5 Friyays: August 17

5 Friyays: August 17


Hey everyone, it’s Dr. Hinson here with my 5 Friyays for this past week. I was in Philly to start the week, so it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but I managed to find 5 really interesting pieces for you – so let’s crack on!

Leading Lady Parts

This scathing comedy short produced by BBC 4 showed up multiple times in my Facebook and Twitter feeds and I finally watched it last night. It highlights the depressing and gendered treatment of women in acting, showing how they are discriminated against at the different intersections of race, class, weight, and age (was just missing ability). With a surprise twist you won’t see coming, it’s well worth the full 10 minutes.

Throughly Troublesome (yet brilliant) Theater

My mother and I have been big fans of Irish playwright Martin McDonagh for quite some time. We came across his work at a local Pittsburgh theater and  my mother found a quick affinity with his last name (which happens to be hers as well). Following our distant relation through his many theatrical and cinematic projects has become quit a hobby. Though he garnered a bit of notice with the nominations and awards for his most recent film “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” his plays are steadily appearing in British and Irish theater. This brief article ahead of a production of “The Skull of Connemara” at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin let’s me know that I am not alone in my love of his very dark, very violent, very distburbing, very funny productions.

It’s My Job to Explain Introverts

Since this is actually the case, I am always on the look out for new articles, new explanations, and clever ways to describe what makes introverts tick. The blog over at Introvert, Dear does a fabulous job and I am always learning something new from their posts. This post about why introverts are quiet, especially when socializing in groups, hit all the proverbial nails on heads.

Short Story Vending Machines

Nope. You read that correctly. A recent report revealed that Americans are spending less time reading for pleasure than ever. One intrepid solution? Putting short story vending machines in libraries. Delighted to see my sister city of Philadelphia getting in on the action.

Ladies Who Read (and Write)

I am always on the lookout for new books, especially those that tell lesser known stories of women who lead. When I saw this post from Makers, I was overjoyed to find so many inspiring books I have read, but also to add to my ever growing list. Out of this list “Pride and Prejudice,” “The Red Tent,” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” have to be my top three picks.

That’s my top 5 stories for the week that was! Dr. Donnelly will be back next week with her Friyays to close out August (how is it almost September???) Have a great weekend/week everyone!

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