sounds awesome. Way to goddamn go, Paterson Joseph.