In a world where you have more options for satisfying longform reading than ever, your friends here at Flavorwire are taking the time once a week to highlight some of the best that journalism and longform has to offer. Whether they’re unified by topic, publication, writer, being classic pieces of work, or just by a general feeling, these articles all have one thing in common: they’re essential reading. This week, we’re looking at the work of Jeanne Marie Laskas.
Madrid is a noble city because bulls die an honest death in the arena there. After people go to the seaside, the plazas empty. The remaining men drink white wine as the blood of the bulls spills on the sand. The wine is cold and every man is sad.
The leaves turn, the air gets colder, and a publication devoted to men makes a list of “80 Books Every Man Should Read” that has just one female writer on it. It’s just one slight in a list that’s slanted towards the great white male literary perspective that’s so common these days. Instead of getting mad, we here at Flavorwire wanted to counter that vibe by asking our favorite feminist writers what they think “every man should read.” The results were funny, smart, and a true reflection of the complex lives that we all …Read More
On Monday, Esquire ran a piece by author Mick Stingley called “The Straight Man’s Guide to HBO’s Looking,” which gave helpful advice to the men who were too spent from finding Lena Dunham disgusting to change the channel after the credits rolled on Girls and accidentally discovered the new series about gay men living in San Francisco. It’s a fun and very thoughtful piece that warns audiences that the guys on this show are boring because they do not mince around or get a lot of satisfaction from sleeping with strangers. Oh, and the one lady keeps her shirt on! Ugh! It was such an inventive, clever piece that it inspired me to give a quick guide, designed for my homosexual brethren, to the Super Bowl, arguably the straightest event on television. Because, you know, no gay guys like sports! Gross!
Happy Day 11 of the Government Shutdown, everybody! Here’s hoping you’re one of the lucky ones who’s been able to spend the time just enjoying an epic run of Daily Shows, as opposed to, y’know, losing your paycheck with no end in sight while a bunch of Tea Party assholes crow about how unessential you are, but I digress. In this period of anger and frustration, we flock to our Internet, and thankfully, in our time of need, our Internet has not let us down. Here are a few of the sites, writers, and savvy Web folks who have come through for us.