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Links I Love: Comedy on TV, Listening to Ladies, Crossword Controversies

I’m having a wicked case of writer’s block when it comes to writing about books. Or maybe I’ve just spent too many hours bingeing on Jane the Virgin, which is truly one of the most delightful shows I’ve watched in a long time. Whatever the reason, today I’m bringing a link round up of some great (recent-ish) articles I’ve been reading – enjoy!

Speaking of Jane the Virgin, I loved tv critic Maureen Corrigan’s take on comedy’s takeover of television in the post-Golden Age era – lots of good shows to add to my list.

This piece about Donald Trump from the perspective of his longtime butler – what I bet the Trump campaign thought would be a puff piece – is one of the best subtle takedowns of Drumpf that I’ve ever read.

The layout and design for this Huffington Post piece on how women became seen but not heard in fairy tales is stellar, and the story is pretty interesting too – love the recommendations for Amber Sparks and Helen Oyeyemi.

Apparently plagiarism in crossword puzzles is a thing – scandalous!

Does sexism in the office make women love Hillary Clinton? Yup.

Is Hamilton the perfect mashup for every fandom? Yup again.  

Parul Sehgal’s stellar New York Times Magazine piece on the concept of erasure – “the practice of collective indifference that renders certain people and groups invisible” – is excellent, and crosses genres and formats to explore the issue.  

Literary ladies who may have gone too far… such a great list.

This quote, from Why It Stings So Badly When Men Tell Hillary Clinton To Smileis basically the truest thing ever:

When powerful men tell a woman who might just become the most powerful in the world to smile, it reminds the rest of us that no matter how well we play the game, it is ultimately rigged against us. Because even becoming the Democratic frontrunner for president of the United States doesn’t exempt you from the bullshit any woman with a body and a face has to deal with.

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links through Amazon. If you make a purchase through any of those links, I will receive a small commission.
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  • Christy (A Good Stopping Point) March 17, 2016, 7:08 pm

    Love that Cathy of East of Eden was included in that list of literary ladies who went too far. And the article on “erasure” was great – especially the concluding point about how older women are missing from most mainstream storytelling.

  • Jenny @ Reading the End March 17, 2016, 8:06 pm

    Boy, that paragraph about telling Clinton to smile is so true and so painful. We still have so many months to go before the election, and I’m already fed the hell up with the gendered criticisms of Clinton’s behavior and appearance at every single damn event she ever goes to.

    • Kim March 27, 2016, 5:54 pm

      It’s so aggravating! And the worst part is it happens enough that it starts to feel normal and I start to think that way… only to have to check myself about it. Super frustrating.

  • Trisha March 18, 2016, 4:17 pm

    Great list of articles! I have to admit that I am already burnt out on the election. I’m getting to the point where I’m just devastated that Trump has made it as far as he has. Even if he loses, the fact that so many supported him is depressing.

    And Yay for Hamilton!

  • Kimberly March 19, 2016, 10:46 am

    That crossword puzzle story is a riot! Also, I smirked when I saw the Hamilton reference in the Erasure story. Hamilton is truly everywhere!

    • Kim March 27, 2016, 5:52 pm

      It reminded me of a book I love, Word Freak, all about the secret world of competitive Scrabble. I bet there’s a book about the world of crossword puzzle makers and enthusiasts… off to Google that one!

  • Lisa March 19, 2016, 2:50 pm

    Great links – off to do some reading!

  • Michelle March 21, 2016, 1:55 pm

    I love every one of these articles! That interview by Trump’s butler – just whoa. It only confirms my fears of getting that megalomaniac anywhere close to the White House. That the butler thinks nothing of it is perhaps even scarier, if that can be believed.

    I loved both articles about Clinton. Sexism is still alive and thriving.

    • Kim March 27, 2016, 5:51 pm

      That’s how I felt too… like, clearly those behaviors aren’t what an average person would do… there should be more concern!

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