The first trailer for the Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale inspires a collective, relieved exhale. This and more in today’s Daily Blunt.
These are truly times that demand a fresh look at The Handmaid’s Tale, and Hulu apparently refuses to disappoint. The studio’s upcoming limited series about an America overtaken by a fascist theocracy has the full weight of Margaret Atwood’s fans bearing down on it, now that HBO’s “MaddAddam” series is in limbo, but the trailer released over the weekend has been met with a collective exhale — the characters and settings, however briefly glimpsed, are completely recognizable from the book, as is the tone of oppressive dread. Elisabeth Moss and Samira Wiley are in for the ride of their lives, and so are the rest of us once the series debuts in late April. Watch the trailer below!
It was an awkward night at the Golden Globes for those who were expecting to celebrate a more diverse array of nominees and films. The titles of “Hidden Figures” and “Fences” ended up being conflated into “Hidden Fences” at least twice, prompting backlash from viewers like comedian Robin Thede, who tweeted a reminder to presenters that “All movies with black people don’t sound alike.” Others protested the gaffe by deliberately conflating other black films, like “For Colored Girls Who Set It Off While Waiting to Exhale.” Oscar announcers and presenters: Consider yourself warned.
Author Sara Holbrook is speaking out about standardized testing after finding that her poetry was included in two Texas tests — then discovering that even she wasn’t capable of answering the accompanying questions. Recalling the experience, Holbrook writes: “These test questions were just made up, and tragically, incomprehensibly, kids’ futures and the evaluations of their teachers will be based on their ability to guess the so-called correct answer to made up questions.” She speculates that these relatively unknown poems of hers were chosen because the rights were cheap to acquire (the tests are generated by for-profit organizations), and with a healthy amount of self-deprecating humor at her disposal, hopes to convince Texas administrators that these booklets are not worth the paper they’re printed on.
Meet avowed “Shakespeare detective” Heather Wolfe, a paleographer whose painstaking research in Washington DC’s Folger Library has confirmed some amazing things about the authorship of certain Elizabethan manuscripts. Analyzing hair and skin samples that have accumulated in the binding, Wolfe has been able to confirm a link between various documents attributed to “Shakespeare.” As her work continues, more discoveries are sure to await: “Additional finds will certainly help us understand [Shakespeare’s] life – as much as we can understand anyone’s life from 400 years ago,” she says. Considering how difficult it can be to make sense of our lives from just four years ago, Wolfe could be considered a literary superhero in her own right.