It’s that time of the month again! And by that I of course mean it’s time to talk about the best longform articles from last month. One of my favourite posts to put together every month. Although if you thought I meant something else – well talking about periods is important, destigmatize it!
April was an interesting month for longform. I’ve really been trying to search out a larger variety of pieces so I’m not getting the longform from the same sources and on the same topics every month. But I definitely think this month one theme arose – influencers.
I read a fair amount about the entertainment industry for work and a lot about blogging on my spare time but I noticed that the talk about influencers was crossing over into the mainstream. One of my tasks at work involves putting together articles each morning that my publication won’t cover but we think our readers will still be interested in and I was noticing a lot of focus on influencers.
Did I really take the public this long to acknowledge their existence? Either way as the term becomes more and more mainstream an interesting shift is taking place in the blogging world. I think it’s important that you pay attention to it, whether you’re personally invested or not.
I’ve only included one article about influencers because I think it is one of the more important ones. And actually let them speak for themselves.
Another theme I noticed emerging is we – as a society – are having a broader conversation about whiteness and race as a whole. It seems that more white people are taking notice of what their skin colour means, or they aren’t. Either way the articles I’ve included on race are fascinating and I encourage you to read them all.
Don’t worry there’s some lighter more fun topics as well.
My boyfriend isn’t my soulmate he’s my carrot by Erin Chack
I loved this piece so much. It’s an excerpt from Chack’s new book which I really need to buy now. She talks about how she’s only ever dated one person, for ten years though, so she doesn’t feel qualified to give dating advice. But then she tries to anyways. I love this and it touches on a lot of reasons for why I call my partner that instead of boyfriend. Also it’s a beautiful and touching story.
Where are Canada’s Indigenous Restaurants? by Corey Mintz
Canada has always had a pretty cool food scene and it keeps getting better. But for all of our talk of multiculturalism, we forget the one culture that is the most Canadian, our Indigenous people. You can find 1000 different types of food in Toronto but there aren’t any Indigenous restaurants, in fact… I’ve never seen any restaurant with that type of food anywhere ever. The piece is a look at how we ignore this culture and its future in the scene.
The Other Side of Anne of Green Gables by Willa Paskin
More talk of Canadian culture…Anne is back! If you don’t know there’s a new Anne of Green Gables show, it’s already airing in Canada on CBC and is heading to Netflix worldwide. (If you want to see some of Anne of Green Gables you can check out my post on PEI trip last year). The article talks about the struggle of trying to reinvent a classic story and how you risk tarnishing the story but it also could pay off in a big way.
Are we having too much fun? By Megan Garber
We’ve all seen those lists of the best and funniest signs following a protest. Even the ones of woke baby, which are adorable. But they pose a bigger problem. These protests are serious, people are upset about climate change, women losing rights, etc. So why are we making jokes about the issue? To make ourselves feel better? But at what cost. The article talks about the issues of trying to make everything fun.
The Heart of Whiteness: Ijeoma Oluo Interviews Rachel Dolezal, the White Woman Who Identifies as Black By Ijeoma Oluo
I don’t know if I am the right person to explain this article. But you need to read it. Oluo goes and speaks to Rachel Dolezal, remember her? The white woman who was pretending she was black. Oluo goes back in and discusses with her the issue of race. It’s a frustrating but incredibly important piece. You won’t gain any clarity on why Dolezal thinks the way she does but you might gain a little more understanding of why it’s so wrong.
The mastermind behind Coachella by John Seabrook
Ever wondered who started Coachella? Well wonder no more. Seabrook talks to Paul Tollet, the creator, about how he managed to pull it off and convince some of the biggest names in music to flock to a dessert.
Le Cinq, Paris: restaurant review by Jay Rayner
This is probably my favourite piece I read this month. I sent it to so many people and insisted that they HAD to read it. The Guardian’s restaurant reviewer went to an incredibly fancy restaurant to prove that you really do get what you pay for and expensive food is worth something. Instead he got the worst meal anyone has ever had. It is a ruthless review that you will be glad you read.
When a drug epidemic’s victims are white by German Lopez
Have you noticed that we’re in the middle of a drug epidemic but no one is proposing a war on drugs? A lot of that has to do with racial bias and segregation. Lopez looks over the current drug epidemic and compares it with ones in the past and discusses the limitation of human empathy.
Decades later, CSIS’s white supremacy infiltrator tells his story by Jennifer Yang
The headline is pretty self explanatory but if you want to read a wild piece about what an undercover spy’s experience with white supremacy was like then you’ll need to read this. Also he discusses why a lot of what was happening when he was a spy is returning and getting worse. An excellent insider’s perspective.
But, really, why would anyone spend £18 on a single stick? by Megan Nolan
I haven’t really shied away from talking about money on my blog before and I’ve spoken about how important I think it is that we do talk about. Nolan talks about how not having money can make us do odd things. Often we freeze up and end up spending a ridiculous amount just because we’re too afraid to say no.
What “Chewing Gum” And “Jane The Virgin” Teach Us About Virginity by Nichole Perkins
I wasn’t going to write this post without including something about TV. Sexual liberation doesn’t just mean women are able to have sex, it also means we can not have it. Virginity is incredibly important to some people, and there’s nothing wrong with it. The way these two shows deal with the topic in two different but significant ways.
How we earn six-figure salaries by travelling the world by Cartiona Harvey-Jenner
The influencer piece as promised. It seems like the most click-baity of titles but this article actually delivers. It tells you how these two got started on Instagram, how they made it big, and how they continue to sustain this lifestyle. It’s a peak inside the lifestyles of the Instagram rich and famous.
How many times does Nicole Kidman have to prove herself? By Anne Helen Petersen
Have you seen Big Little Lies? If not you need to watch it. It’s an amazing show packed with amazing performances, but Nicole Kidman shines brighter than all of them. Her performance as an abused wife is heartbreaking, nuanced and beautiful. But Kidman has always been giving these kinds of performances and no one takes her seriously. Why does she have to keep proving how amazing she is and why don’t people believe her?
What were your favourite pieces you read in April? I’d love to read some of your favourites and if you have any for May let me know! I’m already starting to put together my list.
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