Links, July 31

SOCIAL JUSTICE
– GENDER

IDOL CULTURE


(worth watching this whole video, and comparing to the BBC clip below)




KOREA
‘back head’ implant
Before/After Shots
Korean High School (Documentary Preview)
K-pop Plastic Surgery
Korean Plastic Surgery

OTHER ASIA
Yamato nadeshiko
Rika Sasaki was talking to a friend about relationships in this series and romanticized statutory stuff

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Links, July 30

SFF
FILM

GALAXY QUEST DOCUMENTARY



TRAILERS




Edge of Tomorrow review
Final Interstellar Trailer Could Ruin You For All Other Scifi Movies
Moon
Her
Bulletpoints: Maleficent
The latest teaser trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Godzilla Haiku
RoboCop and the surveillance state
Snowpiercer

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Katy says v good things about film About Time
I Want to be the Time-Traveler, Not His Wife

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TELEVISION
Ayn Rand’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer
It’s history, Jim, but not as we know it. the worst shit ever around
And They Lived Heterosexually Ever After: Why I’m Not Recapping Once Upon A Time Anymore
Texts from the Federation
The Real History of Science Fiction: SERIES PREMIERE
You Can Build An Adventure Time BMO That’s Almost As Good As The Real Thing [Video]

Links, July 29

LITERATURE

RESOURCES
From Austen to Poe, Dickens to Doyle: A Book Lover’s Guide to Spotify
BookBub
A Comprehensive Reading List for and by Designers
Encyclopedias, dictionaries & ebooks online

LANGUAGE
Quote Investigator: Exploring the Origins of Quotations
Wiktionary: Frequency lists
Is it the “lie” or the “lay” of the land?
Golf is a Good Walk Spoiled

NONFICTION
Ask Anne Carson

JOAN DIDION: ONLY DISCONNECT:From Off Center: Essays by Barbara Grizzutti Harrison (1980).

Would you like to be /fucking bamboozled/ by weird opinions about Didion? Don’t worry man I got you.

“Didion’s “style” is a bag of tricks. Some of the effects she produces are quite pretty, even momentarily beautiful. But make no mistake: these are tricks — techniques — that can be learned (I don’t know why they have evoked so much wonder).” oh my god
what do you think
style is
I don’t
what

“Many of Didion’s observations about the self-serving “children” of the 1960s are dead accurate; but that doesn’t give her the right to fiddle while Watts burns. In “Los Angeles Notebook” Didion writes, “At the time of the 1965 Watts riots, what struck the imagination most indelibly were the fires…. The wind [that damned Santa Ana that blows through her novels and her essays] shows us how close to the edge we are.” To the edge of what? What is the apocalypse? And who, or what, has brought us to this place? Do not look to Didion for answers.”–um
congratulations
you are the only person ever
to want things SAID MORE BLATANTLY even than me
like, how is that not immediately fucking apparent
and what are you doing shaking this creative nonfic and going WHY ARE YOU NOT A POLI-SCI THESIS ON THE WATTS RIOTS WHY WHYYYY
anyway, this commentary is simultaneously erudite and also–
like, what is it like to be wrong about everything but still capable of coherent sentences?

ADJACENT
Lost typeface printing blocks found in river Thames
The best bookshops in Paris
goggly eyes on books
New Orleans librarian wins $3,000 prize
$1 Million in 1 Day: ‘Reading Rainbow’ Kickstarter Earns Pot of Gold
Parents call cops on teen for giving away banned book; it backfires predictably
Incorrect Sylvia Plath Quotes

Links, July 27

SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS

PLATONIC RELATIONSHIPS
Woman opens professional cuddling shop, gets 1000 customers in the first week
How Many of These Odd Friendships Are You Stuck In Right Now?
10 Types of Odd Friendships You’re Probably Part Of

ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIPS
To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This
Geek Relationship Fallacies
What Does It Mean to Be Able to Defend Your Relationship?
linguistic analysis of relationship discourse
It’s Not Just Sex That He’s Longing For. It’s This.: oh ffs
I’m Getting Married This Year and My Boyfriend Can’t Stop Me
Ex-Legislator on Trial for Sexual Abuse of Wife with Alzheimers

man this is some wank though, like, why can’t there be one official day? The issues with heterosexism are not synonymous with fucking Valentine’s Day
I get a bit ‘oh ffs’ when people think sj means no dancing!! only srs bznss!! or like only pious, valid forms of pleasure
and all they’re interested in redefining
is the boundaries of legitimacy
not the logic of ‘legitimacy’ itself

Have You Ever Had a Relationship End Because of a Book?
MY LAST TWO PARTNERS DIED, AND THREE YEARS LATER I’M TRYING TO DATE AGAIN
I Read ‘I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To’ So You Don’t Have To
Dr Meg Barker: counselor/researcher working on BDSM, poly, asexual couples, etc
Here’s What It Looks Like When You Chronicle Every Detail of an Affair
Breaking Up Is More Expensive Than You Think
Why you should be hooking up with your friends
How to Talk About Divorce in Your Twenties
If your career stalled because of your husband, call it like it is

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Beyoncé Watches as Solange Physically Attacks Jay-Z After the Met Ball
Beyoncé, Solange and the Insane Complexity of Sisters and Marriage

Links, July 24

NEWS
Scalded by Coffee, Then News Media
Hamilton Jewelers Robbed on Sunday Afternoon
17 News Headlines That Are an Instant Facepalm
Black-eyed ghosts and giant mutant rats: the scare stories that nearly destroyed Britain in 2014
Woman Discovers Dead Body of Queens Man in Luxury Spa With Her Toe
SOMALIA: Renowned female artist and MP Saado Ali Warsame shot dead in Mogadishu
Boko Haram may have just killed 2,000 people: ‘Killing went on and on and on’
Woman saves three relatives from Ebola
Pope Straight Up Excommunicates All Mobsters from the Catholic Church
This Kid Is the Best Thing to Happen to Local News Since Explosions
No, A ‘Supercomputer’ Did NOT Pass The Turing Test For The First Time And Everyone Should Know Better
Watchdog now treating universal credit as ‘new project’ after successive delays
Delta learns the hard way that Ghana doesn’t have giraffes
Woman Who Shot Missile Into Car Has Most Florida Name EVER (EVER)
Uzbekistan’s feuding first family and the mystery of the president’s missing daughter

Links, July 23

GENERAL SOCIAL JUSTICE
The Artificial Leaf Is Here. Again.
Checking Privilege-Checking
Gull Factory
I’m gutted about University Challenge. And it’s got nothing to do with Paxman
Honesty Comic
Cycling Activists Build Bamboo Car Skeletons to Demonstrate Space Taken by Single Occupancy Cars
Meet the ‘Radical Brownies’ – girl scouts for the modern age
On the old saw, “The left will never win due to in-fighting”

Boy Reportedly Told Not To Wear My Little Pony Backpack To Class:
“Noreen Bruce said officials at Buncombe County Schools recently told her son, Grayson, that he was not allowed to wear his My Little Pony backpack because it was a “trigger for bullying,” according to local outlet WLOS-TV.”—>thaaaat is not what triggering means

SOCIAL JUSTICE DISCOURSE/INSTITUTIONS
Triggering Me, Triggering You: Making Up Is Hard To Do

DISABILITY/MENTAL HEALTH
My Workout Buddy Outed Me as a Recovering Alcoholic
Self Care 101: 25 Small and No Nonsense Ways To Keep Your Shit Together
Don’t use the N-word or ‘faggots’ but ‘retards’ is fine
#fibromyalgia, #mecfs & “exercise”
One of the things that really sucks about being a naturally big person and having an eating disorder is that, like you said, people don’t view your struggle as valid.
When Is It Okay to Say “Retard”? Check This Chart
Help Is Not a Dirty Word: Constructing Independence As Something Other Than “Never Depending on Anyone”
The Cherry Cordial Revolution: Do I help Grandma, or do I follow the rules?
A Life Of Anxiety Documented