By Sulagna Misra

Sulagna Misra writes about the weird things that pop into her head when she's not paying attention. She's on Twitter so she can not pay attention more effectively.

  1. If Oscar Isaac were your boyfriend, he'd know about your penchant for doodling people during long phone calls. You’d leave your notebook open on the kitchen counter and return later to find your sketches surrounded by speech bubbles, giving them fascinating conversations that hinted at rich inner lives.

    If Oscar Isaac were your boyfriend, sometimes he’d jokingly call you his “problematic fave.”

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  2. If Jason Bateman were your boyfriend, you would know who exactly had wronged him, and would help him enact the occasional petty revenge. “You're…really good at this, honey,” he'd say, with mild alarm in his voice as you prepare the glitter trap.

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  3. To understand Petra and Jane, we have to first look at who connects them: Rafael. Or rather, what draws them to Rafael, for often ill-advised romances stem from trying to find in someone else what you yourself struggle to grow in yourself.

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  4. If Rami Malek were your boyfriend, you would often be asked, “And where are you guys from?” with that pointed, exacting look, and the two of you would make up a new country and a fake history on the spot, every single time. Last time it was "Cloaca," a tiny island off the coast of Croatia -- so beautiful, but entirely surrounded by sharks.

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  5. Ask about his passions, hobbies, and interests! Learn his weaknesses. Exploit his fears.

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  6. Sulagna Misra's previous work for The Toast can be found here. After I saw Mad Max: Fury Road, I was less preoccupied with jumping into a mental whirlpool of “whether the movie was feminist or not” than I was in examining the trope I saw emerging, as highlighted in this Tumblr post: Pacific Rim: Well written and developed female character fights aliens with her golden retriever Winter Soldier: well written and developed female character fights…

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  7. Sulagna Misra is a writer, editor and frequent Toast contributor who writes a popular pitching newsletter, Pitching Shark. Here she shares some advice for aspiring freelancers. I’ve always had a tendency to go on at length about things I can’t stop thinking about, eager to talk about things I’ve just realized or weird jokes I’ve cooked up that no one in my vicinity really gets. It was only when I started pitching and…

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  8. Sulagna Misra's previous work for The Toast can be found here. Note: This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron. There’s a lot one could say about Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the thought that struck me most often during my 10:30 AM screening was, Why does this feel like bad fanfic?  I turned to my friends in the crowded theater and whispered, “This is bad, right? This is bad writing?” They agreed, laughing at my eagerness to condemn…

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  9. Sulagna's previous work for The Toast can be found here.

    2030, the Year of Winter Songs

    The wind whistles outside all day long, and every day we go outside and listen to it. It’s a long ritual, putting on our layers and our specialized snowsuits, but it’s worth it to have the sun hit our eyes and to hear the songs of the season. And it’s our news for

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  10. Part I of this article, which ran yesterday, can be found here. I didn’t start reading Jane Austen novels until my 20s – or rather, it was only after trying Pride and Prejudice for the fourth time that I finally got into it. While trying to get through them all, I also picked up the book A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz, which discusses the morality lessons of the Austen novels. Deresiewicz’s exploration…

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  11. Sulagna Misra's previous work for The Toast can be found here.  If you’ve been on the fandom side of Tumblr, no doubt you’ve seen several iterations of the Civil War meme. The Captain America: Civil War movie was announced, set to follow a storyline lifted from the comic books about Iron Man and Cap splitting the Avengers in a debate that threatens the existence of the team itself. The purveyors of the meme have…

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  12. 2018, the Year of the Quiet Home

    Homes will have all kinds of shields to prevent nature from creeping in. No more bugs walking across the floor in the middle of the night, when you should be asleep, preventing you from ever sleeping again.

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  13. Sulagna Misra's previous work for The Toast can be found here.

    First things first, let’s be realists: pretending to be a man and joining the army is no easy task. You will experience strife, fear, anxiety, enemy combatants, hell (which is what war is), and worst of all, character development. Tread carefully, and use this guide to direct you on your journey.

    What is your reason for donning a uniform

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  14. Sulagna Misra's previous work for The Toast can be found here.

    This could’ve been an essay about how long and hard it is to get to Javits Center in New York, especially from New Jersey. My train ride, which included fellow NYCC-goers that ranged from adorable braces-wearing teens to adorable adults with shiny neon wigs, gave me ample time to reflect on my last New York Comic Con. Five years ago,

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  15. This post was brought to you by a reader. Sulagna Misra's previous work for The Toast can be found here.

    When I first saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I walked out with my head spinning. As my friends and I discussed the movie (it would take a couple more viewings for me to distinguish all the fight sequences), one of my friends asked, “How would he not be incredibly racist

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