Actors Strike, Barbie Airbnb, Drake the Poet

Orly Minazad
Orly Minazad is a freelance writer and regrets it every day of her life. She moved to the States from Iran in 1991 with her family seeking better opportunities only to waste them earning a Masters in Professional Writing degree from USC which no longer exists, cost a lot of money, and for which she has nothing to show. No, she is not bitter at all. Why do you ask? Oh, you didn’t, ok. She lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles where she spends the day loading and unloading the dishwasher.

For the first time in 60 years, both screenwriters and actors are on strike. Disney CEO Bob Iger is very inconvenienced by the “disruption.” (Variety)

On that note, here’s a list of this year’s Emmy nominations. Writers and actors are the reason all of these shows are so good. (Entertainment Weekly)

Here’s Juvenile just being Juvenile.

We all should have seen this coming. Drake has released a book of poems, Titles Ruin Everything: A Stream of Consciousness. (Pitchfork)

This story about Paris Hilton’s ex-business partner, Fereidoun “Prince Fred” Khalilian, has all the makings of a Shakespearean tragedy (or comedy, depending on how you look at it). (Daily Beast)

Take my money, Maybelline.

Starting July 17th, you can rent Barbie’s hot pink oceanfront Malibu Dream House on Airbnb. (Smithsonian Magazine)

Girl Dinner is all the rage on TikTok, and honestly it should just be called Mom Dinner because we’ve perfected the art of making a makeshift meal out of necessity. (Parade)

She’s not wrong.

@conversationswithruby

#stitch with @Krista Larson there’s a reason ur bf doesn’t understand girl dinner #girldinner

♬ original sound – Ruby Cline

The Video Game History Foundation (yes, it exists) is doing the Lord’s work in video game preservation because as of now only 13% of games made before 2010 are commercially available. (IGN)

There are many reasons why hiking is stupid. One of them is the possibility of discovering mummified bodies like this one hiker did in Colorado. (Boing Boing)

I don’t know if we needed a Mr. & Mrs. Smith remake, but I’ll watch anything with Donald Glover. (Variety)

The “research” for whether or not money can buy happiness could have taken me two minutes, but here are professional researchers telling you why being poor makes you unhappy. (Lifehacker)

“Wait, Was Napoleon Hot?” is the kind of headline that will always get my attention. Take notes, journalists. (Slate)

The answer is yes, according to this film.

Burger King in Thailand has launched a new Cheeseburger that’s literally 20 slices of American cheese (with no meat) between a bun. They really wanted to upstage the chocolate peanut butter whopper from back in the day. (Nerdist)

Damar Hamlin presenting at the ESPY Awards was moving, even for me who didn’t know the ESPY Awards was a thing. (Pajiba)

Threads reached 100 million users in five days, beating ChatGPT and TikTok and helping tank Twitter. We stan our awkward king Zuckerberg. (Engadget)

Happy National French Fry Day to all who celebrate. Enjoy your free McDonalds French fries this FRY-day July 14th. (USA Today)

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