Warrior Women and Clickhole: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Highlights from seven days of writing about entertainment

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A Warrior Woman’s Work
Jess Zimmerman | Hazlitt
“[Furiosa] manages to be the quintessential male action hero: bold, self-sacrificing, grease-smudged, practically dressed, violent as needed, nobody’s love interest, and willing to fight uncompromisingly to protect those who need her help. She just happens to do all this while being a woman—and in doing so, reminds us that none of these ‘masculine’ qualities actually require a man.”

Dinner With My Big Gay Family at the Old Spaghetti Factory
Drew Zandonella-Stannard | Eater
“The Old Spaghetti Factory has been the venue for every reunion where we gather as a loud lesbian mafia, greeted by dozens of perky young servers who welcome without question our battery of separate checks.”

Wow. ClickHole.
Dan Lois | Slate
“Sure, ClickHole plays at playing the traffic game, espousing a comic ethos of shameless pandering. But ClickHole also frequently publishes Web content that goes viral because it is extremely funny and great.”

The Small-Town Advantage
Sam Riches | Pacific Standard
“As a kid, the fantasies of going pro were not yet understood as fantasies. No one cared how infinitesimally small the chances of being a professional athlete actually were. The naivety kept the dream protected. It kept hockey fun.”

The Unkillable Demon King
Mina Kimes | ESPN
In Seoul, where eSports are more popular with teenagers than baseball, Faker became a household name. He starred in a commercial for SK Telecom, striding toward the camera in slow motion. The Internet birthed a hashtag, #thingsfakerdoes. Some League fans nicknamed him the Unkillable Demon King; others simply referred to him as God.”

Rex ’n’ FX: The Charming Jurassic World
Wesley Morris | Grantland
​“There was ... the sense that the movies had found ways of making money off of TV while also calling TV stupid. By comparison, movies have always been self-consecrating. You don’t go back to Star Wars in order to shit on it. You go back because the congregation demands a snazzier church. I’m not sure who’s been clamoring for another Jurassic Park. And that lack of urgency takes pressure off the movie.”

Dudes Are Falling in Love With Lululemon: Meet the Lululemen
Sapna Maheswari | BuzzFeed
“Getting men to buy clothes once exclusively worn by women is a very tough sell. While pretty much any macho sports or surf brand can slap a logo on a women’s T-shirt and stand a good chance of gaining traction, there are few precedents for a women’s brand being proudly worn by guys—think college guys in Lilly Pulitzer shorts, or ballplayers wearing Victoria’s Secret boxers.”

Heroin, Too Close
Richard Brody | The New Yorker
Without sentimentalizing the characters of Heaven Knows What, and without romanticizing addiction or dereliction in any way, the Safdies achieve an immediate contact with experience itself, making the film a radical act of sympathy that nonetheless doesn’t suspend or defy judgment.”