The FADER Weekend Reading List

Pamela Anderson’s comeback, period undies, and why love is literally a drug.

February 05, 2016
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Pamela Anderson’s Second Act

Jen Yamato, The Daily Beast


Pamela Anderson is known mostly for her Baywatch days and passionate PETA and environmental advocacy, but she's ready for an on-screen comeback. In this really warm interview with The Daily Beast, Anderson opens up about a past abusive relationship, how she means to throw herself back into acting with her upcoming short sci-fi film Connected, and beyond.

Love Is Like Cocaine

Helen Fisher, Nautilus

With Valentine's Day coming up shortly (it's next Sunday, people, get that romance planned stat), it's important to know that, according to science, lovers are just like addicts. That means that when you're truly, deeply in love, your beloved is basically on the same level as heroin. For real. Careful where you give your heart to.

The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy

Jesse David Fox, Vulture

The comedy nerds at Vulture have compiled a comprehensive list of the 100 most influential jokes of all time, from 1906 to the present. If you have any interest at all in where modern laughs come from, or the history of comedy (think Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, George Carlin) read this. Lots of LOLs, promise.

Everybody Hates Ted

Alex Shephard and Clio Chang, New Republic

This isn't so much an article as it is a visually pleasing compilation of all the times politicians have dragged GOP Presidential Candidate and Iowa Caucus winner Ted Cruz. He's the worst, and these quotes from his peers prove it. Bye, Ted!

Why Messy Album Rollouts Are Actually A Good Thing

Jeff Ihaza, The FADER

With the recent seemingly endless rollout of Rihanna's ANTi, Future's Purple Reign confusion, and Kanye's album title indecision in mind, Jeff Ihaza gets think-piecey about "hiccups" in social media era album promotion. "In 2016," Ihaza writes, "the chatter and speculation around a release hasn’t changed, it’s just been incorporated into the process."

Frank Dukes Is Low-Key Producing Everyone Right Now

Eamon Whalen, The FADER

32-year-old, Toronto-born Adam Feeney bka Frank Dukes has a producer credit on basically every dope new track (Kanye, Rihanna, Drake, what?!). Let Eamon Whalen introduce you to the dude who is almost single-handedly reinventing sampling.

Winona, Forever

Soraya Roberts, Hazlitt

The image that is typically conjured when one thinks of Winona Ryder is the young movie star perfectly frozen in either Beetlejuice, Heathers, or Reality Bites' late '80s, early '90s perfection. Roberts' essay on Ryder goes next level deep in exploring pop culture's obsession with our favorite reluctant movie star, even as she grows older and is no longer the same person. “I say we just grow up, be adults and die," Ryder said as Veronica Sawyer. The same is probably true for our preoccupation with youth and nostalgia, no? "The same way they aren’t permitted to err, women aren’t entitled to be outsiders, and older women are barely tolerated at all," Roberts writes. "Ryder must thus settle for supporting roles, which do little more than highlight how much more watchable Lydia Deetz, Veronica Sawyer, and Charlotte Flax were, and why we can’t forget them."

American Hunger

Jason Parham, The FADER

In this raging political climate, Hillary Clinton does the dab and Bernie Sanders gets his "Hotline Bling" on. What does it mean?! Jason Parham explains, and asks the questions that really hit hard: "What value is there in Clinton dabbing on Ellen, creating t-shirts that read 'Yaaas, Hillary!' or offering reasons she’s 'just like your abuela' if she’s not committed to the restoration of those neighborhoods and the people who birthed that dance move or live and breathe that language everyday?"

Panty Raid

Noreen Malone, The Cut

If you live in New York City and take the subway, there's a high likelihood you've seen ads for THINX, most prominently featured in banner form at the Broadway-Lafayette station. THINX is the brainchild of Miki Agrawal, whose interview with Noreen Malone explains pretty much everything behind the concept and branding of these period panties (read: they soak up your menstruation, no need for tampons apparently). Talk about the future of millennial, viral advertising.

The FADER Weekend Reading List