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Liam Takes the High Road, and Other Notes from the Week


We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.

All Your Gilmore Girls Dreams Just Came True

In case you haven’t heard, Netflix is bringing back the much-loved Gilmore Girls in a series of four brand-new, ninety-minute episodes next year. On Monday, more details were revealed about the intriguing idea to revive the series in the rather unconventional format of four mini-movies: Apparently, each episode will represent one of the four seasons in a neat homage to the lyrics of the theme song by Carole King, “Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call . . .” The new Gilmore Girls will be set in the present day, eight years after the emotional and rain-soaked final episode of the series, and negotiations are said to be underway with the lead cast members. I can’t wait to see where life has taken these awesome characters since we last saw them! —Sophie Caldecott

Ladies for the Win

This week in the Republican debate of presidential hopefuls, Carly Fiorina commented, “I know that in your heart of hearts you cannot wait to see a debate between Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina.” Given how inspired I am by the fact that we have women running for president in both parties, I can’t help but agree. —Mary Rose Somarriba

Obama Has a Word for ‘Playing Like a Girl’

And that word is badass. In a video released this week, the nation learned the story of a 13-year-old girl whose brother made fun of her for watching women’s soccer. When the girl wrote a note to the White House, little did she know that she’d be meeting the victorious U.S. women’s soccer team. For Verily this week, Anna Quinlan writes about the magic that happens when girls play sports. —MRS

Halloween Is Upon Us . . . and with It Some Pretty Atrocious Costumes

Ever heard of men and women putting down other women for dressing in hypersexualized costumes at Halloween? Of course you have, but maybe we should look more closely at why women feel the need to dress sexily in the first place. Read Sarah Ridenour’s humorous but insightful take on it here. —MRS

Proof That You Can Be Classy in Dating, Even in Hollywood

Liam Hemsworth, in a cover story for the November issue of Men’s Health, was asked if he “dodged a bullet” by not going through with his engagement to Miley Cyrus. The man proved himself a gentleman with his classy response. Read the full story here. —MRS

Orange, Black, and . . . Teal

Food Allergy Research and Education is launching its second annual Teal Pumpkin Project, an international campaign that “raises awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.” Households that pledge participation offer non-food treats, in addition to traditional candy, to trick-or-treaters and can be identified by the teal-painted pumpkins displayed outside their homes. With food allergies in children on the rise, the effort is sure to be appreciated in any neighborhood. Suggestions and printable posters are available at —Lindsay Schlegel

Bet You Didn’t Know How Drew Barrymore Really Felt After Flashing David Letterman

Drew Barrymore’s memoir Wildflower dropped in bookstores this week, and you’ll want to pick it up. This week at Verily, Shea Hemperley explains what makes this book both hilarious and insightful. —MRS

Can Anti-Feminists Help Feminists?

Suzanne Venker, a self-described “anti-feminist” who was scheduled to speak at Williams College, had the talk canceled after the campus experienced backlash. Verily writer Baleigh Scott found nothing particularly anti-feminist about Venker’s speech though. In fact, she found things that feminists might learn from. Read the full story here. —MRS

NaNoWri What?

What do Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer have in common? They were all written during the month of November, commonly known in writerly circles as National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Since 1999, amateur and professional writers alike have committed to the goal of penning 50,000 words in a single month (and one that involves a nap-inducing holiday, at least here in the States!). Last year, more than 300,000 people on six continents started novels on November 1 and finished them thirty days later. This weekend, at makeshift desks and library kickoff parties around the world, the literary marathon will commence again. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program, a similar program in which writers younger than 17 years old can set their own target word counts. The YWP “brings creative writing into classrooms and focuses on developing writing fluency, student confidence, and effective goal-setting.” Take it from a two-time NaNo winner: If you’ve always wanted to write a book but didn’t think you could find the time, this is the way to do it. So set up shop next to that bowl of fun-size Halloween Kit Kats, and get to work. As the NaNoWriMo founders attest: “Stories matter.” We couldn’t agree more. —LS

So Glad I Never Donated to Those Funding Campaigns . . .

This past week The Atlantic reported on deep-seated misogyny in the world of Wikipedia. The Internet-based encyclopedia relies on a largely anonymous pool of mostly male editors whose uncivil behavior toward female editors will shock you. —MRS

Go See Suffragette!

. . . if you haven’t made plans to already. Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, women’s rights . . . what’s not to love? Then read and share Sophie Caldecott’s take on what makes the new film so worthwhile. —MRS

Love Doesn’t Airbrush

Did you hear about the viral story of a woman who got boudoir photos done as a gift for her husband, but when he saw that her unique features were Photoshopped out, he wrote a complaint to the photographer? Yeah, pretty heartwarming. Read Maria Walley’s lovely article on it here. —MRS

Barbie’s Actually Insightful Advertisement

We ended last week with a look at the delightful—yes, even empowering—video advertisement that Barbie recently released. In case you missed it, you can read up on it here. —MRS

Presenting . . .

We’re pleased to share a beautiful personal project launched this week by Verily’s own headline writer and regular contributor Sophie Caldecott. The new website called A Better Place reminds us how we all can make a difference if we put thought and purpose behind our decisions of what we buy on a regular basis. Check it out, and find out how “even the smallest decisions you make every day have the power to shape the future . . . [and] make the world a better place.” —MRS