Happy St Patrick’s Day, friends! Please have a nice Guinness for me. And make sure you vote in the opening rounds of Fug Madness!
– This essay, by Rakesh Satyal, at Vulture, is so moving: How Beauty and the Beast Made Me the Gay Man I Am Today.
– At Collectors Weekly: When Medieval Monks Couldn’t Cure the Plague, They Launched a Luxe Skincare Line. As you do.
– This will be close to your heart: A court’s decision in a Maine labor dispute hinged on the absence of an Oxford comma. [Quartz]
– At The Guardian, a moving article about a new organization in Jamaica called Tambourine Army, which is fighting back against sexual assault. The name comes from the following: “Early one Sunday in January, a group of women arrived at a church in the rolling, green hills of rural Jamaica. They were not there to worship, but to show support for a young victim of sexual abuse: a 15-year-old girl, who had allegedly been raped by the church’s pastor a few weeks earlier. The 14 activists entered the church and sat in silence, but angry words broke out when they were approached by a different pastor; the confrontation culminated with him being struck in the head by a tambourine.” To which I say: GOOD FOR YOU. [There is a GoFundMe to support this group’s advocacy for women and girls in Jamaica, if you’re interested.])
– An interesting piece on fashion — and the Biltmore Hotel — in Los Angeles in the 20s. [Curbed]
– At Marie Claire: Ballet Has a Sexism Problem—but I’m Fighting Back from the Inside
– At Lainey, the full coverage of the most recent Ben Affleck news (he announced that he had been in rehab). I hope he continues to be well.
– Meh.com is doing the work of heroes, chronicling these Murder She Wrote guest stars who went on to be famous.
– I can only echo Celebitchy here: Jack Huston is suddenly in the running to play James Bond… what??
– At Revelist: Did you know Modcloth has a brick and mortar store now?
– Gonna eat all these carbs. [The New Potato]
– Finally! It turns out that our first YA novel, Spoiled, is super cheap in paperback at Amazon right now — I don’t know how long this will be the case, but it’s currently a mere $4. Just an FYI!