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"I’ve been booed in over 30 countries": The Ronda Rousey Story

Kelefa Sanneh profiles Ronda Rousey, the former Olympian judoka and currently star of the UFC's mixed martial arts circuit, in this week's New Yorker. The UFC's female division essentially exists because Rousey does; the 27-year-old has never lost and is known for a punishing, unique arm bar that she brought over from her judo training. She's both the sport's star and "heel" (her walk-up music in one match is Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation"), and no other woman can compete with her. "In order to keep the attention of a restless audience," Sanneh writes, "Rousey needs to find another Rousey": READ MORE

RIP, Elaine Stritch

Elaine Stritch, the famed actress and singer, died today at the age of 89. The clip above is her performing "The Ladies Who Lunch," from Company; this clip of her struggling to record the perfect take for the cast recording is worth watching, too. Shoot Me, a documentary about Stritch that came out last year and is available for streaming on Netflix now, includes this perfect anecdotal tribute from the late James Gandolfini: READ MORE

"This is not She-Thor."

"This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is Thor. This is the Thor of the Marvel Universe. But it's unlike any Thor we've ever seen before." READ MORE

"An obsessively determined woman willing to start on the bottom rung"

For ESPN, our pal Kate Fagan profiled Natalie Nakase, a former UCLA basketball player who hopes to become the first female coach in the NBA: READ MORE

Wet, "Move Me"

The latest from Wet, a Hairpin favorite, is "Move Me," a cut from DJ Kitty Cash's so-far stellar-sounding forthcoming mixtape, and it is "Say My Name" gone sultry and doe-eyed. Also check out "Moodring," SZA's cut from the album, here.

Elle Varner feat. A$AP Ferg, "Don't Wanna Dance"

You might recognize the first few seconds of this new Elle Varner track; it's The Jimmy Castor Bunch's "I Just Wanna Stop," which Kanye West sampled in "We Don't Care." As for all of the following seconds, they're excellent as well.

Rosie Perez On Her Do the Right Thing Dance Sequence

The weekend before last was the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee's classic Do the Right Thing, and Sarah Larson's New Yorker dispatch from the Brooklyn Academy of Music's celebration included this wonderful Rosie Perez reminiscence, on her iconic dance sequence in the film's opening credits: READ MORE

Let Us Salute These Athletic Bods

ESPN The Magazine's annual Body Issue is here, featuring the likes of Venus Williams, U.S. women's soccer player (and hero) Megan Rapinoe, and a MAJESTIC profile shot of Texas Ranger Prince Fielder ("I'm a teddy bear"). NSFW-ish, click cautiously. [ESPN The Mag]

The New Gone Girl Trailer Is Here

In Gone Girl: The Movie, a very confused Ben Affleck is Nick, Rosamund Pike is Amy, and NPH is Desi. The promotional posters seem to be taking a cue from True Detective fanaticism: spread the clues early and indiscriminately. David Fincher's take on Gillian Flynn's novel is due out in October.

A Six-Month Reading List

Courtesy The Millions, here is every new book you will want to read in the next six months. I just finished The Flamethrowers, so I'll catch up with you all 'round 2016. [The Millions]