If you came back to the blog hoping for another travel post I’m sorry! They’re not over. I have three more cities to talk about from the US roadtrip and then a special Canadian one from a little trip I’m taking this weekend.
But in the meantime I thought I’d break it up by telling you about some amazing articles from July. Even though the month was filled with travel I did manage to squeeze in lots of long form reading. I think summer is always the time for some fluffier pieces so there’s a bit less hard news this month.
Also, this is officially one year of me making these posts every month! Thank you for showing them so much love, it makes my day when people tell me they love them.
Now on with what you should be reading this month!
I loved this piece because it was equally fun and heartbreaking. I thought that it would be a story of transformation – talking about how she outgrew her lack of confidence. But it’s not. Despite everything you see on screen in who she plays on screen Gilpin still struggles with self confidence. I admire her for sharing her story.
Andy Serkis, Caesar the Ape, Has a Message for the Academy by Roslyn Sulcas
He has played some of the most iconic roles in cinema – but you definitely have no idea what he looks like. Serkis is a master of CGI motion capture, so he plays the famous roles of Gollum from Lord of the Rings and Caesar the Ape but you don’t see his face. That doesn’t mean he’s doing any less acting, so he is questioning why no one from the Academy ever even considers him or actors like him for awards.
Have you asked Idris Elba about James Bond lately? By Maximillian Potter
All right I have to admit it – I have a big crush on Idris Elba and this profile only made that deeper. What a bright, kind, positive person. Essentially this is just a glowing review of a person.
How to Sell a Billion-Dollar Myth Like a French Girl by Eliza Brooke
Every fashion, perfume, skincare and makeup company is built on this idea that we all want to be the perfect French Girl. But here’s the problem – the person these brands are describing doesn’t exist. French women are not really like this. They don’t wear those clothes or smell like that or put on that makeup. And yet we continue to all buy into it? Why is that?
Home is a Cup of Tea by Candace Rose Rardon
This piece is totally different – it’s told mostly through illustrations with some drawn words. It’s about finding a home and how long do you have to live in a place before you can say you’ve lived there. All feelings I deeply relate to as someone who has moved around a lot in the past couple of years.
When athletes gotta go … where do they go? by David Fleming
Honestly something I had truly never thought of before. I used to be a competitive figure skater but you’re on the ice for such a short period of time it was never an issue. When I played field hockey in high school you just held it… I guess? This story takes some strange and funny twists.
Instagram is pushing restaurants to be kitschy, colorful, and irresistible to photographers by Casey Newton
In contrast to the last one… I’ve thought about this a lot. With so many new restaurants in Toronto opening all the time how do I find out about new ones? There’s a few news sites that dub “the best new restaurants” or “Best patios for summer” but mostly Instagram. And there’s a certain aesthetic of restaurant people are more likely to share so it’s the one that people then go to and sticks around to thrive. Interesting how social media has changed the look of restaurants.
Hollywood’s box-office woes, is the industry aiming too narrowly at men? by Steven Zeitcheck
Women make up 50% of the population (sometimes more) but you see very little of us represented in leading screen roles. I’m sure you’ve heard this many times before. But this analysis looks at the affect on the box office and says it may not just be sequel fatigue causing a summer slump.
The Toronto Star has put together a beautiful and incredibly upsetting series on FGM. There’s not much I can say to make it sound enticing but I do think it’s important work and you should look at how this practice affects those in North America.
A Team of Their Own by Jessica Luther
Listen, I’m tired of the only thing people talk about in relation to women and baseball is League of Their Own. These girls are trying to change that, they don’t want to just be good, they already are good, now they want to join the MLB.
That’s it for this month – hopefully something caught your eye and there’s something you’re interested in reading. Let me know which is your favourite, and as always if you have any longer pieces you’ve been loving please do share them!
There’s another travel post coming later this week and I am finally not going anywhere so will have a lot more time to focus on the blog. Hopefully lots more content coming your way. In the meantime don’t forget to follow me on bloglovin’