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Links Next Door (09/05/2014)

May 9, 2014 · in Links Next Door

Every week, I’m compiling a list of links that entertain and delight me, challenge and baffle me. I’m doing this as a sort of curating project, but also as a way to keep the blog afloat as I keep working on my dissertation.

MFA vs. POC: Junot Diaz, man. If you haven’t read his work, you really should get to it. Here he is speaking out on the “too white-ness” of MFA programs in the US over at the New Yorker: “Shit, in my workshop we never talked about race except on the rare occasion someone wanted to argue that “race discussions” were exactly the discussion a serious writer should not be having.” Great, necessary read.

Confidentially Yours: The Banality of the Celebrity Profile, and How It Got That Way: Proving once again that she is the greatest of role model I could hope to one day become, Anne Helen Peterson writes a fascinating take on the fluff celeb profile pieces that are all too ubiquitous and only occasionally informative. Read it if only to get at the delicious Capote/Brando anecdote from that infamous “The Duke of his Domain” piece the fey writer penned about the dreamy movie star.

– Curio: Kate Gabrielle’s Punny Prints: Over at the Film Experience, Alexa points us to these amazing curio mashup punny paintings; there are plenty more, but my favorite is this one inspired by this Mankiewicz masterpiece.

“Chagall About Eve”

Stop Saying “I Have a Boyfriend”: “Male privilege is “I have a boyfriend” being the only thing that can actually stop someone from hitting on you because they respect another male-bodied person more than they respect your rejection/lack of interest.” The quote that inspires this article really nails the discussion.

– On the topic of sexism, “Notes From A Queer Engineer: Can Inanimate Objects Be Sexist?” is a great look into the eponymous question, first looking at Occulus Rift and later at something much more common. Namely, cars. Articles like these do a great job of inquiring into what some may see as “sexist” binary questions (“Do men and women perceive differently?”) while being keenly attuned that the mere erasure of such questions does more harm than good and instead instantiates and encourages “straight, white, nondisabled, cisgender men” normativity.

– Everyone’s watching Inside Amy Schumer, correct? No? Well, you should be:

“Redefining the Man Cave” has never looked so beeftastic.

The Tortured Rise of the All-American Bro: “The bro is a historical accident, a hostile social virus—incubated in the safety of homosocial bonding and bred in communal organizations—that has infected the bloodstream of the United States.” The rest of the article is just as insightful.

If Comic Book Characters Were Cover Models on Classic Magazines: Ever wonder what it would look like if Rogue was on the cover of… VRogue? Now you won’t need to.

– While we’re talking comic books, this is a fantastic piece on the inequality of representation in the comics industry when it comes to the sexualization of female bodies. “She Has No Head! No, It’s Not Equal” breaks it down by looking at specific examples in terms of how female superheroines and villainesses are portrayed in terms of their body type, their clothing, their beauty and their poses. I skimmed through the comments and already the retorts are… unsavory at best and willfully close-minded at worst. Related: this spot-on Dorkly comic on Wonder Woman: