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ANONYMOUS ASKED : I’m trying to convince a friend that Richard Papen is gay but he won’t believe me. Please help me with evidence and meta and your general genius?

Is your friend Richard Papen himself?
He’d have to be blind. Fine. Let me show you the light, friend of anonymous.

Richard Papen is gay when he:

-  Literally drools over Charles:
“I was more comfortable in his presence” (p. 94)
“His straightforward, uncompromising good looks” (p. 107)
“But even that day, there on the porch, with Charles beside me and the smell of wood smoke in the air, it had the quality of a memory; there it was, before my eyes, and yet too beautiful to believe” (p. 113)
“He and I were particular friends” (p. 228)
“His face was flushed and radiant as an angel’s” (p. 327) 

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Taylor Swift Leads Instagram’s First-Ever Ranking of Most Popular Accounts

Confirmed: Female musicians and their fans dominate Instagram.

The photo-sharing company, which is celebrating its fifth birthday on Tuesday, has officially ranked its five most popular accounts for the first time — four are pop stars and all are women.

Taylor Swift, who mixes cat and concert photos on her account, has the most followers of all, with 49.6 million and counting. The human brand Kim Kardashian comes in second with 48.1 million followed by the singers Beyoncé (47.3 million), Selena Gomez (45.9 million) and Ariana Grande (44.7 million). (Instagram’s own official account has 103 million followers, but it was not counted in the rankings.)

Charles Porch, the head of global creative programs at Instagram, said the most popular women tend toward content that is “authentic and often times really fun,” according to Reuters. For Beyoncé — who all but shuns the press in favor of social media — that means a lot of tropical vacation pictures, while Ms. Gomez and Ms. Grande are big on behind-the-scenes glimpses. “What Instagram is doing is giving all these ladies a direct line to their fans and, by having a direct line, they’re controlling their message,” Mr. Porch said.

Instagram has said it has more than 400 million users worldwide; 75 percent are from outside the United States.

The most popular man on the service is Justin Bieber, who has more than 40 million followers. Barack Obama has 4.7 million.