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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.


1. Rebecca Pahle asks the film industry to just. Stop. With Johnny Depp. It’s over.

2. Jess Plummer responds to Marvel’s request that fans pay up for Secret Empire without criticising it with the measured vitriol it deserves.

3. Nick Hanover at Loser City points out that Marvel’s messaging around Secret Empire is going to be remembered much more than how the story actually ends.

4. I cannot get over our new Spiderman Tom Holland doing "Umbrella". It brings me joy. He’s so game and that halter top is very flattering on him. Well done.

5. Game developer Joffe shares how watching The Kids in the Hall was part of her queer education growing up, thanks to the nuanced comedy of out gay comedian Scott Thompson. Thompson recently retweeted this, which was kind of beautiful.

6. Maisie Williams’ casting as Wolfsbane in the upcoming New Mutants film is both obvious and wonderful.

7. Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness has been optioned by Critical Content for a limited run television series. This is exciting not only because more feminist science fiction is being brought to the screen, but also because it offers an opportunity to update The Left Hand of Darkness beyond its 1960s understanding of gender. I really hope a gender diverse cast and crew brings it life; it’d be a wonderful opportunity.


8. Scaachi Koul talks about the willingness of prominent Canadian journalists to fund a literary Appropriation Prize in On Glibness and Diversity in Canadian Media.

9. Our Lady of Complicity by Laurie Penny skewers Ivanka Trump's supposedly 'feminist' new book. This arrived in our shop & inside I wept so reading Penny's article was a welcome, cathartic experience.

10. Historian Suzannah Lipscombe (who is a freaking goddess just by the way) breaks out facts about women in history to answer Mark Lawson's idiotic recent article in The Guardian about the female characters in Jamestown.

11. Shonda Rhime's new show, Starcrossed, now has a short trailer! The show is going to be a continuation of the story of the feud between the Montague and Capulet families after Romeo and Juliet die.

12. Speaking of trailers, the first The Dark Tower trailer has dropped! Idris Elba is the hero in a new fantasy film! I feel like this is vindication for all the Idris Elba fans who watched Star Trek Beyond. Oh yeah, I'm still really bitter about that.

13. [twitter.com profile] slimejam made Lego for the Thin Ice episode!

P.S. There's was a conversation about River Song cut from Thin Ice. You're welcome.

14. I really enjoyed seeing some of the men of Marvel talk about their sons reactions to them being superheroes.


15. Maybe I shouldn't still be this excited for The Defenders after Iron Fist was such a stinker, but, well, I am. A new trailer dropped recently and I cannot. Wait. August 18th on Netflix.

16. Tor.com kicked off a week dedicated to space opera with a list consisting almost entirely of white male authors. (Ten series, one with a female co-author, no solo female authors and not one author of color.) This is A Problem; Diana shares some good and righteously angry thoughts.

17. So far I've only listened to the first couple of songs from Princess Leia's Stolen Death Star Plans -- a retelling of the Star Wars story set to the entire Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- but it already feels like genius.

18. This comic about alligators and a pumpkin was the best thing I saw all week.

19. One topic I can never leave well enough alone is linguistic and regional differences regarding what people think of as sandwiches. It became a topic of discussion recently on Twitter, so I made a poll. Come participate. For science!


20. This was the summary of the initial fuckery re: Comey & Trump that helped me understand what was going on. Maybe it will be useful to someone else?! This episode of Hellbent was also good (but longer).

21. I disagree with the premise of this article that the internet has been "terrible" for our brains, but I like the exploration of how bad typography via the inclusion of links in an article can change how we focus. Honestly, my tactic is to treat links like endnotes, unless the article explicitly tells me to read a link before continuing. When books have endnotes, I finish the section/chapter and then if I want more information/context I use the links. Am I alone in this?

22. Mieneke reviews The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin.

Jemisin has so much crammed into this novel, that it is impossible to unpack everything in one review. There are commentaries on race, sexuality, and gender, on the realities of being differently abled, of grief, of anger, hope, love, forgiveness, and of sacrificing everything to save the world. This review can’t do The Obelisk Gate justice, but I do hope it has made you curious to discover more of the world of The Broken Earth series and to dive into Jemisin's amazing story.

23. Hunter Harris has written an article about Anastasia's Dimitri that is 400% relevant to my interests.

24. After reading Why Does Mike Huckabee Think He’s Funny?, I am sorry all over again for not getting into politics earlier and working as hard as possible against this toadie so he wouldn't be afflicted on the wider American populace. I promise we're not all ignorant jerkwads in Arkansas.

25. I'm probably not going to be the only person to read this comic (maybe not even the only person in this post), but please read this comic. You can support this artist, too!

26. Via [twitter.com profile] _concinnity, I loved this metafilter comment on health/weight.

27. Is Merriam-Webster your favorite dictionary? Because I might have switched to it because their social media person is a genius.

28. NO, MARVEL. WE’RE OUT OF PATIENCE. — I don't know if the formatting here is accurate or just the way the CSS at BookRiot works, but I'm leaving it like it pasted in for Reasons.

29. Relevant to the interests of both [personal profile] litomnivore and Jenny: NYC Dog Names.


30. I have not read the book this quote is from, but this quote about fanfiction as a source of meaningful fictional sex is pretty great.

31. It hadn't even occured to me to wonder about where the Wonder Women promos were, but I've seen a number of people talking about how there appears to be a bigger marketing push for Justice League (Out in November) than Wonder Woman (Out in... Maybe June?) Here's SyFyWire, Uproxx, and The Mary Sue talking about it in the context of the erasure of female characters from merchandise.

32. AnimeFeminist is talking about a renaissance in josei manga, and as both the target audience of josei manga and a prime example of the audience the article describes, I found this really interesting! I am so glad this trend is changing.

33. An artist painted women in the classic western styles and poses, and it is amazing. I want all of these films immediately.

34. Gabriel Squaillia talks about the relationship between eyeliner and her womanhood.

35. With credit to [personal profile] renay for finding this one for me, because she knows the content I'm here for: this article is all about the history of the word "cunt", which makes me very happy even with all of the dodgy euphemisms and obligatory themed jokes.

36. Things that I'm excited about:

Date: 2017-05-19 08:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] stardreamer
Clare: While generally agreeing with the argument that Depp's time is over, I must also say that his casting in Murder on the Orient Express is singularly appropriate. He's playing Ratchett, who is one of the most unpleasant characters Christie ever wrote, and is also the murder victim. The murder occurs fairly early, after which he won't be in the movie unless they do real violence to the manuscript. So just close your eyes and think of Poirot. :-)

(Also, DAMN I want to see Michelle Pfeiffer take on Mrs. Hubbard! It's a critical role, played by Lauren Bacall in the 1974 version.)

(Also also, Poirot is well-known to be vain of his moustaches, but Branagh's mustache looks like a snow-snake crawled onto his lip and died there. Yes, he needs the same kind of de-hunkifying for this role that he had in Henry V, but that's not the way to do it.)


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