Anyone with an interest in beer and brewing will enjoy the brief summary of data from The Atlantic on “The State of American Beer,” charting which kinds of beer sales are up, which are down, and what people in the U.S. are actually drinking. The most interesting things seem to be happening with craft beer (on the rise in America), especially for Lagunitas Brewing Company, maker of delicious beers.
This brief blog in response to the James-Franco-suggestively-texting-a-17-year-old controversy published on The Style Con is a sharp and intelligent look at “Humbert culture,” or America’s fascination with the sexuality of young women. Writer Beth Lalonde ultimately suggests the fetish, and our forgiveness of it, is symptomatic of a larger cultural issue. A good read for anyone interested in rape culture, sexuality studies, and how women are portrayed in film and on TV.
MOVOTO published an interactive map of America’s listening preferences by area. You can scroll over the map to hear the sounds of a region and learn more about what genres are popular where in the U.S. Interestingly, bluegrass and folk music is prevalent where you would least expect it (urban areas), for hard rockers, move West, and the Mid-West will listen to (and enjoy) just about anything.
I stumbled across this killer list of 21 contemporary female authors everyone should read and can’t wait to be settled in my new home so I can pick some of them up. The list was compiled by Joanna Walsh in an ongoing Twitter feed encouraging readers to read more works by women.