The Wednesday Five: Best Longreads of the Week


Smirking in the Boys’ Room

Rebecca Traister | New York Magazine


Samantha Bee will be the first woman to helm a late-night satire show. And, she’s part of a small group of women to host a late-night show. Rebecca Traister writes in New York Magazine:

But Bee is perhaps uniquely equipped to give this kind of role a test drive. She’s a news junkie, an unapologetic feminist; she is direct and sincere and also bitingly funny; in her corner office is a large painting of a bare-chested Vladimir Putin riding a bear, a prop taken from The Detour, a half-hour comedy she co-created with her husband, Jason Jones, planned for later this year.

Read the full article at New York Magazine.

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Glenn Close’s Crusade to Fight the Stigma Against Depression

David Yi | Mashable


“In a world where mental illnesses ranges from depression to eating disorders, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, among others, it can be difficult to talk openly about these personal experiences,” writes David Yi in Mashable for its launch of a weeklong initiative called #MindfulAllies. And, the actress Glenn Close, who has suffered from depression is the issue’s latest ally.

“Stigmas are difficult to overcome when people already have these notions of what someone with a mental illness is supposed to look like,” she says. “What most people don’t know is that mental illnesses is more common than you think.”

Read the full story at Mashable.

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The Ideal Marriage, According to Novels

Adele Waldman | The New Yorker


Adele Waldman does the literary research for us and uncovers that in literature, the desire to find a meeting of minds as well as bodies appears to be a greater driver for women than for men.

Read the full article at The New Yorker.

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