At noon today, Kayleigh wrote about a piece suggesting that a book called Handbook for Mortals had scammed its way to the top of the NYTimes bestseller list. Over the next few hours, YA Author Phil Stamper, self-described amateur detective Jeremy West, Kayleigh, and a lot of fine people on YA Twitter worked together to investigate. By 5 p.m., the rightful author, Angie Thomas — author of The Hate U Give — found herself back atop the NYTimes Bestseller list where she belongs.
Omg 😭. Thanks to everyone who investigated, spoke out, and supported. This week is that much more special because of you. ❤️ this community pic.twitter.com/QyAoKAzjt3— Angie Thomas (@angiecthomas) August 24, 2017
It’s a fascinating and pretty remarkable story. For a full rundown on all the details, check out Kayleigh’s full post. (Pajiba)
Over on The Guardian today, James Cameron — who is making 17 sequels to a movie no one gives two shits about — said that Wonder Woman is a “step backwards.” I’ll let Cher (not that one) handle the response. (The Guardian)
James Cameron: "Wonder Woman objectified it's lead & was a step backwards from Sarah Connor."— Cher (@thecherness) August 24, 2017
Linda Hamilton: pic.twitter.com/jUeaNjOVpd
Also, follow Cher on Twitter. She’s amazing.
Stranger Things season 2 is fast approaching, and I am here for all the promotional incidentals. First, there is this adorable pop-up bar in Chicago. Second, here is a music video from Gaten Matarazzo. What an adorable poppet. (Nylon)
I know it’s been a very long time, that I need to get over it, and that it’s unhealthy to hold onto something like this, but oh lordy, what happened to you Jordan Catalano? (GFY)
I work in the most iconic Chicago building, and with that comes over-crowding, tourists, and the rudest men I have ever encountered. So when I saw a tweet about not stepping aside for men, I decided to try it out. Upside: I feel like a badass. Downside: ouch, it hurts sometimes. I really want Manslamming to become a capital-M Movement. (Refinery)
You must watch this video of a Tesla absolutely destroying a Lamborghini. Ha. How’s that for a headline? Maybe I could find a career in the Click Bait Industry after all. (You Tube)
Lifestyle Bloggers and Instagram Influencers are finally being flagged by the FCC for not designating their sponsored posts as ads. Queen Lifestyle Guru herself, Goop, is being called out by a watchdog group for the bulls*it she’s selling. Finally. (Dlisted)
Did you guys know that it’s still possible to get the plague? As in, Bubonic?! I did not. You’d think this would be enough to re-think a pet raccoon, but nope, still want one. (Medium)
How do you punish vile, spoiled, and entitled crazy-rich trophy wife Louise Linton who can buy anything except self-awareness? I think this is the only way: have Valentino and Tom Ford distance themselves from her. Delicious. (Celebitchy)
Did you read Sam Kriss’ Shrinking the President? (The answer to this should be a resounding yes.) You should also read The Eclipsing of Steve Bannon. (The Baffler)
I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. I also don’t believe in magic. But if you told me that the CIA magicked me into loving Celine Dion, I would believe you. Because I do not know how this happened, I didn’t even know it was possible, yet here I am. (LG)
Janetfaust has been a fan of Peter David’s Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men books. She likes his wit and action. While perusing the 5th Dimension Book Store (a mobile bookstore in a bus), she found David’s Darkness of the Light. "It doesn’t offer much that is new or substantive, but it’s tasty goodness nonetheless." If you were "freed from the yoke of servitude to an established universe," what world would you create? (Cannonball Read 9)
Ursula lives in Chicago and likes potatoes very much. You can follow her here.