Frankenstein Pulled Into Campus ‘Snowflake’ Warfare

From “Frankenstein” by Universal Pictures (1931)

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Also in the news: “Cat Person” author Kristen Roupenian sells a horror movie, and we learn a lot (too much?) about cannibalism. It’s your Daily Blunt!

These days, just about anything one does on a college campus is likely to result in them being called a “snowflake,” which in recent years somehow became Upset Old Person slang for “Kids these days, am I right?” In their haste to harvest some of those ever lucrative rage-clicks, the tabloid The Sun stirred up a literary firestorm with an article mocking college students for sympathizing with Frankenstein’s monster – or as Gizmodo put it, “correctly surmising the moral” of Mary Shelley’s classic novel. The article left literary types on Twitter clutching their heads. “But that’s……..that’s the book. that’s what the book is about,” writes Priscilla Page. Here’s the cruelest irony: What if the only thing that “snowflake” name-calling indicates… is a desperate need for remedial college courses?

Elsewhere on Twitter, a followup to last week’s story in which Lee Pace (currently starring in Angels in America on Broadway) testily acknowledged his queerness in a distinctly uninspiring coming-out moment. The actor has now written a much more thoughtful response in a series of tweets, admitting that the question caught him off guard. While he does treasure his privacy, “As a member of the queer community, I understand the importance of living openly, being counted, and happily owning who I am. That’s how I’ve always lived my life.” This message will undoubtedly mean a lot to fans who have been following Pace’s career for many years, from “Wonderfalls” all the way to blockbuster movies like “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

One of the most satisfying internet grudge-matches of 2017 revolved around Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person,” which inflamed heterosexual anxieties as well as perceptions of sexism within the literary world. In addition to a netting a lucrative book deal, the author has also sold a screenplay to A24, the studio responsible for breakout hits such as “Ladybird” and “The Disaster Artist.” All that’s known about Roupenian’s project so far is that it’s a horror movie entitled “Bodies Bodies Bodies,” which could not be a more auspicious-sounding debut into that genre.

While you’re already alarmed, why not head over to this Reddit AMA with Bill Schutt, the researcher whose new book Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History explores the popularity of this taboo (to humans) behavior in the animal world? He kicks off the questioning with a teaser that’s also a challenge: “Ask me anything (but yes, I did).” And then further down: “It really did taste like chicken… sort of.” Thanks to readers who took the bait, we learn that human cannibalism isn’t illegal in as many places as you might have assumed. Do you really wanna know exactly what (or whom) he ate? You’ll have to go scroll down for that yourself, perhaps during your lunch break.