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Rules Were Meant To Be Broken, Particularly Jonathan Franzen's Rules

By Ursula Scully | Pajiba Love | November 15, 2018 |

By Ursula Scully | Pajiba Love | November 15, 2018 |


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One of my shameful pleasures is that I really, really enjoy Jonathan Franzen’s novels. I KNOW. But let me join the *punches some numbers into a calculator* 99.9999999% of the population for calling out his pretentiousness here. (Lit Hub)

Victoria’s Secret CEO, Jan Singer, has resigned. Apparently, the company is suffering from low sales and they’re also unwilling to expand their merchandise to plus-sized women. Hand to god, I didn’t know they still sold underwear. I thought their entire market shifted to Pink-branded leggings and sweatshirts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ (Celebitchy)

Did you know that Mariah Carey is releasing a new album tomorrow?! Me either. Her last album, Glitter, is currently #2 on iTunes which is hilarious. (Lainey Gossip)

Lee Child, the author of the Jack Reacher novels, has said that Tom Cruise is too smol to play Jack again. How many thetans did Cruise destroy in his rage after hearing that comment, do you think? (Dlisted)

The surprising neuroscience of hugging! (Psychology Today)

If Emily’s lemon jello with scallops dish was made into a dress, it would look exactly like Tessa Thompson’s custom Prada. And yet, she’s making it work. Because Tessa is a goddess. (GFY)

This Amazon HQ2 deal is a nightmare, right comrades? (The Intercept)

Hoodies. They’re arresting black men for wearing hoodies. Jesus fucking Christ. (The Root)

Consciousness is all about vibration, maybe. I bet mine vibrates on the same level as potatoes do. (The Conversation)

Mary Poppins Returns character posters are here! (T&L)

Even a broken clock…etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. (The Wrap)

A company is offering free genome tests. Buuuuuuut you have to give them a lot of detailed info. (Technology Review)

If this isn’t a poster at the Maine DMV, it should be. (Twitter)

Y’all, I know Johann Hari is a polarizing figure. And I know his book about depression has been…debunked is too strong a word for it so let’s go with highly-criticized, yes? But a new study seems to support his theory: rats chose social interaction over taking drugs. (PubMed) (P.S. He was on the latest episode of Sam Harris’ pod, and it’s a good listen.)

Do you remember your dreams? I do! My husband does not. Like, not ever. Isn’t that so strange? Here are six factors that determine if you recall your dreams or not. (Mental Floss)

HONK! (The Cut)

Over at his day job, Seth wrote about all the comic book movies coming out next year (which basically all feature either Sam Jackson or James McAvoy. Which is ok). (Atom Insider)

Last year, Puerto Rico was hit by two hurricanes. When it became clear that the Trump administration was uninterested in helping, Jose Andres, a chef and immigrant from Spain, stepped in to feed the people of Puerto Rico. We Fed an Island The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time is Andres’ story about the month he spent setting up kitchens and dealing with red tape. Debcapsfan says, "Make no mistake, this was a labor of love for Jose. He sweated and toiled and cooked with every one of his volunteers." If you found yourself in a disaster recovery effort, what talents could you offer? (Cannonball Read 10)



Ursula is a Staff Contributor for Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.



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