Here’s presenting a modest list of cool things that were written over the last week. Some we wrote, some we wish we had written. All of them make for a weekend reading list to keep you updated with what’s happening and what is being thought around the world.
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2016: The Year That Was Bad for All Animals, Except the Cow
Humans had it hard this year. Animals did, too. But one animal towered above all else, shining its way to glory even in its death. This is the story of the cow, and how 2016 actually came to be the year of the cow. Read the story here.
Oxford Dictionary’s Newest 16 Most Absurd Words of 2016
Apparently, “fuhgeddaboudit” is a word now. So is “butt-fuck”. So are the rest of these absurd words. All part of one big, wacky English language family. Read more here.
8 Times Gender Norms Were Broken in 2016
A transgender on the cover of National Geographic, the launch of a genderless clothing line, and six other times 2016 saw gender norms being gleefully broken. Read the rest here.
Making Christmas Sweets at Home: A Tradition and a Business
Read how the traditional sweet-making practice during Christmas is turning into a good entrepreneurial opportunity for those quick enough to grab it!
Stuff We Wish We Had Written
Do boys make passes at girls who wear glasses? Some answers from Bollywood
Can a woman in Bollywood films be intelligent, cool, desirable, and wear glasses? A deeply observant and incisive article on how Bollywood depicts women who wear glasses, quite eloquently expressed. Read the article here.
Love in the Time of La La Land
La La Land is all about a kind of love that modernity seems to have surpassed. What is love now in this age of irony, for a generation that seems to adhere to some uncodified playbook? Read the article here.
Death in Aleppo
Shiv Visvanath talks about how for us Indians, international tragedies that happen on a “miniscule” scale are not deserving of attention, and how this can be seen in the tragedies unfolding in Aleppo and our collective response to it. Read the article here.
‘Uncovering’ Elena Ferrante, and the importance of a woman’s voice
Elena Ferrante, most famous for the sheer brilliance that is the Neapolitan series (the first book in this series is called My Brilliant Friend), has always been reclusive writer. The entity that is Ferrante could be a woman, a man, a collective, a homosexual, a heterosexual, or anything in between or beyond. But she chooses decisively to speak to the world as a woman, in a country like Italy whose publishing world is largely dominated by men. The article talks about the female voice that Ferrante’s novels contain, and also about the ridiculous journalistic hunt to find out who Ferrante really is.