I Read a Book about the Comoros and Didn’t Tell You: A Links Round-Up

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.

  • Bina @ IfYouCanReadThis

    Paterson Joseph, major sigh. I need to rewatch Parting of the Ways! Ugh Moffett, can’t even watch new Who anymore, I tried so hard. And I tried again with Sherlock but nope. The best thing about it was that article critiquing the mansplaining over the group of women spoiler spoiler. Have you read it?
    Also, the Comoros, who knew!?? I will find ways to sneak this into all the conversations 😀

    • I probably have read that article about the most recent Sherlock episode. I was so stunned by what I was reading about the most recent Sherlock episode that I immediately went out and read absolutely everything I could find about it. What the absolute hell, Moffat? I am SO GLAD he’s leaving Who.

      • Bina @ If You Can Read This

        Apparently that’s what happens when Moffat attempts feminism. It is the scariest thing ever! He’s leaving Who!? Halleluja!!

  • I did read some already, but not the first article – very good! Thanks as always for pulling together great links!

  • HERE’S A THING ABOUT PATERSON JOSEPH: when I was a young person, I read NEVERWHERE and came away with this super-specific mental image of the Marquis de Carabas. When I was a slightly less young person, my library finally bought the NEVERWHERE miniseries on DVD and I borrowed it and discovered that Paterson Joseph, who plays the maybe-not-so-good Marquis, looks exactly like the dude inside my head.

    Excellent mental image matching work, Paterson Joseph.

    • Yayyyy! I think I bought the Neverwhere miniseries on DVD for myself because I wanted to see it so much, and Paterson Joseph was by far the most successful and accurate of the character depictions. And they were (mostly) all good! Mr. Croup was superb as well. Could’ve watched Mr. Croup all day.

  • Well, I’m off to read every single one of these links and get nothing done today so THANKS.

    This internet boyfriend thing always confuses me. Same for the NOW WE MUST HATE THIS CELEBRITY which is along the same lines.

  • Heists! I love a good heist story. A couple of the books I keep thinking about picking up are heist nonfiction because dang, do I love that.

  • helen from a gallimaufry

    Oooh, what’s Comoros? And lots of fascinating-looking links. I learn so much from you, Jenny. 🙂 Except maybe I won’t read about heists because I don’t want to be put off. Heh.

    As someone with a daughter who is of the princess age, I feel only depressed that there will be more of the same in the post. Disney Princesses are everywhere (although it seems, from the article, that they are even more ubiquitous in the US than here). It’s just so hard to balance out the princesses and their ilk with more interesting things, that don’t suggest that the only way to be a girl is to be sparkly, pretty and wearing make-up.

  • Honestly, I am so excited to see more gender diversity in science fiction books. It’s still not there yet but it’s happening. I am trying to hard to introduce gender-neutral stuff to Shreya but I know she is still going to go through the stereotypical girl phase, and that breaks my heart. Maybe I should do what my dad did for me – just refuse to buy any dolls. Unfortunately that will kill any sense of femininity that Shreya may have which is sort of what happened to me. 😛

  • I find stories about people escaping cults fascinating! The strength to break from what you’ve known, I find it all very interesting.