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Lindsey Graham Self-Quarantines, and Alexandra Grant on Her Relationship with Keanu Reeves ❤️

By Ursula Scully | Pajiba Love | March 12, 2020 |

By Ursula Scully | Pajiba Love | March 12, 2020 |


‘It’s so toxic’: Why we’re addicted to mean online gossip about women. (The Guardian)

Alexandra Grant, the spectacularly bad-ass woman dating Keanu Reeves, knows that she doesn’t “fit it”: “I’m a 6ft 1in woman with white hair. You know, the idea of fitting in…If I wanted to look like Kim Kardashian, I would have to have surgery removing about a foot off my legs.” (Yahoo!)

The sacrifices of George Orwell’s first wife. (New Statesman)

For The 1st Time, Architecture’s Most Prestigious Prize Is Awarded To 2 Women. (NPR)

Lindsey Graham was on Sean Hannity’s show just last night, arguing that the reaction to the coronavirus is overblown. Today, he is self-quarantining. He was one of many Republicans at Mar-a-Lago this weekend with the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who has tested positive. It is my understanding that Donald Trump still has not gotten a test. (The Hill)

The Diet Industrial Complex Got Me, and It Will Never Let Me Go. (NYT)

On a lighter note: retro style national park posters featuring their worst reviews on Yelp. (Twitter)

Omid Scobie wrote a great article about the Sussexes’ exit from the Royal Fam, but this part really got to me the most: “One can’t help but wonder if things might have been different if a family member or two had stood up for them during the darkest times.” Because you can speculate all you want about who was in the right or wrong, but you cannot deny that Harry’s older twat brother said not one goddamn thing to publicly defend his brother and sister-in-law. (Celebitchy)

This Lego + Super Mario collaboration is Peak Nostalgia for me. (Ars Technica)

I love, love, love to see inside celebrity homes, especially when they’re featured in Architecture Digest. If I had Dakota Johnson’s backyard, I would never leave. What a lush paradise! (Lainey Gossip)

5 ways life would be better if it were always daylight saving time. (The Conversation)

Are you watching Devs? I’m enjoying it a lot so far, but I hope they have a good handle on the story because I can see it falling apart in a million different ways. Anyway, here is an interview with Alison Pill. (Vulture)

Here’s how long the coronavirus can live in the air and on packages. (Technology Review)

Jenna Elfman thinks that the controversy around Scientology is “boring.” I mean, sure, the religion teaches that we’re all just meat bodies for trapped alien spirits, so, totally, yawn. (Dlisted)

Smartphones Aren’t the Problem — Capitalism Is. (Jacobin)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The View join The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee to scrap their live audiences. Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers and now Late Show With Stephen Colbert are going on haitus until April. (The New York Post)

I read this last week and I’m still thinking about it: What Liberal Feminism Leaves Out. (Current Affairs)

One week from tomorrow, March 20 and 21, #CannonBookClub will host its first discussion of the year, a revisit of Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. Faintingviolet has posted some suggested discussion questions to get readers thinking. Mandel borrows a line from Star Trek: Voyager as the slogan for The Travelling Symphony, “survival is insufficient.” What makes life worth surviving? (Cannonball Read 12)

I’m going to close today with a personal note. As an immunocompromised person, I beg you, think of the other people around you. You might be fine and healthy and unaffected by this epidemic, but those around you might not be. Please, think of them. I’m not panicking. I’m not saying you should panic. Be thoughtful and be smart. Also, listen to Erin Gibson:

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Can’t say it better myself so let @thealisonbecker preach but lemme add - this is not an indictment of people living paycheck to paycheck or anyone whose life is getting fucking turned upside down by the economics of this epidemic. This is for the whitey white white who thinks they are above this shit. I will delete off topic rants and you can scream into the void. ——————— Wake up. Italy is practicing wartime triage. That means they are deciding which patients are most likely to live before even admitting them. And they are treating people in hallways because the system is overloaded. Cancel your parties. Postpone your shows. If you are young you will probably live through it, but ignoring this is ageist and ableist. What about our parents and grandparents? What about our pregnant friends? What about our friends and family with illness or compromised immune system? What about our HIV+ neighbors and friends? Those taking meds for MS or organ transplant that lower immunity? Stop saying “eh. Just wash your hands.” Italy is screaming at us that we need to ALL take action now. Please listen. We are not trying to incite panic. We are trying to avoid it. Italy has taken unprecedented measures that are decimating their economy. You think they’d do that for fun? No. It’s an emergency. If you can work from home, do it. If you cannot, practice extreme hygiene standards. WAKE UP. Be safe. Wash your hands. Do not touch your face. Stay away from crowds. Move your book club to a video conference. I know some of y’all are going to comment that I’m overreacting. Let me tell you this - I HOPE TO GOD I AM. But if not, why not just lay low for a bit in the hopes that you could save some lives? If I’m wrong in 2 weeks, I will be so, so happy. Then you can go back to your birthday parties and licking telephone poles. I am yelling at you because I love you. Call your parents and convince them how bad this is. Make sure they are prepared.

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