Things to read
“Men who teared up were viewed more positively than any of the other groups – either gender of full-on criers or women who teared up. (It made little difference whether the women cried or teared up). Male criers who were described as ‘sad’ were also viewed most positively of the bunch, though there was little gender difference for the angry criers. The subjects also thought the women’s tears were less genuine.”
“I behold the wretch – the miserable monster whom I had help create. He takes up the entire screen; and this dick pic, if dick pic it might be called, is fixed on me. The veins throb, and it lurches forward disturbingly, while a single tear weeps from the tip. Your one hand is stretched out, seemingly to grip him, but I avert my eyes and delete the image.”
“Within minutes of seeing Crosson’s vine, the First Lady was in FDR’s Map Room, filming her response. ‘Turnip – for what,’ she deadpanned into the camera, a glorious purple and white root vegetable in hand. The bass dropped and Mrs Obama closed her eyes, bouncing to the beat.”
“I am joking and I am not. It takes a lot of time to read a book. You spend a tiny but measurable portion of your life doing it. You sit with the psychology of a book, even when it’s not in your hands and in your eyes. So how much would it be worth it to me to read a book I don’t really want to read, one that is even disempowering to me and other women? Well, I have a price list laid out in my Kickstarter.”
“The role should have been thankless. Even in Shakespeare's play, Duke is the boring, square-jawed aristocrat stuck between two far more interesting women who both fall in love with him because ... I don't know, probably the square jaw thing. But as has since become his trademark, Tatum took the role and ran with it, giving Duke depth and a real sense of humor beyond ‘soccer star with a decent face’.”
Things to listen to
Alice Isn't Dead, the new production from the people behind Welcome to Night Vale, has been my chief listen in what was quite a busy week. There's only one episode out so far, but it's spooky and strange and very textured, so I'll certainly be listening to the rest. We dissected it in more detail on SRSLY, if you fancy a bit of podception.
Things to watchIn case you were wondering, British politics is mostly briefcase-based.
I still <3 Detectorists.