I start every week with a renewed vigor for this weekly feature, and by the time I end the week, I hardly have the energy to finish the post. But I will trudge on and ultimately prevail! Or something. Here are the things that stood out to me this week, in a slightly different format, because I’m lazy.
Please Stop Complaining About Harry Potter (M. Molly Backes)
Backes takes issue with this idea that children’s and young adult literature isn’t real literature, and she’s tired of hearing people blow a lot of hot air about it. It’s definitely worth a read. Also, she’s awesome.
Where Do I Start with Mariah Carey (Slate)
Mariah Carey is definitely a little bit crazy, but that often overshadows her actual accomplishments as an artist. She was a pioneer in the music industry, being one of the first to blend pop music with hip hop, and she should be celebrated as such. This article does a nice job of both taking a critical eye at her latest shenanigans while also celebrating some of her great songs. Be prepared to lose an hour in YouTube music videos, though.
Confidentially Yours: The Banality of the Celebrity Profile, and How it Got That Way (The Believer)
If you like a good celebrity profile (and really, who doesn’t), you might like this piece, which examines the history of celebrity profile journalism, and how we got to where we are today (reverence over dumb, dumb stuff). It’s very interesting and well worth your time.
What Everybody Gets Wrong About Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” (Salon)
A re-examining of Alanis’s greatest song, which is often maligned for its misuse of irony. I still love the song. I loved this essay. Do with it what you will.
What did you read this week that got you thinking?