This month was a bit of a struggle. Mostly because it was saturated with longform on two topics I didn’t want to read – Gilmore Girls and the election. Here’s the thing, I love Gilmore Girls and politics, in fact some might say they’re my two great loves. But for similar reasons I just didn’t want to read anymore about either. I’ve loved Gilmore Girls since I was about 10 and didn’t feel like anyone had anything left to add on the topic. As far as the election goes, I didn’t feel like the think pieces directly after the results had anything to add that would add new perspective.
So you’re in luck, this post is totally Gilmore and Election free. Just some compelling longform from November that I’ve found otherwise.
This piece is the most important, it’s why I put it first. It has caused a deep moral conflict within me. A movie that is likely going to be up for a lot of Oscars this year has a lead actor accused several times over of disturbing sexual assault. Every year I make sure to see every movie nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and I try to see the Best Actor and Actress movies as well, if they differ from Best Picture. But, I, as a matter of principle, do not see movies that have known involvement from major people involved in the production who have committed sexual assault. So I’m at a crossroads. I most likely will not be seeing this movie, and I urge you to read this piece and decide whether a movie is really worth supporting this.
The Harry Potter Fandom is at a Crossroads by Alanna Bennett
This piece echoes something I have been feeling a lot lately, how far am I, as a fan, willing to be pushed before I walk away from something I love? JK. Rowling has been pushing her luck almost as far as she can. How many people will fall and how much longer until it happens?
World Gone Made: People Pay $1,500 for Furry Purse Pets by Kim Bhasin and Sarah Very
You’ve seen them in malls, on street corners, maybe even in your own home. I’m talking of course about those furry key chains. While the one you have might have cost $2 this piece is about the industry that created that trend, how they did it and how they’re selling them for upwards of $1500.
Don’t Cry for Ivanka – Fear Her by Anne Helen Petersen.
All right, so this, on the surface may seem election related, but it’s also kind of not. It’s about a type of person on the whole, whether they be related to the future president of the United States or not. I don’t want to give everything away but let’s just say… your jokes about “get out while you still can” are for not, Ivanka is exactly where she wants to be.
Petersen is also quickly becoming one of my favourite writers, everything she wrote in the wake of the election was beautiful and worth perusing.
What is America so Afraid of by Bim Adewunmi
To a Canadian, like me, the number of guns in the United States is mildly terrifying, so why do they need them, why are they arming themselves and what are they so afraid of for godssakes? And how does it feel to go to a small almost all white town filled with guns when you don’t fit it?
If you want to know how a YouTube star operates on a day-to-day basis this is your chance to find out. Most coverage of YouTubers is degrading, belittling and bemused at best. This is a piece that truly looks at Burr as the business woman she is, considers her potential and actually gives you a view into what her career is like. Definitely worth a read.
You probably get those emails all the time of people claiming to be a Nigerian prince needing money. But often they’re much more clever, and a lot more emotionally manipulative than that. This piece examines those manipulations and how it feels to be one of the victims.
People often look at single mothers with pity, they are at a disadvantage. But this piece argues that maybe being a single mother is actually better than other people know and really maybe even better than being married. It’s nice to have a new perspective single motherhood.
Why Tila Tequila’s Jew Hatred is so Disturbing by Phoebe Maltz Bovy
Remember Tila Tequila? The woman from the MTV show “A Shot at Love” well apparently now she’s a Nazi and to boot she thinks that she is bringing much welcome “diversity” to their ranks. It’s confusing, I still don’t get it but this piece made it a little bit more digestible.
As a side note, I can’t believe I’ve never had a piece by Phoebe Maltz Bovy in my best longform before, she’s amazing. Well she will certainly be on it in the future. Check her out.
How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study by Sapna Maheshwari
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot recently about the fake news and it’s affect on the election and on other countries. But how does that actually happen? This NTY piece will give you a better idea.
How Simple is That: At Home With Ina Garten by Sandra Allen
I grew up watching Ina Garten with my mom on the Food Network, seeing her books on our shelves. She was a staple. This piece provides you with an unprecedented amount of access to the woman herself and also gives you an interesting perspective, one that I never considered. Like the fact that Garten really can’t cook any other food but western cuisine.
That’s it for this month’s best longform. I will see you all back here on Monday. In the mean time, tell me what longform you read and enjoyed this month in the comments below! Or what you hated? I’d love to hear it all.
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