Smart Reads: TV Writing, Dead Patriarchies, and Happiness vs. the Internet

Every once in a while I’ll be posting the stories and articles on the web that have piqued my interest, either because of their content or their spot-on writing. Since this is the first of many Smart Reads posts, there may be a couple links to dated (by today’s ADHD internet standards) pieces I’m catching up on. I’ve already mentioned my favorite internet writers, so you may see them quite a bit, but I’m also trying to expand my web-ertoire, if you will. Follow me on Twitter and send me fun stuff!

  • Mark Blankenship continues his hilarious venture into the fantasy genre, picking apart entire chunks of Game of Thrones. His euphoric TV-watching relationship with Daenerys perfectly voices the way I’ve always felt about her on the show.
  • The Atlantic has a straight-forward rundown of the most anticipated TV shows and movies of this fall. Its emphasis on rave reviews has convinced me we’re in for an excellent award season.
  • Homeland fans: Maureen Ryan has yet another thoughtful piece of television philosophy, pointing out the intriguing crossroads at which Homeland has found itself going into season 3. There’s also a great interview with producer Alex Gansa that reveals just enough about the coming season to make me vow to watch every episode as it airs.
  • Kat Stoeffel over at NYMag’s fabulous fashion blog The Cut has a snarky response to Hanna Rosin’s viral assertion that the patriarchy is dead. If you’re a feminist of any kind, it’s worth going through some of the ridiculous links in Stoeffel’s list.
  • Ryan O’Connell, the master of embarrassing, eloquent introspection, continues to explore shame and self-identity in an article that seems to draw upon all his previous ones about being in your 20s and getting out of your own way.
  • Rolling Stone talks to Matt Groening about his favorite moments from Futurama, which looks to be ending for good this time. Maybe it’s just because of my own devotion to that show’s style of humor, but I loved reliving many of those moments.
  • The New Yorker’s account of Facebook’s effects on our emotional health is an absolute must-read. Not only is social media psychology a fascinating and increasingly relevant issue, “the alienating nature of the Internet” has never been so plainly illustrated as a self-perpetuating cultural psychosis – and mostly a worrying one. If you can focus your attention long enough, go learn about the war for attention that is our Internet age.
  • I know this was a while ago, but Linda Holmes’ thesis statement on the seven ways to recap television shows should be textbook material for pop culture writers. It also contains so many links to some of the best recappers/journalists on the internet.
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