Links + Things: Terrifying Roosters, Beautiful Book Covers & Gendered Television Criticism
Hi y'all! Happy Friday and welcome to another installment of Links & Things! Let's get down to business...
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File this under "Important Videos You Must Share," a rooster terrifies a reporter. (Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know I've had my own rooster concerns for some time now.)
Apologies for the excessive quoting of Kayla Upadhyaya's phenomenal piece about television and gender and the notion of credibility in what's largely considered a "golden age" of television. I am quite fascinated by the way gender influences our perception of what's "good" versus "fluffy," and Upadhyaya brilliantly dissects this issue.
The spoiler battles on Twitter/Facebook/Etc are quite interesting, right? Awhile back someone "yelled" at me on Twitter for "spoiling" Dawson's Creek--a show that ended 10 years ago! I am pretty good at avoiding spoilers by either avoiding social media when something's on or using the snazzy mute filters. Anyway, there are some interesting thoughts on the subject on Vulture.
This short piece in Fast Company is important information for anyone who previously had their privacy on Facebook locked down regarding the search function (I did). I'm pretty sad about this, as while I don't use Facebook a lot, I have kept an account because there are some family members and friends I wouldn't otherwise hear from if not for Facebook. I do not use it for work, and keep my settings so it's hard to find me--I'm not sure what I'll do now that this is changing.
- Here's the scoop on Coach and Tami's long-lost FNL sex scene.
- Are you a typewriter nerd? Check out this story about an Italian typewriter museum.
- Broadcasters are very scared of Aereo, a device that lets you easily DVR and stream over-the-air television.
- This is a very raw and profound first-person essay on why "sex positive feminism" can be alienating for some people.
- Stop saying, "I'm so OCD," says the author of this article. This is a good reminder of the importance of diminishing real mental health issues by making off-the-cuff remarks.
- Author Malinda Lo is absolutely brilliant--if you ever get the chance to see her speak, do it! This recent article on sexuality, masculinity and the stereotypes of Asian men is excellent and incredibly thought-provoking.
- I really loved the honesty of Sarah Rees Brennan's interview with Rich in Color.
- Richard Belzer said goodbye to his long-running character, Detective Munch, this week. I loved this character on the 90s show "Homicide: Life on the Streets," but didn't realize he'd played Munch on 10 different shows over more than 20 years! Munch is the longest-running live-action character in television history, amazingly.
- The Boob Tube Dude has been killing it with excellent commentary on television lately (if you're not reading that blog and love TV, you should fix that ASAP). I particularly enjoyed his thoughts on angry fandoms and the ridiculousness of the Nielson Twitter TV ratings.
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- Even if you're not an urban fantasy fan--or if you have UF burnout--you've got to take advantage of this deal for the first book in Jenn Bennett's fantastic Arcadia Bell series. It's $1.99 for the Kindle edition and it's one of my favorites.
- Carniepunk is a solid anthology of highly-regarded authors' urban fantasy short stories. I have an ARC and kind of jumped around to the authors who I most wanted to read. It's $1.99 on Kindle.
- We love Chuck Wendig. He's newest novel is a YA dystopian about, well, corn. The ebook is $1.99 (if you're a member of the Amazon lending library thingie, this one can be borrowed for free).
Have an awesome weekend, all!