1| Apparently Thor: Ragnorak is going for a 90s punk aesthetic, and I am HERE. FOR. IT. (Especially sexy blue-eyelinered Jeff Goldblum.)
2| I’ve always loved Spike, but now I love James Marsters for his beautifully compassionate discussion about that horrific rape attempt in season 6 of Buffy.
3| Full disclosure: I haven’t read this yet, but it’s Soft Professor Chris Evans talking about how much he hates ne0-Nazis, so I have a hard time believing it’s not worth reccing.
1| How should you spend your time on the Internet? Reading someone’s term paper entitled Mythical Hero versus the Modern Heroine: The Female Hero in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games! It’s got cool comparisons of Katniss to Theseus and Atalanta as well as a really delightful argument in favor of androgynous heroes with both feminine and masculine abilities.
1| If you can’t travel as often or as diversely as you’d like, all hope is not lost! This article does a beautiful job of suggesting ways to bring the world to you.
2| President Obama surprised Joe Biden by giving him a Medal of Freedom, and I legitimately cried.
1| Carrie Fisher was an amazing woman, and these 19 tweets complied by Buzzfeed honor her perfectly.
2| Being “home” this month made me especially thrilled to read the Travelettes piece on the pros and cons of feeling at home, nodding furiously at everything they said.
3| The best surprise!
1| There is nothing I love more than grown men giggling helplessly. This video goes in my “Keep in Case of Sadness” mental category.
1| There is a large part of me that wants to ignore the fact that Johnny Depp abused Amber Heard, but that is a disservice to her experience. I’m grateful that she’s speaking out and encouraging other women who are silenced by self-shame to escape dangerous relationships.
2| Did that last video depress you? Cheer up with this AMAZING mashup of Hamilton and Beyonce songs. These people are astoundingly talented.
3| I love this woman and everything she stands for.
4| Alexander Hamilton Drunk History!! Does anyone know how I can watch the whole episode?
1| This is exactly the kind of thinking that goes through my own head on a regular cat-cuddling day.
1| I didn’t need more evidence that Lin-Manuel Miranda is the world’s cutiest pie, but the world delivered this adorable family video anyway.
2| FINALLY the first full-length trailer of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. I am very optimistic!
1| My vacation in Slovenia was one of my favorite trips this year, and this couple’s blog post has GORGEOUS pictures of some of my favorite destinations!
2| NomadicMatt is one of my favorite travel bloggers, and I love this piece he did about pursuing your life’s passion.
But I don’t buy into the idea that “you can find your passion” by sitting down with a pen and paper and thinking, “OK, I’m going to write down my passion and just do that.”
I think you stumble onto your passion.
You go out and live life and then realize: “this is the thing that lights my fire the most.”
1| WOW. Paulette Perhach tells an all-too-possible story that immediately convinced me to start an FU Fund (yes, that stands for what you think it does). Women! Start a savings account! Don’t let your need for money keep you in a job or relationship that is harmful to you.
2| My former Baptist pastor posted a link to this blog about why people are leaving the Baptist denomination, and I totally agree.
3| I’m in love with this guy’s story. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s late in life, a label which helped him appreciate his obsession with building adorable walkways and hideaways for his four pet cats.