“This is the badassiest thing I’ve ever been asked to work on in my life. Black Widow is the very best hot mess I know. She kicks ass, she’s more of a Wolverine than a Captain America.”—Margaret Stohl, on her just-announced Black Widow novel for MarvelYA. (via romanovasledger)
How the EU has helped build a network of prisons and hostels that keep refugees from Somalia, Afghanistan and beyond trapped at Ukraine’s western borders, even as conflict rages in the east. (London Review of Books, August 2014)
Do u ever wonder if, in a few decades, memes will be featured in history textbooks? As a part of history and internet culture? Bc if my descendents even have to so much as read the words “skeleton” and “war” together I’m coming out of my grave to fuck shit up
But wouldn’t that actually start the skeleton war?
Are you in your late twenties and have a cervix? And think you’ve mostly got this sexual health thing down because you’ve been doing it for, like, a whole decade minimum and you’re totally unembarassed by purchasing prophylactics and you walk out of an STD clinic high-fiving passers-by?
Nancy Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.
Ms Wake was furious the TV series [later made about her life] suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.
Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit.” Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”
Up-to-the-century reporting: BEING A REAL FAN at NorCon V
Earlier this millennium I went to NorCon V with RetroGreat, ostensibly at least partly to write about it. Let’s not let the fact it’s been forty seven years since the convention stop us, though. I mean, I haven’t unpacked yet so it still counts, right?