Epilogue: Living the Bechdel Test

I will be grappling with this polemic from Glenn Kenny about the Bechdel Test and the politics of art for a some time and expect to write a response. While I am thinking, I am curious about an idea implicated by the piece. For how many of you are representational issues a key factor in your decision-making about what you consume? Is there a point at which the lack of female characters or characters of color, or the way certain kinds of characters get treated, will keep you from starting or finishing a book or a television show?

• I did not like “The Goldfinch,” but it does not seem like any great moral or aesthetic crisis that the book got good reviews.

This photo released by Disney shows Angelina Jolie in a scene from the film,
Angelina Jolie in “Maleficent.” (Frank Connor/Associated Press)

• I adore this essay about “Maleficent,” the difference between vengeance and justice, and female power.

• Colson Whitehead on poker.

• Grantland should turn this “Difficult X-Men” piece into a delightful series.

• Since Congress was apparently talking John Dillinger today, read this great David Wagoner poem about the famous bank robber.

• J.K. Rowling’s latest political campaign.

• If you have ever fantasized about a tiny house, this one is very appealing.

Alyssa Rosenberg blogs about pop culture for The Washington Post's Opinions section.
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