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What if friendship, not marriage, was at the centre of life?

This and other great reads from the week.

THE ONE YOU SEND TO YOUR FRIENDS

Crocs are back, baby

Friday was International Day of the Croc (uh huh, it’s a thing), so what better time than to look back at what can only be described as a cultural icon? The biggest hit of the 2000s, Crocs are staging the comeback of the decade – largely thanks to the fact that we all need a bit of comfort in 2020. Their meteoric rise from the ashes is pretty extraordinary. Will you be getting on board too? 

THE FIRESTARTER

What if friendship, not marriage, was at the centre of life? 

“Our boyfriends, our significant others, and our husbands are supposed to be No. 1. Our worlds are backward” says this punchy Atlantic piece. In the past few decades, we’ve started getting married later, marrying same-sex, and not marrying at all (renting together is the new big deal, right?). Despite these transformations, what hasn’t shifted much is the expectation that a monogamous romantic relationship is the planet around which all other relationships should orbit. This article makes a compelling case for us turning that around. 

THE HARDHITTER 

Revenge of the wine moms

A century after winning the right to vote, it looks like American’s presidential election will come down to which way women swing. “The numbers are clear,” says Emma Green, the Atlantic’s politics reporter. “Even though a white man is at the top of the Democratic ticket, 2020 will be a women’s election.” Hence Donald Trump at a rally last week: “Suburban women, will you please like me?” Check out this long read on the suburban, anti-Trump (sorry, Donald) channeling their might into activism. 

THE SCROLL ON THE LOO

How true events have inspired horror movies throughout history.

When Shakespeare said art holds a mirror up to nature, I wonder if horror films were what he had in mind? It turns out the genre is particularly adept at capitalising on people’s fears – of nuclear destruction, schizophrenia, pandemics (ahem) and the like – and turning them into art. This article takes a look at the big events in history, and the horror films they inspired. Time to start getting into the Halloween spirit. Buckle up, it’s gonna be a wild ride.