Hi there, I have quite a few new readers and this is the first post of this year’s longform series so I thought I’d explain myself again. Throughout the month I’m always reading – lots of articles for work to glean my own inspiration but also lots of well written pieces for fun. It seemed a shame to keep all of my favourites to myself. So I started compiling all of my favourite longform articles and sharing them on the first Friday of the next month. So here we are in February and it’s time again.
As always I’d love to know what you’ve been loving so share your suggestions in the comments! And I keep hinting at this but I’ve got so many fun things coming up including, an entire Valentines week of content (next week!) so follow me on social media so you don’t miss out.
The Peril’s of Being the People’s Critic by Matt Buchanan
I’m a secret closet foodie. Secret and closet because I’m never going to tell anyone (except you guys) for fear of snobbery and people telling me that when I eat mashed potatoes on the couch it means I can’t possibly appreciate food. But my brother is a chef and I follow the food scene pretty closely. This means I’ve been quite aware of Pete Wells, NYT’s food critic for awhile. There was a lot of drama that happened with him last year and it’s a fascinating piece about his role in the food world and how seriously he takes handing out those stars that make or break careers.
Do you like reading about crazy people? If you do then oh boy is this the story for you. Essentially it’s about this man who made a lot of money through kind of sketchy ways and now does really eccentric things. I kept saying ‘people really do that?!’ to myself throughout.
The True Story of My Teenage Dirtbag Fight Club by Isaac Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald is the books editor at BuzzFeed and one of my favourite people to follow on twitter. But this piece kind of came out of left field. It was a part of the website’s series on things from 1999. The title kind of says it all you just have to read this gripping story of youth and the search to follow a story in not the way it was intended.
Watching HGTV at the End of the World by Richard Lawson
There’s been a lot of talk about escapism lately (for the record my escapism is reality shows specifically the Bachelor and Top Chef) as people are stressed about the political landscape. Lawson discusses the HGTV as a version of escapism and how intense shows feel less appealing right now. I couldn’t agree more. It’s a beautiful description of how House Hunters might actually be helping people.
Dear Victoria: Mrs Beckham Pens A Letter To Her 18-Year-Old Self by Victoria Beckham
It’s what it sounds like but it’s a poetic look back at the life of a woman who has been in the spotlight for so long. She talks about self-doubt, body image and marriage, all the things you’d probably talk about in a letter to your 18-year-old self. But it just means so much more coming from her.
This is what it’s like to live in a village without contraception by Corinne Redford
While there’s a lot of talk about women’s reproductive choices in North America right now I think that sometimes people forget that it’s an issue all over the world but can be even worse. (I’m not saying you shouldn’t be upset about what’s happening in the USA, you should). So a writer from Marie Claire travelled to a country in West Africa and talked to women whose social standing was determined based on the number of children they are about birth control.
I would bet that most people who watch the Golden Globes have no idea where they actually take place. I was fascinated to learn where they take place and all of the history behind it. What can I say? I’m an award season junkie. But this hotel has so much history that you’ll be sucked in.
Listen, Hollywood has a white people problem, as in there are too many of them in movies. When was the last time you saw an Asian person in a movie? If you came up with one were they the lead or the side character? Well Disney is really into remaking movies right now and that could mean a whole lot of Asian leads. This piece reflects back on Hollywood’s issue of white washing and some actors hopes for the future.
The Myth of the Well-Behaved Women’s March by Jess Zimmerman
Wasn’t it so nice how everyone marched in Washington recently and it for the most part was peaceful, without an outbreak of violence and massive police brutality and arrests? That’s because they were women… errr wait what? That doesn’t make any sense, but I kept seeing similar statements to that all over social media following the Women’s March. This piece breaks down how the push for women’s rights has not been peaceful it has always been a struggle. So why are they so peaceful? Honestly it’s a little condescending.
Ezra Levant: The Rebel’s unrepentant commander by Jason Markusoff
Canadians are not immune to the problems of our southern neighbours. We have no right to be smug. If you want an example look at Ezra Levant, it’s astonishing to me how many Canadians don’t know who he is or say we have no Breitbart equivalent… we do and let me introduce you to him. You should know about this.
Snow Washing: Canada is the world’s newest tax haven by Robert Cribb & Marco Chown Oved
Sigh. Canada we’ve got problems. Honestly I was surprised not to hear more people talking about this after the news broke. Every sentence of this first part of the series is shocking and well reported. We’re essentially a tax haven but no one looks at us that way, read on.
Paris Jackson: Life After Neverland by Brian Hiatt
This poor girl. She’s been through so much and I’m so impressed with the way she has started taking back control and creating her own narrative. This stirred up a lot of conversation and drama, if you want to be caught up on what everyone is talking about I suggest you check it out.
The Hollywood List Everyone Wants to be On by Alex Wagner
In the mysterious world of hollywood it’s mostly sequels and superhero movies that are getting made lately but there’s one other way to get your movie noticed and made… it’s called the Black List. It’s a survey where industry professionals rank their favourite scripts they’ve read that year and everyone takes it very seriously. It launches careers and leads people to winning Oscars. And you need to know more.
Step Inside the Youtube-Fueled, Teenaged Extravaganza that is Beautycon by Jamie Lauren Keiles
Have you heard of Beautycon? If not you probably don’t watch a lot of YouTube because every well-known beauty tuber basically is going. This looks at the crazy festival and how it came to be and then exploded from YouTube but also how the life of a beauty guru on YouTube even works.
America is Afraid of Ambitious Women, Even on TV by Angelica Jade Bastien
There are so many more women led shows now than there ever used to and they aren’t just mothers, they have high-powered jobs that include doctor, lawyer, running the country behind the scenes. Women on TV are killing it. But… and here’s a bit but, all of these powerful and strong women on TV? They all have tragic back stories that make them just a bit more weak and brought down a level. You are only allowed to be a powerful antihero on TV if you also are secretly tragic. This piece is so well written and brings up so many good points I never even considered when watching my favourite shows.