In another instance of Writer Decodes Cultural Phenomenon, Ruth La Furla tries to explain the bizarre reaction to Amal Clooney’s Golden Globes outfit. For reasons that are not entirely clear, Clooney’s decision to wear long, white gloves to the ceremony sparked an avalanche of disdain. Could it be that Amal’s “arm hosiery” didn’t quite fit? “Though there is nothing in the 1961 style primer ‘Gloves: Fashion and Etiquette’ to suggest it,” La Furla writes, “common sense would seem to dictate that opera gloves be stretched taut.” But of course.
An equally impressive (actually, way more impressive) feat of decoding is described in Rolling Stone’s longform piece about a teenage boy named Marcus Wanner who cracked the infamous Cicada cypher and found himself entrenched in the darkest corners of the Internet. Rife with shadowy figures, ominious phone calls, and a scary-sounding thing called darknet, the article makes for a pretty creepy read. Amusingly, though, Wanner seems most terrified of his mother, whom he describes as “Big Brother.”
Not to be overly dramatic or anything, but a guy named Louis Cole has basically figured out the secret to life. He films himself exploring beautiful places around the world, posts clips of his adventures to YouTube, and finances his travels with money generated by his YouTube channel. For a guy who launched his Internet career by eating pig eyeballs, Cole’s success is pretty impressive.
Vogue managed to get Daniel Radcliffe to reveal something about Harry Potter that nobody else knows. Spoiler: the secret isn’t all that shattering. Much more intriguing is the title that Radcliffe would give to his autobiography: Bring on the Empty Broomsticks.
Over at Narratively, Jenny Jedeikin writes about an afternoon when her elderly father shared his memories of her mother’s first climax (which took place at a Masters and Johnson sex therapy clinic). Transparency is great and all, but seriously, TMI.