Steven Avery’s Lawyer, George Miller on ‘Mad Max,’ and More: Today’s Recommended Reading


Here at Flavorwire, we pride ourselves on not only writing some of the best content on the Internet, but keeping an eye on all of the great writing that other folks on the ‘Net are doing, too. Today, there is a story about sexual assault in the comedy world, an exclusive interview with Steven Avery’s defense lawyer, and a talk with George Miller about Mad Max: Fury Road.

Rolling Stone’s Tessa Stuart spoke with Steven Avery’s defense lawyer, Jerome Buting, to find out more about the evidence that was (and was not) shown in Netflix’s Making a Murderer:

A month later and Making a Murderer is still geared up to be one of 2016’s most divisive cultural artifacts. Steven Avery’s actual guilt (or lack thereof) continues to dominate conversation, and today his defense attorney shed some light on some of the evidence that may have been glossed over in the documentary itself.

The way it goes in Wisconsin is, because the state has the burden of proof, they get to finish the closing arguments with a rebuttal argument. So they make their opening closing statement, and then the defense goes, and then they can follow up with their final. [In my closing statement, I said] “He’s going to get up here in a few more minutes and I challenge him to explain to you why these bones were moved.” Because there was absolutely no doubt that the bones had been moved, certainly to the burn barrel and possibly a third location as well.

Buzzfeed’s Katie J.M. Baker reports on the ongoing efforts to combat sexual assault and abuse in the comedy world:

Held together by a constant theme of social justice and activism through social media, Baker’s piece is both heartbreaking and inspirational. Touching upon everything from unsolicited sexts and fake apologies to how men routinely exploit the rules of improv (Yes, and…) in order to act inappropriately towards women, it spares no expense to bring this very important issue away from the background and into the foreground.

In July, dozens of women in the secret Facebook group described The Actor as an unprofessional creep. None of them actually accused The Actor of a crime. But he had made them so uncomfortable, they said, that they had turned down professional opportunities—quit teams he was on, chosen not to sign up for classes he coached, or stopped going to theaters where he performed—because it was easier to stay away from him than put up with his behavior.

The New York Times Cara Buckley spoke with George Miller about all things Mad Max: Fury Road:

On the heels of its whopping ten Oscar nominations, Mad Max: Fury Road‘s director George Miller explains why Furiosa had to be female and what it was like to sit next to Mel Gibson during the film’s premiere.

It had to be female because if it was male, it’s a male stealing the wives of another male. That’s a different story. What I didn’t expect was how Charlize [Theron, who plays Furiosa] was able to take it and bring all she had to it, such that people, you know, are getting tattoos [of her character]. It’s kind of scary as a storyteller.

Jezebel ran two conflicting essays on the deliciousness/awfulness of Chipotle’s food following news that the chain would close all of its locations for part of the day on February 8: “I Will Eat Chipotle Until It Fucking Kills Me” by Jia Tolentino and “Counterpoint: I Can’t Wait For This Bitch To Die Of Chipotle” by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. No excerpt is needed.