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LOLing with Longreads 4/25/14

Emily Perper

“Terms and Conditions for Watching Your Stuff.” (Eliza Berman, The Rumpus)

“Hey, would you mind watching my stuff while I run to ___________ real quick?”
“Yes. Here’s my contract.” As Berman says, “Sign here, bitch.” 

“How Amy Schumer Gets Guys to Think Feminists are Funny.” (Eliana Dockterman, Time)

Like, part of me doesn’t care if men think women are funny? Because, like, screw those guys? And not literally? But this is a good analysis of Schumer’s comedic process and made me want to watch her show. In addition, I agree with the author: “the female [insert male-centric show here]” is SUCH a lazy way to describe anything. Especially awesome comedy.

“The Beards Are a Joke.” (Justin Heckert, Atlanta Magazine)

I started to read this piece, saw it was 10 pages, and almost went to bed instead. I’m glad I didn’t. The story’s premise–four bearded dudes from Atlanta climbing into an SUV and touring the country and doing standup all over the West Coast–is deceptively simple. This piece is immensely readable. I couldn’t stop. It’s a delight.
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LOLing With Longreads 4/18/14

Emily Perper

I Was an Arcade Fire Bobblehead Decoy.” (Amos Barshad, Grantland)

“The top secret missive came from deep within the Arcade Fire camp — we’re bobbleheading tonight. We need an extra bobblehead. Are you ready, willing, and able to assist in the case of bobbleheading?”

“The Unruly Stoner Girl: What Makes Broad City so Radical” (Anne Helen Petersen, Los Angeles Times Review of Books)

Broad City is one of those unexpected yet universally beloved shows. If you’ve seen any or all of the episodes, you’ll have noticed that, as Petersen points out, Broad City has a lot in common with dude-centric tropes (pot! casual sex! etc.) and this places it in a category of women performing transgressive comedy (see: Gilda, Lena, Lucille). Spoiler alert: It’s awesome. And important for Feminism. 
 

“I regret pairing Ron and Hermione together (because Ron is a time-traveling Dumbledore),” JK Rowling Admits.” (Mallory Ortberg, The Toast)

God, I love The Toast. It might be the One True Website for up-and-coming writers/lady power/funny everything. I tangent. The omnihilarious Mallory Ortberg explores the possibility that Ron is Dumbledore and Dumbledore is Ron BECAUSE TIME TRAVEL. (Read “The Secret Ronbledore Pages” here.)