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Things I’m Reading and Thinking About This Week

These are the things I’ve been thinking about on the Internet this week.  Here we go!

1990 Things From the 90s to End the Nostalgia Once and for All (Huffington Post)

This is list is exhaustive and totally ridiculous.  However, it’s worth a quick look just for, you know, the nostalgia.  And while I get what they’re doing, and what their beef with 90s nostalgia is, I say let it be.  It’ll wear itself out eventually.  Plus the 90s were awesome, so there’s that.  Also worth noting are the comments on this article, because people WILL CUT YOU if you don’t know your 90s trivia.

An Epidemic of Plagiarism in the Indie World (Diana Peterfreund)

If you’ve been following the weird, twisty plagiarism scandals that have been plaguing the book blogging world for the past few months or so, this shouldn’t be news to you.  Author Diana Peterfreund examines the alarming, frustrating trend, and it’s a piece worth examining.  I find myself disgusted by the entire thing and also feeling kind of hopeless.  It doesn’t seem to be slowing down, and though there are some great internet sleuths out there, I also feel like there’s always going to be someone looking to make a quick buck off of someone else’s work.    What do you think?

Vanity, Thy Name is Filmmaker (Slate)

An interesting think piece about a new documentary on HBO this month about a filmmaker who documented her experience getting pregnant as a single parent.  I had heard of the movie before I read this, but it wasn’t until I read this piece and some of the criticisms of it that I decided to watch it.  I’m hoping to catch it this weekend (or at least schedule a recording of it).

What Are Your Book Dealbreakers? (Book Riot)

A fun, thoughtful piece about what issues or topics in books cause you to break up with the book.  Do you hate it when a character is fat and then loses a bunch of weight and becomes super popular?  Do you hate it when rape or sexual assault is treated too casually?  Is it language that you look for in terms of deal-breakers?  Author behavior on social media and the like?  This list covers a range of topics, and it’s definitely worth a read.

What did you read this week?


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