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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag.


Clare


Daisy Ridley may not be our next Tomb Raider, but she has been cast in The Lost Wife, a World War II drama.

➝ The loss of both David Bowie and Prince in the first half of 2016 means that we’ve been talking a lot about musical genius lately. Teresa Jusino at The Mary Sue looks at the gendered use of the term in context of Beyoncé’s "Lemonade."

➝ Hey, Georgia and Georgia-adjacent kids: the first Fried Pie Con will be held on May 28th at Kennesaw’s 2nd and Charles used bookstore! It’s being organized by 2nd and Charles, Fried Pie Comics, and Oni Press, and it's COMPLETELY FREE to attend!

➝ At Vulture, Kyle Buchanan looks at the troubling trend of casting actors of color as aliens in big budget speculative fiction film.

Hulu is producing a television adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale starring Elisabeth Moss! Awesome!

➝ To honor Star Trek’s fiftieth anniversary this year, New York’s Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum will be hosting an exhibit called Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience over the summer. The exhibit will be supplemented with cool events, so I know I what I’m doing this summer. ("But Clare, aren’t you basically composed of midichlorians right now?" "I CAN BE BOTH")

Ira


➝ I have been really grooving to the music video for Ingrid Michaelson's Girls Chase Boys, because it's like this one giant fuck you to gender and sexuality norms. There's men in makeup and skirts and tights, women mixed in, people of indeterminate gender, girls chasing girls and boys chasing boys and THE WAY EVERYONE MOVES and basically this is my stop.

Dog and duck are friends
Kitten and owlet are friends
Cat and deer are friends
It's an interspecies friendship trifecta!

➝ Gina Torres is on the tall side, and a lot of productions try to obscure her height, especially relative to her male co-stars. I enjoyed this post about how Suits doesn't disguise her height and in fact plays it up. I'm loving the trend in tall women lately!

➝ Here is a gorgeous photoset of Brooklyn Mack a black principal ballet dancer. He's been helping to break down barriers and change the face of ballet.

➝ NASA put together a stunning set of tourism posters for our solar system. The importance of art in inspiring people to trust in and fund science is immeasurable, and I'm glad NASA recognizes this. The posters can all be downloaded in hi res!

➝ Super stoked about the Ghostbusters Lego set!

➝ Have some more genderfuckey in the form of lipstick on men, courtesy of Tom Ford. I love makeup on men and fully believe makeup should be an equal-opportunity product.

Anti-Semitism continues to be a horrific problem in France, and I've seen very few outlets actually discussing it.
ETA: [personal profile] dhampyresa has pointed out that the linked article is from 2014. Sorry about that! Just a case of poor link vetting. My apologies; tread with caution.

KJ


➝ N.K. Jemisin explains why "damned if you do, damned if you don't" is not actually a legit excuse for poor representation.

You aren't damned if you do; you’re damned if you do badly or in a way that hurts people. You won’t be damned if you don’t think and do research and do all the other things that good writers are supposed to do, but people will probably hesitate to apply the label “good writer” to you. You aren’t even damned -- look, I like a hyperbole as much as the next storyteller, but what we’re talking about here is literary criticism, not the Spanish Inquisition. You will not be subjected to eternal hellfire, or even an internet “hate mob,” if you include a stereotype in your fiction. Have you ever really paid attention to how anti-bigotry shitstorms work? They don’t start simply because somebody fucked up; they start because the person who fucked up doubled down on it or got defensive rather than listening to the critique being offered.


➝ On Vulture, Mark Harris asked why Hollywood doesn't give Melissa McCarthy the respect she deserves. She's a legitimate star, her movies make money, and she's won a Emmy (and received several other nominations, as well as one Oscar nod). So why do critics and culture writers constantly dismiss her? Harris doesn't quite come out and say "because she's fat, female, over forty, and has taken charge of her own career," but it's easy to read between the lines to see what he's getting at. McCarthy's style of comedy isn't usually my thing (although I did enjoy Spy), but she's obviously a Hollywood powerhouse and should be seen as such.

➝ Was the theme of 2015 cinema women breaking out of prison? This article from AV Club makes a good case for it. The primary examples used are Ex Machina, Room, and Mad Max: Fury Road.

The AP Stylebook updates its rules to no longer capitalize the words "internet" and "web", declaring them no longer proper nouns. I stopped capitalizing web years ago (unless I'm spelling out World Wide Web), but lowercase Internet just looks wrong to me. Ah, the inevitability of language drift.
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