Cool Stuff Sunday: Christmas edition

Look, I really hate Christmas, so let’s get this shit out of the way alright? Merry whatever-you-celebrate (it’s Festivus for me if you’re wondering). Now, let’s get down to some bizness.

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Did my annual rewatch of Love, Actually on Friday night, and in amongst yelling at the terrible parts (since when is ‘telling the truth at Christmas’ a thing?! IT’S NOT, EVERYONE SHUTUP!) I found this amazingly funny piece on Pajiba about the many many workplace issues that arise throughout. Take these fuckers to HR!

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As a lover of Emily Brontë’s works–both poetry and prose–I am always fascinated by the mystery surrounding who she really was. Having visited the Brontë parsonage back in 2007, and being in the beautiful surroundings of Haworth, it’s easy to see how someone could get lost in their own stories there. As such, I’m very happy to report there’s a new narrative about the life of the Brontë sisters on BBC One this Christmas, which delves into the period when all three were working on their first novels. Will have to find a way to watch all the way down here in Australia!

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Feminism + books = ❤ ❤ ❤

I’m very excited to read every single book on this list (and I highly, HIGHLY recommend Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar, because it is a fucking treasure of a book, and so is she).

So get your hands on some incredible writing about feminism by incredible feminists and get educated!

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If you’ve got some time off for the Christmas/New Year period this week, why not spend some of your time with one (or more!) of these fascinating documentaries? Head back to work in January and amaze your coworkers with your intimate knowledge about the enigmatic Rodriguez, or the deeply troubling revolution in Egypt, or Cuba or the Ukraine. At least then you won’t have to talk about your homophobic uncle, right?

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Letters to Santa by Shakespeare characters sounds like the best and worst thing I’ve ever heard, but here we are and I am happy to confirm they are soooooo worth reading. I think my fave is probably Hamlet’s letter, but tbh that’s most likely to reflect my dark as fuck disposition currently. R&J and Puck also rate mentions ❤ Cheers McSweeneys!

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I am a HUGE fan of Dev Patel, and have been since falling madly in love with his character, Anwar, in Skins. His latest feature, Lion, is due for release in about a month here in Australia, and I am basically clawing my skin off with the anticipation.  Anyway, here’s an adorable as all get out interview with Dev in GQ. Also that plaid suit *hearteyes*

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As we head into a new year, and a fafillion New Years Resolutions flood your social media feeds, take a squiz at this excellent piece over at The Cusp on how to kickstart your drive and motivation. If you feel like you’re trudging over the finish line of 2016 and need some simple guidance to getting your mojo back, click the link click the link click the link.

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Right. I’m off to air my grievances. Happy Sunday!

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Get yourself some life lessons by the women of Jane Austen over at Verily. All awesome and true.

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I’ve always been rather intrigued by Arthur Amon’s theory of love. He posits that if you ask these 36 questions to a complete stranger–or someone you fancy a bit–and then stare into their eyes for four minutes (…………………………. that seems unnecessarily lengthy), then you’re pretty likely to fall in love. Looking at the questions, they seem like the kinds of things you’d share with someone you’re in a relationship over time, so it’s actually just the Express Lane version of intimacy. Anyway. Spotted this successful crash test of the theory, and was spurred on to find out the success rate of the 36. Find some other interesting results here, here and here. This one is probably my fave, but this was a punch to the feels.

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I am a massive massive fan of Daniels’ bloody insane film, Swiss Army Man, and a fan of Daniel Radcliffe (how can a HP fanatic not be tho??). It’s really cool to listen to DanRad chat to The Empire Film Podcast about his prep for playing corpse bride, Manny; his general excellence in stunts; and amazing insight into his own progression as an actor since the Potter films (special mention to Kill Your Darlings and Horns!). I’m also now super pumped to see Imperium and #thesweatyrevenant???????????????????? BIZARRE. Go listen.

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It wouldn’t be a Cool Stuff Sunday without a Shakey reference, so head on over to McSweeneys for this ~amazing~ list of The Housewives of Shakespeare Tag Lines. Short and sweet!

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Yesterday I watched this heart-stopping short film, Borrowed Time. Set aside 6 minutes and do yourself a favour.

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And to round off the afternoon, here are 13 great questions to kick around at your next book club session.

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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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COOL SHAKESPEARE VIDEO. ’nuff said.

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Over at Writer’s Bloc, Elizabeth Flux talks about writer bios, and how to un-train yourself from the bad habits we all get into in attempting to not look/be arrogant about our achievements.

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More adaptations you say? UNPOSSIBLE. And yet, here by the grace of SBS is another 20+-item list of pages coming to life onscreen in the near future. YES PLEASE.

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TRAILER TIIIIIIIME. I would like to marry any and all leads thanks.

UMMMM considering how kickass the teaser trailer was, I am now beyond help about this series.

 

*cries* *dies* *repeat for infinity*
I don’t quite have the words to express my feelings about every single thing about Atlanta. I just need September 6 to hurry up.

 

This is up on Netflix but I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet and I’m practically crying every second that passes that I haven’t seen it. SO YOU’RE ALL GONNA WATCH THE TRAILER AND LIKE IT OKAY? (plus also omg my husband Shameik Moore from Dope! *more crying/dying*)

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Adaptations are probably my most favourite thing in the world. They combine one cool thing with another, eg books with film or television, and music underneath. There’s probably nothing better to me than a truly wondrous adaptation (some greats that spring to mind are Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility and Life of Pi, Philip Martin’s Birdsong, and of course, HBO’s Game of Thrones–read the book and then tell me the first season isn’t infinitely better). There are a billion others worthy of love, and B&P have released a list of adaptations coming in 2016 to look out for. Yaaaaaassss.

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Grammarly is one of my fave grammar resources, and recently they posted a quick bit about the phrase ‘bad rap’, which is often confused (by me and a whole bunch of you) with ‘bad wrap’. Anyway, I was v excited for the clarification, so go and get learned.

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Speaking of raps, a video is doing the rounds on my FB after the #Brexit vote of British rapper/amazing human being Akala–whom you may remember from the TedX talk I posted recently about Shakespeare & hip hop. He appeared on Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy in 2015, and gave this incredible response to the question of racism in Britain.

You can find the full segment on YouTube.

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Lastly, on this cold but kinda nice Sunday, we need to talk about M.I.L.F.$ by Fergie. Here it is if you haven’t seen/heard it. Prepare yourself.

So. I mean. Like. Just. Dang. This is the most ridiculous song I’ve ever heard or seen a video for but I straight up love it. I don’t know what it is. Babes being babes? Celebrating (albeit in the strangest way possible) motherhood and still being ridic hot? Chrissy Teigen (my kween) just being in it? Hugely styled everything? Terrible choreography? Spelling out every word in the second verse? Fergie’s comeback? I don’t even know but I am so ready for this ridiculous album to drop.