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People who complain about Buzzfeed, do you even go on that fucking website? It’s more than just the stupid “23 Reasons Why You’re Single” lists and “What Color Converse Should You Wear?” quizzes. Sure, those exist in abundance, but they also have some really great essays and interviews. I read something by Roxane Gay on there this morning. Yesterday I read a really well-researched article about LGBT Russian asylum seekers. Their “Books” and “LGBT” sections have terrific articles by terrific writers, and they’re funding those things and paying all of the writers and comedians they employ by making click-bait articles, but you’d be hard-pressed to find websites that aren’t doing that. As a writer, I’m not going to knock anything that gives struggling artists and writers and comedians a steady paycheck. Sorry, but I’m not going to do it. Maybe be less of a fucking snob.

Backed. “Wolf of Buzzfeed” was peak “Making Fun Of Buzzfeed” Also, either their aim or fb’s algorithm is so good that I’m seeing way fewer inane lists and more thoughtfulish stuff. It gets harder to yell at something for ways it’s annoying when plenty of worse things could be in it’s lane (see also: Pitchfork) and when the things that are insidious about it are mostly functions of the market.

Please read this Stoify of tweets by Natasha Vargas-Cooper, one of the people behind some of the few worthwhile things on Buzzfeed, to learn that, in fact, they’re not really that great at paying their writers! Looks like they just bring on these more intellectual verticals for credibility and then keep that click-bait cash for themselves.

Resentment has always been the defining emotion of Cersei’s life. She believes that she was unjustly denied the love, power and respect she believes she deserved—not just because of Lyanna, but because she was born a woman. She’s always seen her twin, Jaime, as the alternate universe version of herself, the person she might have been if she had been born a man. While she got traded like chattel to someone she didn’t love, Jaime became a hero of tournaments and battlefields, powerful and feared.

And she has a point. It sucks that she got undermined and deprived of opportunities at every turn in ways that Jaime wasn’t. But let’s also be real: If Cersei really had been a man, she might’ve been a ruthless fighter, but she also would have been a terrible leader in every possible way. We see it in her total mismanagement as Queen Regent, and we see it even more clearly in Joffrey. Just like so much of the violence we see in the Seven Kingdoms, Cersei decides to take all her frustration and pain and pay it forward. And since she’s not a warrior, she does it the only way she knows how: by teaching her son to be all of the things she couldn’t be.


Cersei raised Joffrey to believe in his absolute right to see his will done without limits, without consequences. His entitlement is so complete that any impediments, no matter how small, seem like an intolerable injustice that must be greeted with instant, blinding violence. The beheading of Ned Stark was as devastating as it was pointless, an impetuous cruelty that nearly cost him his crown. But this has always been the fatal flaw of Joffrey: not simply that he is evil and cruel, but that he is evil and cruel to the wrong people, and without regard for the consequences.

Joffrey sees power the way Cersei taught him to see it: like a gun that never stops firing, a zero-sum game you lose the moment you fail to show force. It’s the same thing Cersei said to Littlefinger long ago when she had a soldier hold a knife to his throat: “Power is power.” And it is, until it isn’t.