Boys Don’t Like Girls in Promotional Hats: A Links Round-Up

Okay, this is super late and I apologize to everyone. I was on vacation. Some of these links are old! Old but STILL SO GOOD. I love you all, and I hope you have an excellent weekend, though unless yours contains a crawfish boil it won’t be as good as mine.

I’m glad to see We Rate Dogs receiving the credit it deserves for linguistic innovation.

Here’s what happened when one person ate three eggs for breakfast every day of the week.

There are in fact several reasons I’m not watching The Handmaid’s Tale, some personal and some ideological, but I still absolutely loved this piece on whiteness in Gilead. Soraya McDonald is one of my favorite critics now working.

“Boys don’t like girls in promotional hats” is one of my favorite lines I have ever encountered. Scaachi Koul on hating shopping, but wanting nice clothes. I must warn you that this essay is an emotional rollercoaster, and I wish I had known in advance that she doesn’t, in the end, buy the skirt.

A surprisingly touching article about book-banning, in which I OH MY GOD sympathize about not wanting to discuss Brave New World with a bunch of middle-school boys.

Here’s a summer book preview from Buzzfeed, an outlet that reliably brings me exciting, diverse book previews. Thanks, Buzzfeed!

Some excellent advice from Ijeoma Iluo re: interrogating your own beliefs. I’m going to do my very best to bring this into my own life.

If you missed the Appropriation Prize debacle, I am happy for you. If you didn’t Jezebel can catch you up on this idiotic mess. Author Silvia Moreno-Garcia has begun collecting funds for an Emerging Indigenous Voices Award, about which more here.

Vox asked indie booksellers what books they’re excited to read this summer. I am painfully excited for Yuri Herrera’s new book, which I did not know was happening.

My favorite thing about this Atlantic article on the dangers of reading in bed is that an equivalent number of fires were started by cats in the mid-1800s as by people reading in bed. Just, like, this was not a time period well suited to Book Twitter’s favorite pursuits, is all I’m saying.

Such a good article about why Marvel is struggling (spoiler: it’s their own stupid fault).

Have a great weekend! Tip your servers! Nick Spencer is a poophead!

  • Jeanne

    Ha, ha, glad you included the egg article, which I first read because Nick Harkaway put a link to it on FB. I’m so excited that a crawfish boil is in my future NEXT WEEK!!

  • Ceillie Simkiss

    Bless this wrap-up, Jenny. All of these articles are gold!

  • Aarti

    Interesting perspective on Marvel. I heard that they are facing serious issues and that they are blaming it on diversity. I recently got the 5th volume of Ms. Marvel and am considering not continuing with the series. I love that Ms. Marvel exists, but I feel like you can’t read JUST Ms. Marvel and understand the plot any more, you have to read all the other books about the Avengers or whomever, too, as they all cross over. But I don’t really want to do all that because comics are not the only thing I read, and I’d like to continue with one story line vs keeping track of 50 just because of one character. So, I am not sure if I will stick with it.

    • YES, a huge part of everyone’s gripes with Marvel is the way they keep starting stories over and rebooting everything and having everything cross over. You can never just read the damn story you came for. It’s maddening.

  • Akilah

    I would be interested in hearing your reasons for not watching The Handmaid’s Tale!

    • Hahaha, oh, it’s not for very interesting reasons. I just read that book when I was in college, and when I was in college I thought “oh my God this is too real” and could barely handle it. Now I am old and it is much realer, and I just don’t want to put myself through that. I don’t think I could even reread the book in this current political environment, let alone spent the time to watch a TV version in SO MANY EPISODES. It’s too grim for me, basically. I can’t face it.

  • Ha, that egg piece is great, and I have now saved several of the others for future reading. I’m looking forward to the Scaachi Koul and Ijeoma Iluo pieces especially.