Things I’m Verbing: False feminists, bad business and a very good cucumber

I’m working on deadline today, so this is going to be quick — but in a short and sweet kind of way, rest easy. They’re all good stories, Brent.

I’m working on deadline today, so this is going to be quick — but in a short and sweet kind of way, rest easy. They’re all good stories, Brent.

  • What does it mean to be a good cucumber these days? Food writer Bee Wilson believes it’s become so watered-down, we don’t even know what that means anymore. (Link goes to the Financial Times; heads up on the paywall.)
  • Small Town Noir: I’m fascinatedNiemanStoryboard asks a Scottish fellow why he’s so obsessively collecting and investigating mid-century mugshots from a small town in western Pennsylvania.
  • You swooned and screamed over the first Black Panther trailer this week, right? (Ohmygod, go do so if you haven’t.) Seems like that kind of momentum would be a great time for Marvel to showcase its Wakanda-based comics, with their excellent writers and illustrators! Or… not, apparently? In the process, they’ve revealed a fatal flaw about how the industry insists it will get new readers into comics.
  • Last night in my corner of the internet, Twitter user Rave Sashayed bravely livetweeted her experience reading the godawful and rightfully canned 2006 Joss Whedon script for Wonder Woman. It’s worth considering where the famous-for-being-feminist Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator went so, so wrong in his approach to women. A Tumblr user named Laurel Jupiter took a thoughtful look at Whedon’s work back in 2015, when we were all still angry about the mess that is The Avengers: Age of Ultron. As she writes:

I wish he hadn’t turned, in twenty years, from the man who wanted to see the blonde girl in the horror movie survive and thrive into the rich bastard who thought it was funny to call Natasha Romanoff a cunt on IMAX and who called her a monster for being the victim of medical abuse. I’m still laughing angrily at Joss being driven off twitter by a mob of angry, betrayed female fans, because wow does he ever deserve it, but man, Joss. It didn’t have to be that way.

  • Samantha Bee is everything, and Full Frontal this week was a glorious poke in the eye to Jeff Sessions. Let’s end it on that:

Stay brave, friends.

Things I’m Verbing: Aural mapping, @horse_ebooks and Casimir Pulaski, who isn’t in ‘Hamilton’

Chicago was great! Chicago was so great. I expect to have a lot more to say on that topic, but all in good time. However, one big reason why I chose to go — in addition to the fact that I lived there for 12 years and missed it and my people — was the Theo Janssen Strandbeest exhibit and demonstrations. I found out about them in about 2003 and have been dying to see them in person ever since. What a great coincidence that the Chicago Cultural Center would be hosting them for three months, free to the public!

What a great coincidence that the one day I was able to get downtown to see them was Pulaski Day, a holiday about a Polish cavalryman who fought for the Americans during the Revolutionary War and somehow didn’t make it into Hamilton. Kids get out of school, public buildings are closed and I am forced to come back to Chicago before May 1, when the installations ends. What a hardship!

Meanwhile, I’ve seen so many histories of the GOP and why it’s imploding in this particular way right now that I’m going to leave that narrative where it is, but there’s been too much good writing on Trump voters to leave them out entirely.

XKCD is great, so I’m just going to leave you with this, which speaks for itself:

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