This Week in Links 67

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Begin as you mean to go on: with ladies just fucking killing it. (Check out the rehearsal, too.)
  • In more ladies killing it news, the Pennsylvania Ballet takes no prisonersSo no, the Eagles have not played like they were wearing tutus. If they had, Chip Kelly would still be a head coach and we'd all be looking forward to the playoffs.
  • Set your alarms, pack an extra blanket, and fill your Thermos with coffee: here are the 101 best astronomical events of 2016. At least one of these is worth ruining your whole next day for.
  • Kate Beaton's traditional Home For Christmas comics are all up, and are, as ever, funny and warm and beautiful.
  • The best part of this tiger/goat friendship is that it was NOT instigated by the park employees, who seem baffled by the whole thing. You go, Timur and Amur.
  • Jia Tolentino has a powerful, thoughtful essay on offense and outrageBut at the end of 2015, it should be clear: offense doesn’t work that way. The offense model has failed, and dramatically. Women have a prominent voice in online media; feminism is a broad and verbally defended platform, and what has it all amounted to except a nightmarish discursive juxtaposition between what feminism says and what it is able to do? Pop stars preach female solidarity while reproductive rights roll back all over the country; we have politicized and vindicated every possible manifestation of female narcissism without getting any legislative movement towards mandatory paid parental leave. Feminism is proliferating essentially as merchandise; we can buy anything that suits us and nothing that we really need.
  • This video of Stormtroopers twerking was part of the Star Wars preshow when I saw it at the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas, and it is freaking delightful.
  • In more Star Wars news, some men's rights activists claim that their pushback against the "SJW agenda" of The Force Awakens cost the movie, by their (bad) reasoning, just over four million dollars. Which they touted as a victory. Over a movie that's made over a billion dollars already. Isn't that adorable?
  • Dream job alert: meme librarianWithout archiving, no one knows what the primary source document is. Once you start archiving, you can tell, "Oh, this photo originally appeared on this person’s blog in Japan, and then 4chan made doge. The importance of sitting down to find these sources gives the creator the credit he/she deserves. Sometimes it gets buried under all the we-heart-its and the rebloggys, but without sitting down and saying, "This is important," the creator loses his content – and that’s not fair.
  • Let's close it out with Aretha Franklin covering "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and causing Carole King to lose her mind. Aretha Franklin is 73 years old and wearing a floor-length fur coat.