Cool Stuff Sunday: Extreme Bumper Edition

PALS, it has been a long time since I posted and I AM SORRY you have been deprived so long of my inanities. Anyway, we’re here for the gemstones of the internet, and I have… too many to share, so strap yourselves in:

The Simpsons is like an older brother (by two years if you’re counting): incredibly cool, funny in a way you can never be, and the nostalgia for better days becomes overwhelming after 30.  Recently, Junkee published this sterling piece on the everlasting magic of Marge Simpson and I gotta tell ya, they’re not wrong.

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Continuing the Simpsons theme for a sec: have you joined the Lisa Simpson Book Club? It’s way better than the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge because it has precisely zero Rory Gilmore involvement. There are also only 22 books on the list so far, so it’s a manageable, attainable number of books to read ❤ ❤ ❤

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This year seems to be the year my best friends live MY travel dreams. In February, one of them spent 6 weeks crossing the country of India, and yesterday another landed in Dublin. My jealously is off the charts, so I’ve withheld this list of tips for travelling around Ireland in your 20s because I am absolutely that petty.

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My obsession with anything The Cusp publishes continues in this piece on shaking up your routines in a fun, positive way (as opposed to the shit option? idk).

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This post from The Mary Sue on The Bi Eye was good but also, just because it’s happened once or twice, doesn’t mean we get to not make more bi stories that go beyond two women fucking. And let’s not make them all female bi stories, because HELLO men can be bi as well. I am always invested in female-driven narratives, and never ever want to divert from the goal to get more ladies on screens, but often when women are shown to be bisexual, it’s under the male gaze which doesn’t necessarily touch on the nuance of whatever kind of relationship is being portrayed — a lot of bi babes in film make out because dudes get off on women kissing women, not because is true to the character or the storyline necessarily. And that’s what drives me mental about bi representation in entertainment (and what I have tried to navigate in my screenplay) — being attracted to the same-sex is just as complicated as being attracted to the opposite, but with the added layer of scrutiny by people who’ve got nothing to do with you, your sexuality or your love life. ANYWAY. Good talk.

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Earlier this week, my all-time favourite band released what is very likely their final albumScience Fiction. It’s incredibly hard to choose just one track to highlight below, but TODAY’s top pick is Could Never Be Heaven in all its Morrissey-esque glory.

Can you speak my secret name and fix me? 
Lordgod. I won’t survive if this is the end BUT WHAT AN END.

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Here in Australia, one of the last countries in Western civilisation to embrace marriage equality, we are entering stage two of an unnecessary, costly, voluntary, non-binding, embarrassing postal vote plebiscite on the topic. This week was the deadline to get your name on the electoral roll or update your details, thereby giving you the chance to tell this government what a shitheap it is and how much we value our queer community. Now the campaigns for each side begin. It won’t be pretty, or fair, or respectful like our politicians have promised us. We’ve already seen that. And it will be… unfathomable, the future for queers, if the majority vote against. Thinking about it all now, I genuinely cannot begin to contemplate that outcome. Ugh. No matter the result though, it’s fair to say heterosexuality is not the wave of the future.

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Did you know it’s Romance Awareness Month? Take a look at this excellent bunch of romance authors talking about why exactly romance novels are more than just sex and candy (sorry i hate that song but it just worked okay sue me)

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If you’re feeling a bit shit about the world at the moment (fair!) and you just want to forget for a minute that Nazis are properly back now, head over to Junkee for this A+++++++++ list of feel-good TV shows to dig into. Aside from Gilmore GIrls, I rate pretty much every show mentioned. Get on it.

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Okay one last Simpsons link for the week I swear. Did you know that a woman wrote the first ever episode? The story about why you probably didn’t is annoyingly rooted in sexism in Hollywood (yawn) but also OMG HECK YEAH MIMI POND.

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When I first moved to Sydney six months ago, I spent a lot of time with the TV on whatever tolerable show I could find during moments (/weeks) of homesick/sadness. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the time Food Network won the battle. Particularly when Junior Chopped was on (like I swear to god, eating a burnt cheese toastie while 28 and crying on your mate’s couch while watching 11-year-olds make perfect fluffy souffle’s truly is something). ANYWAY Junior Chopped is hosted by Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri, who happens to be the internet’s arch-nemesis from what I can tell? And after weeks of watching Guy gently and constructively mentor young hopefuls through gruelling rounds of food artistry, I began to wonder why. Looks like I’m not the only one — Shane Torres’ bit on El Fuego is primo:

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This incredible footage of Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner belting out perennial Rob Thomas/Santana classic, Smooth, is absolutely sublime.

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Lastly (because holy heck we’ve covered a lot of ground today, kids), if you’re in need of some personal financial guidance — aren’t we all — check out these six books that might set you on the path to your fortune, or at least not scrimping for the four days before payday.

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Okay so I’m gonna caveat this link with the statement that some of the opinions in this article about self-publishing in order to live as a veritable nomad are laughable (traditional publishing is not dying, you utter bellend), BUT, I read this and felt semi-inspired to get back into my writing projects, so thought I’d share.

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On that, are you looking for more opportunities to spend some time focused on your writing projects? Aerogramme Writers Studio have collated this maaaaaaassive list of writing residencies and fellowships in 2017 from around the globe. BRB, applying for all the things.

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YouTube came the fuck through for me with this UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE Hollywood Reporter roundtable with two of my husbands, Donald Glover and Lin-Manuel Miranda, PLUS Damien Chazelle (of Whiplash and La La Land directorial fame), fierce kween Issa Rae (*dies*) and everyone’s favourite dad, Jon Favreau. Holy HECK this was the best hour of my week BY FAR.

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And lastly for today, over on Junkee, Rebecca Varcoe takes a look at the disparity of experience in the arts. So much of this rings true, but, I don’t know what’s next. Lots to ponder.

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Kicking off today with this blistering piece over on Junkee about just how important intersectional feminism is ❤

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The Urban List has done up a handy (and also Expedia-sponsored) list of tips for when you’re thinking about planning your next trip overseas. Get packing!

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When I was roadtripping around England with my Mum, we stopped in Winchester for a number of reasons. One of them was to glimpse the famed Round Table of the Arthurian Legends, but as luck would have it, The Great Hall was closed the day we passed through. Good job, life. Anyway, if the words “arthurian legends” or “round table” mean nothing to you, The Conversation has enlisted Arthurian scholar Amy Brown to talk us through the basics of the stories.

For good measure, here’s the ridiculous but infinitely watchable trailer for Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur adaptation, set for release in March.

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Are you vaguely terrible with money? Perhaps you’re like me and have almost always none because shitty wage + outrageous cost of living is fucked? Here are eight tips to help you kick your year off right.

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I am literally dying with excitement about these 12 Australian films to catch in 2017. Lion was by far one of the most moving and honest things I’ve ever seen, so I can’t wait to see what else is in store for filmgoers this year.

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I have so much to say about this berserk video, but first and foremost, who puts the world’s saddest musical tunes on a karaoke playlist at a kids party? Shit kicks up a notch at the two minute mark onwards. and then the first second he opens his mouth in the second video. What an absolute killer!

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If there’s ever a week I don’t talk about Hamilton or Lin-Manuel Miranda, please check my vital signs. Anyway, Lin-Manuel did an interview with GQ this month and took a bunch of bangin’ shots and you should go read it because it’s full of great insight about being an artist and a bunch of cute AF Lin stories.

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Being bi-sexual in pop culture (or IRL tbh) is a bit of a bust, because people tend to think you’re confused or must secretly be gay or straight but just have strange commitment issues (yeah, no). The kids over at Junkee mag are doing a shout-out for a couple of new releases that explore the realities of bisexual characters. And considering I’m in the midst of writing a rom-com with a bi protagonist, I AM ALL ABOUT THIS.

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Go check some incredibly beautiful artworks by John Austen, who’s created a suite of pieces based on Shakespearean plays. I’d recommend following the link through to the full gallery ❤

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In celebration of my first week back at uni, please take a look at this guide to determining whether you’re stressed, or experiencing anxiety. I was surprised to learn some of my own symptoms point to the one I wasn’t expecting. Take care of yourselves, babes!

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child came out today! I nearly betrayed my bookstore roots and went to K-Mart to save $20 but how could I betray my OG fandom like that? In any case, I’m 65 pages in, loving it, and also weeping at any and all references to the original HP series. “Best to do it at a run if you’re nervous” absolutely destroyed me, and this is gonna be a tough week both for my emotions and my studies. Whoops. ANYWAY. In the most depressing news to ever find out while mid-Cursed Child, JK Rowling has all but confirmed that this is Harry’s last hurrah.

Please prepare my funeral, because I will actually implode with grief when I close this book.

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YA rom-coms! How does life get any better?! Take a look at these 10 new Australian YA reads and get your god damn mitts on ’em!

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So, the Ghostbusters reboot was super fun, and like so many others I fell deeply in love with Holtzmann, played by Kate McKinnon. This article over on Junkee takes a look at how Sony ‘Dumbledored’ her character, and how queer representation still isn’t where it should be in 2016 (no shit).

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This article needs a solid edit, but YES TO ALL OF THESE REASONS WHy New Zealand is better than Australia. I would live there in a heartbeat, and reading this makes me want to visit again. I miss that peace.

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Writers! Enjoy this great 10 Cool Writing Tips graphic. Simple and smart. DO IT.

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This edition brought to you from rainy Sydney! ❤

Recently, Betty Who released an incredible cover of Donna Lewis’ I Love You Always Forever, and if it was summer, I’d call it my summer jam. But, it’s her first big hit that I have had stuck in my head for 48 hours and I need to make sure all of you do too.

I freaking love everything about this song ❤ ❤ ❤

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Me Before You, both the film and the novel, is copping a swath of heat over the representation of disability at the moment. I could talk a lot here about my opinion after having read the novel last year, but as an able-bodied person, that’s not really my place. So here’s an incredible piece by Naomi Chainey in Junkee, who I think really nails my conflicting emotions.

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Loreena McKennitt is one of my fave musicians. She’s incredibly talented, and her interests go beyond pumping out tunes–she’s obsessed with history and travelling too. I was trawling her website to see if she had any plans to tour Australia/New Zealand any time soon, but instead came across this bloody magnificent piece by travel writing master, William Dalrymple, on writing travel narrative. If you’re interested in travel writing, or writing anything for that matter, you should give this bad boy a read.

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Austen Fight Club. That is all.