Let’s start this off on a bummer note. Earlier this week, Tony award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (who you may know from writing M. Butterfly, but has continued writing amazing, thought provoking, racially-based plays) was stabbed in the throat in a seemingly random attack earlier this week. Incredibly, he managed to get himself to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Here’s a super blurry picture of the back of the suspect. (Gothamist)
Kelly Osbourne has been banned from two public parks because she yelled at children. (To her credit— I think— she was defending her nephew from some jerk kids.) (Celebitchy)
Iggy Azalea and Erykah Badu got into a minor Twitter feud, and were TOTALLY overshadowed by one of Badu’s fans, who had maybe the greatest comeback I’ve ever heard. (Lainey)
And while we’re qualifying “greatests,” Vice has a great (and depressing) article on women in comedy, and the comments section is as disgusting as you’d expect. But H/T to Brock Wilbur for digging out what may be the single stupidest, least logical defense of industry-wide sexism ever.
It’s just so beautiful in its simplicity. Can we hope that this is the sexist stupidity tipping point?
ETA: Some of you in the comments are very nice people and are giving this guy the benefit of the doubt in assuming this is sarcasm. I DO NOT want to encourage you to visit the article’s comments section, but based on his many other comments, he is definitely human garbage and is not being cheeky.
This is an historic moment for the US military, as every branch has now been ordered to throw out their No Girls Allowed signs, without exception. (Washington Post)
Relatedly, sure it’s a emotionally manipulative holiday toy commercial, but kudos to Toys “R” Us for bucking traditional gender roles for a tear-jerker of an ad.
Hey look everyone! Miley Cyrus wants to be in Star Wars, too. (Go Fug Yourself)
How open world games have changed the way we look at games. (Wired)
I’m just now starting to catch up on this season of The Leftovers, so I appreciate that this piece in awe of Damon Lindelof’s courage and skill isn’t spoilery, but it does fill me to the brim with curiosity. This season is so masterfully executed, I can’t wait to see what the big reveal is that Dustin keeps singing praises for. (Uproxx)
Meet your new nightmare fuel.
Here’s how to tell if someone is flirting with you, based on science. Thanks, science! *hair flip* *laugh* *eye contact* (Inverse)
If Shmookariah thought she could get away with teaching The Essential Calvin and Hobbes as modern literature, she would do it in a heartbeat. "Calvin and Hobbes is the pinnacle of human achievement. The Pyramid at Giza, The Iliad, and the collected works of William Shakespeare are thrust into shadow at the feet of Bill Watterson, whose Spaceman Spiff, transmogrifying ray, and arch existential crises live forever in the hearts of millions of adults." What say you, Pajibans? Do you agree? (Cannonball Read 7)