Smart Reads: Sandwiches, Sandwiches, and More Sandwiches

This week in our roundup we’ve got sandwiches, feminism, and a whole lot of glass menageries. Read on:

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  • The Glass Menagerie opened on Broadway last night to nothing but rave reviews. My favorites are Scott Brown’s, Ben Brantley’s, Chris Jones‘, and Elysa Garnder’s, all superb pieces of writing.
  • So I’m on a Jezebel kick, which is great because feminism, and I’m pretty feminism, and feminism yes. And Caity Weaver’s piece “Bitch, Make Me 300 Sandwiches, Orders Beautiful Woman’s Boyfriend” had me laughing out loud, both at the sheer ridiculousness of a woman sandwich-making her way to a wedding ring, and at Weaver’s justifiably outraged tone.
  • There’s also been quite a lot of coverage at Jezebel of the lack of diversity among models in Fashion Week. While this is certainly one of many industries with this problem, it’s nice to see a fair amount of internet discussion about it. Rick Owens’ Paris show, which used members of a step dance team to show off his “luxury goth” looks, is doing a pretty great job of promoting diversity in fashion. Other designers should really follow his lead (the dancing has gone viral, so his designs have too) and champion the cause.
  • Ashley Parker wrote a piece about characters from HBO’s Veep creeping into real-life Washington D.C. parlance. Now can we make “Jonad” a thing?
  • I know it’s not cool to admit right now, but I’m a Breaking Bad virgin. The other day I sat down to watch the pilot to understand maybe a fraction of what all the fuss is about. The series finale airs on Sunday, and the internet is of course poised to explode. I’m having major FOMO. But having seen the pilot, NPR’s article about point of view and film’s ability to manipulate the viewer resonated with me – I really was rooting for that schlub in the green shirt with the gun down his tighty-whities. Vulture also has a quick spoilerific summary of the entire series, so at this point, oh well.
  • Lastly, I’ve posted every piece of theater criticism I’ve ever written under “The Reviews” tab above (orĀ https://jacksmartreviews.com/reviews/) Many of them were scribbled during my studies in London, at the very beginning of my burgeoning writing career, and therefore are a little rough around the edges. Of course, my review of The Glass Menagerie can be seen on playstosee.com and here.
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