March always seems like such a LONG month. But I love it because it’s my birthday month. Anyways a long month means lots of time for me to gather longform options. This month has certainly been an interesting one. I’ve been actively trying to search out new sources for longform to mix it up a bit more.
I read a lot of tech and entertainment news for work so I tend to stumble across that more easily so I apologize if my posts tend to skew that way. Hopefully you enjoy this month. Let me know your favourites in the comments!
There’s more than one way to dress for Disney by Stephie Grob Plante
It’s fairly well known that in Disney you can’t wear costumes if you’re an adult. But dressing up for Disney is part of the fun. This article talks about all of the different ways people dress up (including Disney bounding of course) and it explains everything. Also some amazing Instagram accounts that I now follow. Have I mentioned I’m craving a Disney trip?
Have you been watching Feud? I’ve really loved it and I can’t wait to see what happens in future seasons. This pieces makes some excellent points about how the thesis of the show is even more poignant. At the time that Bette Davis and Joan Crawford were fighting over roles (because there weren’t many) and now it’s happening again. There doesn’t seem to be that many roles for women on the big screen. It’s an interesting piece and gives you some insight into the show.
In Defense of Celebrity Feminism by Zan Romanoff
Before you look at that headline and leave me angry comments – read the piece. It makes some really interesting points about how no matter what celebrities said about feminism we’d be critical. It’s not “at least they’re trying”, trust me this piece brings up some good points.
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Creating Black Superheroes by George Gene Gustines
The headline is mostly self-explanatory. It’s an interview of Ta-Nehisi Coates (who I’m a really big fan of) about the Black Panther comic book series and how he’s handing the series off to others – including Roxane Gay!! It’s a quicker read than the others because of the Q&A format but very interesting.
Who’s Behind the Flurry of Influencer-Backed Beauty Brands? by Hayley Phelan
Ever wanted a look behind how influencers (including Kylie Jenner) make those products that sell out in seconds? They’re not making them with big brands. Companies have popped up and figured out how to fill this niche of creating the exact products influencers want to make and their fans want to buy.
There really isn’t enough discussion about postpartum depression but it is incredibly common and needs to be something we discuss. The bravery it would have taken Chrissy Teigen to open up and tell the world about her struggle is incredible. I implore you to read it and talk about it with your friends. Help break down the stigma. Also remember pre-partum depression is a thing too! Not everyone feels glowy and perfect during pregnancy.
The fate of the critic in the clickbait age by Alex Ross
There have been a few pieces around this topic. What exactly is the role of the critic in this age? Do people still care? I’d argue that people care more, but there are less and less critics. This piece discusses that and wonders where they’ve gone.
The IOU by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Okay this is quite off from what I normally put in here but the New Yorker just published a never before published piece of fiction by THE F. Scott Fitzgerald. It’s beautiful and a real gift that we get to read it.
The Year of Living Publicly by Jada Yuan
An incredibly rare celebrity profile. You can tell how not used to major press Jenny Slate is because she is completely vulnerable and trusting of this writer – but she also might just be like that, and she certainly expresses them. I’m wowed by how vulnerable she is in this piece. That seems to be the theme this month – vulnerability.
As a Canadian the Queen’s death does actually have some ripple affects on how our country will run. It will change things like portraits in our government buildings, money and more. It may seem small but I’ve never been alive for another ruler – neither have my parents. Her death will change our country and several across the world. So of course there are plans in place, and they’re fascinating.
Inside the Celebrity Circle of Secret Hell by Kelly Conaboy
Ever noticed how tabloid covers will often claim that women are living through their own “secret hell” this piece looks at what that really means. It’s quite jokey and isn’t afraid to make fun of tabloid editors that are interviewed in it. It’s the most fun piece of any of these.
I don’t know if I can write a description that will do this piece justice but I’ll try. It’s a heartbreaking piece about what Irish women have to go through to cross into the UK to get an abortion since they’re still illegal in Ireland. There are twelve in this piece and they’ll stick with me for a long time.
How I Let Disney Track My Every Move by Adam Clark Estes
We started with Disney so let’s finish off with Disney. If you haven’t been in the past couple of years you might not know that Disney now gives you essentially a tracker bracelet for around the park. This writer talks to Disney and a hacker about what those bracelets are actually doing and how well it is to hack them and steal your personal information (disclaimer: very easy).