1. “Anna Kendrick on ’Pitch Perfect 2’ and Not Trying Too Hard.” The actress talks about her continuing adventures in musical comedy and Hollywood at large.
“’In case you can’t tell, I don’t really have a career strategy,’ she said. ’My decisions are entirely based on, “Well, I’m around, and this is something that the 15-year-old me would be excited to do.” ’A star without a meticulous plot to become famous and stay that way? Now that is a rare breed. In person, Ms. Kendrick, while certainly ambitious, comes across as enormously down to earth. She arrived early for breakfast, alone, wearing no makeup and a basic T-shirt and jeans. Afterward, she texted a follow-up question: ’What was the name of that reality show you said I should watch?’ (’Southern Charm’ on Bravo.)”
2. “CNN and Baltimore: A Crossfire with 100 Percent Casualties.” Welcome to Abnegation Room: we are ignoring the screams of black America very, very casually.
“This is an old trope, one in which the American media demands that any non-hegemonic group leaders—from any racial or gender or social minority—condemn the actions of any hammershit fool who does anything ugly while existing within their demographic. This is often the initial engagement of any minority, regarding any minority action, regardless of the merits of that minority action. Thank you for being on our show, and we’ll get to your concerns in a moment, but first, apologize and explain yourself. Like the old political line, ’If you’re explaining, you’re losing.’ By the time they’re done defending their mere existence, there’s no time left for their points. You can silence any problem by running out the clock.”
3. “Same-sex marriage: Supreme Court Justices don’t know much about history.” Is there a “traditional” definition of marriage? Supreme Court conservatives said yes, but they’re dead wrong.
“The most interesting, and dispiriting, aspect of Tuesday’s Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage was the absence in the court chamber of any real understanding of the history of marriage. Several justices, including Chief Justice John Roberts, seemed to have the impression that the ’definition’ of marriage has been fixed for ’millennia.’ Their goal, plainly, was to make an accommodation of same-sex marriage seem a far more momentous step than it really is. ’It’s very difficult for the court to say, oh, well, we—we know better,’ said Justice Anthony Kennedy.”
4. “Game of Fear.” What if a stalker had an army? Zoe Quinn’s ex-boyfriend was obsessed with destroying her reputation—and thousands of online strangers were eager to help.
“In September 2014, Quinn, 27, appeared in Boston Municipal Court to ask Judge Jonathan Tynes for a restraining order against Gjoni, her ex-boyfriend. In a handwritten affidavit to the court, Quinn tried to explain what had happened over the past month. After their brief romance ended, she noted, Gjoni ’wrote and published a long post about my sex life and private dealings to several websites that he knew had a history of harassing me.’ Quinn is a video-game designer and, like many women in the business, routinely receives misogynistic threats from strangers. Gjoni, Quinn contended, was aware that his blog post would result in her being harassed and stalked, and she claimed he had published it in order ’to damage my professional reputation as an independent artist.’ What’s more, she told the judge, the results had been particularly severe: Since Gjoni’s initial blog post, ’I have received numerous death and rape threats from an anonymous mob that [Gjoni] had given details to,’ she wrote. ’My personal info like my home address, phone number, emails, passwords, and those of my family has been widely distributed, alongside nude photos of me, and several of my professional accounts and those of my colleagues have been hacked.’”
5. “What Bernie Sanders Would Have to Do to Win.” Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president. Here is a look at what he will need to do if he hopes to win.
“Mr. Sanders starts with the support of some of the most liberal activists in the Democratic Party, the sort of progressives who favored Representative Dennis Kucinich of Ohio in his quixotic presidential bids. Just how abundant these followers actually are will depend on how many other candidates decide to challenge Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left. Mr. Sanders will need to expand his reach beyond a heavily white, college-town demographic to other elements of the Democratic coalition, notably African-Americans.”
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