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Ever found yourself in a conversation with someone with whom you have nothing in common? It's awkward. That's why we like to arm ourselves with a number of random topics we can bring up in the hopes of inciting some kind of exchange. This month, for instance, we're prepared to discuss everything from Russian spies and TV overload to a woman named Blac Chyna, all thanks to these eight terrific stories.

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Literary Hub

If you sped through “Gone Girl” and “Girl on the Train”...

Read about the implications of referring to grown women as girls. (Literary Hub)

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Jezebel

If you think you’re a Beyonce fan...

Read about Queen Bey obsessives, who aren’t necessarily who you’d think they’d be. (Jezebel)

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Recode

If you can’t stop Snapchatting...

Read about the app’s surprisingly private founder, Evan Spiegel. (Recode)

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The New York Times Magazine

If you can’t start Snapchatting...

Read about how to force yourself to catch up with the times. (The New York Times Magazine)

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The Guardian

If you’re as obsessed with “The Americans” as we are...

Read about one of the families that the show is based on. (The Guardian)

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Vice

If you’re also as obsessed with “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” as we are...

Read about the show’s hilarious costar Tituss Burgess. (Vice)

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BuzzFeed

If you’re endlessly annoyed by the Kardashians...

Read about Blac Chyna, the woman who seems to be very strategically beating them at their own game. (BuzzFeed)

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Vulture

If you can never seem to settle on a TV show to watch...

Read the problem with having too many options. (Vulture)

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