Toast Points for the Week of May 22nd

Hey Toasters, hope you had a good week! What are you reading as you head into the holiday weekend? I am finishing Trip by our own Mindy Hung, and I’m about halfway through One Thing Stolen by my friend and thesis adviser Beth Kephart. I’ve got a road trip this weekend and am thinking of loading up the Kindle before I go, so feel free to drop your best recs in the comments.

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A Bit Of Fry And Laurie Friday: Scumbag

“If we’d rung the bell, there would have been no point in my having carried this sledgehammer all the way from the car park.”

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Cocktail Hour: Open Thread

Toasties! The new Whitney is so great, and the cafe is also awesome. Everything is expensive, but that’s to be expected of a building from which one can see the Statue of Liberty and inside which one can see Contemporary (not really) Art. The Bartender has an asthma attack for the first time ever on Friday, at the ripe old age of 33. Who knew there were still such joys ahead?! It’s a brave new world. Open thread!

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Code Words For “Gay” In Classic Films

Previously: Code words for lesbianism in classic films.

If you hear any of the following words or phrases used to describe a male character in a movie made before 1970, odds are good that they’re trying to tell you about a homosexual, a real boarding-school afternooner, someone who eats his dinner in a restaurant, a fellow who walks down the shady side of the street.




Wears a hat of someone else’s choosing

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Link Roundup!

Alexander Chee on child prodigies:

I remember thinking I’d started writing fiction late for having started at age 19. I remember joking when I turned 29 that I was having a mid-youth crisis because I wouldn’t publish my first novel by 30. The mystique of the child genius storyteller is hardwired into our national psyche, as is the longing to be one—whether it’s Salinger and the Glass family child prodigies, or Carson McCullers, or Truman Capote, or Ender from Ender’s Game. One of the only stories I remember of Jesus in the Bible from my lackluster Methodist churchgoing as a kid involves the time he was found telling stories to adults, who all listened, enchanted by his wisdom. Wherever you go in American culture you end up near this myth about a talented child and a story.


Today is Ireland’s referendum on marriage equality, best of luck and support to our Irish Toasties.


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Crush Cakes: Drake

Welcome back to Crush Cakes. When you sit around breathlessly swooning over your crushes nonstop like me, well…we are worldly people here, you know what happens next. I make cakes expressing my feelings for them, and then sit back and wait for destiny to be fulfilled. It all makes perfect sense.

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Texts From Hieronymus Bosch

i painted you something
you did?
oh good
I’m glad to hear that you have been keeping busy
do you want to see it
what’s the painting of?
just a regular bird
oh okay
I’d like to see that


what do you think
pretty regular huh

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