At Vox, Emily Van Der Werff writes about antihero dramas, “politically incorrect” comedy and the uneasy stories we live in, tell ourselves and watch. “Much was made in the 1980s of the way that Ronald Reagan styled himself as a cowboy or a war hero, borrowing the tropes […]
Gather round, my friends, and hear the tale of “The Great Flamingo Uprising,” when the flamingos fought back against the horrible geese at the zoo. (Thanks, Mike!)
Friend of the Gutter Colin Smith writes about Spider-Man, Steven Tyler and “comics-related carelessness” at Them Darn Superpeople. “So much of an autobiography’s magic lies in the way in which it beguilingly evokes the past with apparently intimate and accurate details. But once carelessness breaks the spell, a […]
Open Graves, Open Minds has a collection of links about the Yorkshire werewolf, Old Stinker.
Vox looks at a fan conspiracy shipping two members of One Direction: “Most, but not all, ships concern fictional characters, and in many parts of fandom there’s an understanding that if you’re shipping real people, you’re only shipping the idea of them being in a relationship. Often, however, […]
At The Establishment, Katherine Cross writes about robots, gender and Tay the chatbot. “We are being primed by many tech giants to see AI not as a future lifeform, but as an endlessly compliant and pliable, often female, form of free labor, available for sex and for guilt-free […]