‘Harry Potter’ fanfiction author of ‘My Immortal’ reveals her identity – INSIDER

Harry Potter and Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance are two touchstones for “Tara Gilesbie,” the invented author of the fanfiction “My Immortal.” Warner Bros.; Kevin Winter/Getty Images The INSIDER Summary: The authorship of a so-bad-it’s-good “Harry Potter” fanfiction called “My Immortal” has been an internet mystery for a decade. The author, Rose Christo, is […]

A close reading of Equifax’s statement about its data breach.

  Just a little data breach affecting 143 million U.S. consumersweerapatkiatdumrong/Thinkstock On July 29 the credit reporting agency Equifax discovered that someone had accessed enormous amounts of the information that it held. This Thursday—more than a month later—Equifax released a statement announcing the breach and the company’s planned response. As is so often the case […]

eyes I dare not meet in dreams | Tor.com

Undead girls begin re-entering the world of the living, emerging from refrigerators.   The staring. A leaf alone in the horrible leaves. The dead girl. The staring. —Joshua Beckman, “[The dead girl by the beautiful Bartlett]” At 2:25 a.m. on a quiet Friday night on a deserted country road in southeastern Pennsylvania, the first dead […]

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Comes From a Long Line of Stories About Women Hooking Up With Animals

“At last he turned to her and said, ‘Am I so very ugly?’” Wood engraving by Walter Crane, 1896. Via the New York Public Library’s digital collections. Beauty and the Beast is officially a box office hit, and so the Disney live-action remake machine will continue to clank merrily along, churning out entertaining movies billed […]

Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute – The New York Times

Oakhurst Dairy trucks lining up in Portland, Me., in 2006. Credit Pat Wellenbach/Associated Press A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks. What ensued in […]