I’m an aunt, y’all! Wooooooooo! Truly it is the happiest of Fridays! Though I can’t transmit my joy directly into your brains, I will nevertheless do my best to give you some happiness in the form of excellent links. Enjoy!
In case you missed it, I wrote a fandom vocabulary primer for the Oxford Dictionaries blog.
The goddess Alexandra Petri (the woman who brought us Emo Kylo Ren) outlines the Great American Novel.
A history of Harry Potter fandom.
The Seattle Seahawks made a loud noise about the statement they were planning to make before their opening game, but what they said was a whole lot of nothing.
“Modern patriotism has become Kabuki citizenship”: Wesley Morris burns the house down, per usual, in this piece on Colin Kaepernick for the New York Times; as does Rembert Browne for NYMag. These Grantland alums, I’m telling you!
If you believe that a frown is a thing you do with your mouth, this article is going to mess you up.
GUESS WHAT KATE BISHOP COMIC
I know it’s sad when a marriage ends, but also, my first instinct was to be excited for whatever Sam Donsky and Anne Helen Peterson were going to have to say about it, and they did not disappoint. I am just so fascinated by celebrity narrative-crafting.
Kiese Laymon on what the American flag means to him.
It’s time to retire the Rom-Com Bitch, says Bim Adewunmi, with an admirably thorough analysis that includes MY BELOVED While You Were Sleeping.
Happy Friday, everyone!
How to cull your books: The Awl guide. Let me tell you my method, team. Take all the books. Line them up on the floor, right to left, by how much you love them. Then draw a line somewhere in the middle of that long line of books and cull everything to the left of your line. Boom. Done.
More on fan entitlement (and a bit of side-eye for Steven Moffat, which I am never not here for) from The Mary Sue. I’m really digging Maddie Myers’s work on The Mary Sue these days, y’all! Go follow her on Twitter, I like where her head’s at.
Speaking of things I’m never not here for, Jonathan Franzen gave an interview to Slate and it’s everything I could have asked. He has never been in love with a black woman and he suspects poors don’t like him because he enunciates and wears glasses. What a great world.
Mm, Elizabeth Minkel gets real on why she doesn’t believe that The Cursed Child is fanfic.
Holy crap, y’all, Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes went on a road trip one time. They had funsies. Let’s turn that into a movie.
Aaron Sorkin’s online screenwriting class is everything you want it to be. Ben Lindbergh reports for The Ringer.
Matt Zoller Seitz on the decline of the serialized TV drama.
Why Twitter attracts trolls.
Diversity in book publishing. The last two years have seen a marked increase in books by POC authors, but the staff of the publishing industry remains overwhelmingly white.
Being stuck without a book is the worst. I believe we can all agree on that. When was the last time you needed a book and didn’t have one?