Long Weekend Longreads – April 19, 2014

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There are few things more essential in the morning than finding a quick collection of longreads to get me through my morning commute. Here are some of my favourites of this week, may they help you get through family tedium this weekend (if you’re celebrating Easter) or through brunch (if you’re not.) And feel free to share your favourite finds this week in the comments.

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“You Win, Or You Die”: On the Women of Game of Thrones – First off, Game of Thrones premiered two weeks ago! This means not only do I get GoT, but I get the thing I almost like more, the analysis of GoT everywherrreee. This one is an interesting look at the parallel lives of the self-proclaimed ‘strong’ women of the series, Cersei, Dany and Arya. Spoilers abound.

This long-read is more of a medium-read, but it’s a vindicating one! Turns Out Millennials Are Scary Smart With Their Money is an interesting Times article that disproves the idea that Millenials are awful with money (we’re just really good at pretending we have any in the first place) but with some sobering intel about how our cautiousness might actually hurt us in the long run. Eeep.

Blood Sisters – Why girls cut themselves and why we can’t blame Twitter – This darker long-read delves into a part of the dark-web that I’m glad wasn’t so visible when I was younger, the cutting/self-injury groups on Livejournal and Tumblr (I’m sure they existed, I just didn’t know about them until I was older and less vulnerable.) I never self-injured, but I definitely remember those feelings and can’t imagine how it would be better or worse if it was so visible and accessible as the author describes now.

For the Love of Books – For a little lighter fare, this Billfold article describes the author’s love for reading and the very different distinction between the kind of book she’d purchase on her Kindle, and the kind she buys in fleshy, pulpy, delicious and inconvenient paper. I live for reading, whether digitally or in a honest-to-goodness book/magazine, so it’s heartening to read these stories.

Leftover Women – Meanwhile over at The Hairpin… We are all aware of the large gap between women and men in China, and the bachelor society that is developing as a result. But are you aware that women in their late twenties and older are described as ‘Leftover Women’? See what this author discovers while living with two very different cousins in Beijing.

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And to end things on a high note, Tina, Amy, and the Female F-ckup: A Filmography identifies some of the best films that feature a female fuckup protagonist, and unsurprisingly, many of them are my favourite films!

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