January was very long, but here’s what we were reading.
- With winter finally hitting Canada and a few train trips Madeleine W took across it , she kept coming back to this Grantland piece about the Iditarod Dog Trail Sled Race.
- A lot of lists have been circulating, but a clear front runner is The Nitrate Diva’s Film HERstory: 60+ Classic Films Directed by Women (and Where You Can Watch Them).
- But also worth sharing is the 50 Films by Women You Can Watch Online Right Now.
- Anne Boyer’s writing about illness at The Poety Foundation is incredible; Emily loves it all but was particularly floored by this piece.
- Emily also loved this exploration of the causes and implications of giant, spooky forest rings in Northern Ontario.
- A long one, but an important one. Julia’s had countless conversations in private with close friends about many elements touched on by the Sick Woman Theory.
- So many people have gone on about Marie Kondo, to the point where Julia’s initial curiosity has shifted to disdain rather quickly. All of Julia’s shit brings her joy! Fuck you! That said, she found herself very intrigued by the idea of applying that theory to our digital spaces, like how Navneet Alang writes about technology.
- Cassie adds this piece, No Alarms and No Opinions to the list, saying it spoke to her in volumes (and not only because she loves the way Ellena Savage writes). It also compliments Julia’s suggestion (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Newsfeed) in a sweetly coincidental way.
- Kathryn was weirdly captivated by this article about the process the Science Museum of London undertook to arrange their current Cosmonauts exhibit. It’s a really fascinating read about museums and curation that also delves into questions of geopolitics and sociocultural understandings of science and technology (how does the West view the politics and technology of “the other,” what role does an exhibit of this nature play in creating popular understanding/memory of the USSR, etc.)
- Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde is a must read if you haven’t already.
- This review of the (to put it lightly) problematic The Danish Girl by a trans woman goes deep into the language, metaphors, and images of the film to show just how harmful it actually is.
- We also enjoyed What The Dead Can Teach Us About Beauty.
- Here’s filmmaker Frances Bodomo in conversation with writer Adwoa Afful about African sci-fi and being a female filmmaker.
- We love haunted houses, but currently the focus has shifted to spite houses. Here’s a listicle or two, a piece on Plum Island’s Pink House, and 99% Invisible did a podcast about the “holdout” kind of spite houses.
- And finally, this is a very good dog.
What have you been reading? Let us know in the comments!