Oops, the holidays happened and I forgot to post links round-ups. I know you have all been suffering terribly without them. My hope is that you improved the shining hour by catching up on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and The Good Place, my two favorite shows on TV. But if you just moped around a-waiting, here’s the goods at last.
Black women have largely been left out of the conversation about harassment (quelle surprise). Rebecca Carroll talks about her experience of racist belittlement from Charlie Rose.
On the state of Kentucky and the borders of the South.
Gillian Flynn writes about how those men view women. It is rough. No wonder her books are the way they are.
Debut novelist Naima Coster talks about what it meant to have a black woman as her editor. (Her book sounds really good too!)
This season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has been incredibly good. Angelica Jade Bastien talks about watching it while coming to terms (again) with her own mental illness and suicide attempt.
Melissa Harris-Perry contemplates the #MeToo backlash, and how we can stop it.
Nikole Hannah-Jones continues to do incredible work on school segregation in the US, and this interview at the Atlantic is fuego. When she writes a book, when that day comes, I am going to buy 29 copies of it and distribute them to a bunch of people.
On the poignancy of acknowledgements in books. I love acknowledgements in books. I am not ashamed.
Carly Lane talks about negative responses to Star Wars and the perils of becoming too committed to fan theories and headcanons.
How were the Porgs created? The answer is goddamn adorable.
Scaachi Koul thinks Logan Paul is an asshole and says so much more eloquently than I ever could.
And by the way, I’m not linking it, but there’s a Washington Post article making the rounds about how maybe Logan Paul did some good by drawing attention to the suicide problem in Japan. Among other things, it implies that media guidelines for reporting on suicide (which are based in research about suicide contagion) are similar in quality to the culture of shame and silence around suicide in Japan. It makes me want to punch a wall. It’s less harmful for the media to say nothing than it is for them to report irresponsibly (as they consistently do). I am wrath.
Happy weekend! Stay warm!