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 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.