Last CallLast Call is The Takeout’s online watering hole where you can chat, share recipes, and use the comment section as an open thread. Here’s what we’ve been reading/watching/listening around the office today.  

“Cat Person”

Have you read Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person” in the New Yorker yet? You haven’t?! OK, carve out two hours for it tonight. I say two hours not because it takes two hours to read (although it’s the New Yorker, so it’s not brief), but because, like any “viral” sensation, you then have to follow up with this interview, and this think piece, and this Twitter feed. I was struck by many aspects of this story: First, that a short story could “go viral,” or at least become as talked-about in my social media feeds as a new Netflix show. Second, I read this story not as much with an eye toward gender dynamics, as many have, but toward the tenuous nature of connection and trust in a time of digital interaction. Third, the backlash to a fiction piece is worthy of its own inspection. Read it and you won’t be able to stop talking about it, either. [Kate Bernot]


Hong Kong Strong

Kate asked for two hours. I’m asking for just 10 minutes. A dazzling, kinetic, virtuosic work of filmmaking created with what is essentially a consumer handheld camera. Technology really is amazing. [Kevin Pang]

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