Links I’ve read and liked.
Jonathan Franzen, who is already a millionaire, can make more money for saying Edith Wharton was ugly than I will make working fifty hours a week for the next six months. I am trying to make sense of all of that at once and you know what, it doesn’t fucking work. Every writer I care about, every writer I know, is better and more important and more ambitious than Jonathan Franzen.
If you read nothing else this week, read The Rejectionist on Jonathan Franzen, anger, and why Lionel Shriver should shut the hell up already.
“The shots girl walked around in a dress that contorted like a short question.” A great story up at ThoughtCatalog.
“Try not to sound like such a special snowflake, it’s very offputting!”
Constructive creative writing criticism: U R DOIN IT WRONG.
The City Lights Bookstore blog did some fab stuff to celebrate Women’s History Month (March). Just a selection of their posts included introductions to the work of Diane Di Prima, Adrienne Rich and Audre Lorde.
I love Caustic Cover Critic, and in particular their “outing” of lazy publishers who use the same old, same old stock images. Check out bendy neck girl, lady in the rain and, weirdest, naked woman in the road.
Leonardo shows up at fancy dinner even though he is a stinky poor and Kate Winslet’s mom hates him: “My mother looked at him like an insect—a dangerous insect that must be squished quickly.” After dinner, Leonardo says, “Time for me to go row with the other slaves!” Again with the slave thing. YOU GUYS ARE HELLA NOT SLAVES. PLEASE READ A BOOK.
Funniest review of Titanic ever at Jezebel.
The story of a woman who had to have four babies before she could accept feminism. This is fascinating, honest and lovely.
One of the best posts I’ve read so far on the whole Samantha Brick débacle.
You might see a scone at a trendy, locally-owned coffee shop and wonder about whether or not the sugar in the scone was harvested primarily by men or women. And that if it was harvested by women, whether or not that should be considered a triumph for gender equality because women should be breadwinners, too, damnit, or that it’s evidence that women are always being exploited? Or if by questioning the importance of the identity of the farmer, you’re just reenforcing society’s obsession with the gender binary.
Also from ThoughtCatalog: five reasons why you shouldn’t major in Women’s Studies. Oh, and five reasons why you should.
A pretty cool Robert Frost tattoo.
Obligatory happy Friday KITTEN GIF!
…oh alright, go on then. Have another.
I don’t necessarily agree with everything in the poem, but I could listen to her voice for hours.
I know I’ve posted this before, but again — it never gets old. THE SNARK. Love it.
Any fellow hoopers out there? I am just-starting-out and utterly crap, but this makes me feel better.
And speaking of which: best song to hoop to ever? Probably.
Have a great weekend!
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