23 Jan 2015

Weekly reading: Best longreads on the web

9:03 am on 23 January 2015

Our weekly recap highlighting the best feature stories from around the internet.


Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer

Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer Photo: Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer

The Broad Strokes: Hanging with the highly amusing, deeply stoned, not-so-secretly smart, and super-powerful women of Broad City  –  by Rachel Syme, Grantland

“The first time I met Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, they were wearing Rollerblades and Glazer was psyching herself up to simulate sex with a giant oak tree.”  

Super-rich kids: How the other half lives  –  by Jess McAllen, Sunday Star Times 

“They're models, bloggers, Instagrammers (brands offer them freebies to post to their large follower count) and photographers. Most spend daddy's credit card – “I miss those days” remarks an older Ya Ya. Some work: wait-staff, bartenders at the hip restaurants. One blushes: "I work at a supermarket.”

Mike Puru Will Host The Bachelor – But Could Another Host Have Made it More Fun? –  by Duncan Greive, The Spinoff

“Dominic Bowden should host everything we produce, with production schedules meshed to allow him to be chauffeured from set-to-set and winter schedules featuring Bowden on every channel all the time.” 

#Tay4Hottest100: Taylor Swift campaign shows it's time for Triple J to shake off cultural elitism –  by Elle Hunt, The Guardian

“Let me tell you who hasn’t won the Hottest 100 in the quarter-century it’s been run – a woman, despite female artists and consumers dominating the popular music market. Shake It Off at number one would be a win for feminism about as much as it would be a win for Isis, but if a song by a white, wealthy woman adds to the diversity of your playlist, that’s, in feminist parlance, “problematic.”

No Guts, No Glory: The Rise of Gross-Out TV – by Omar L Gallaga, Rolling Stone

“Some of the grossest shows on television are both adored and acclaimed: The Walking Dead's previous season premiere was the most-watched hour of cable television ever with 16.1 million viewers, with a separate SportsCenter-style after-show — Talking Dead — devoted to replaying zombie kills like game highlights.”

The Highway: Sleater-Kinney’s Majestic New Album - by Brian Phillips, Grantland


Sleater-Kinney Photo: Unknown

“The immediately striking thing about No Cities to Love, though, is how little it feels like a reunion record. It could have been made a year after The Woods. It could have come out 10 years from now. You get a sense from it that time doesn’t really exist for Sleater-Kinney, that whatever alchemy of temperament and talent makes them who they are is too strong to be endangered by disuse.”

The True Tragedy Of American Sniper – by Anne Helen Petersen, Buzzfeed

“Watching American Sniper in the theater is an immersive, ultimately cathartic experience — but it shouldn’t be. Every war movie should make you feel like shit.” 

Stevie Wonder: The Immortal – by Mark Anthony Green, GQ

“Little Stevie is now a 64-year-old genius. We met for a glass of kombucha on a mundanely beautiful Cali afternoon in Los Angeles, where he now lives. He's ditched the preppy look from his youth and now affects a kind of futuristic soul-minister vibe, with his thigh-length black Star Trekky suit jacket and his visor-like shades.”

Ask A Grown Man: Run The Jewels – by Rookie Mag

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