Episode 54: People Experiencing Regular Intervals of Disruption

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This Week in Links 54

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

  • Oof, Charleston. A couple links worth your time: Jamil Smith on the power of black churches ("It gets harder to love thine enemy the more we come to know them"), Charles Blow on millennial terrorism ("Oh Fox, there is so much that needs explaining to you"), and Chloe Angyal on the power and danger of white womanhood ("It is on us to dismantle racism with just as much commitment as we dismantle sexism, for one cannot happen without the other").
  • So the rest of our links this week are going to be happy. Let's start with a blues cover of the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • It's the 40th anniversary of Jaws! You should read TIME's original review ("a case study in the recklessness, stubbornness, blindness and bravado that go into a Hollywood superproduction"), and then look at vintage photos of sharks. We here at TWiL HQ love us some sharks.
  • A librarian at the University of New Brunswick is living the dream: while digitizing materials, he found a copy of the original script of Star Wars in the library's archives.
  • You have probably already seen this story about the airport staff who found a boy's lost stuffed tiger and photographed it having adventures before sending it back to him, but you know what, read it again, it's still great.
  • Someone Went And Photoshopped Giant Cats Into 'Jurassic Park' Because The Internet
  • More cat news: the Alamo has a new official cat.
  • Channing Tatum did a Reddit AMA and he's everything you could ever want him to be. He is the platonic ideal of Channing Tatums. When asked about his perfect sandwich: k get ready: it's very complicated. bread, white. peanut butter, not crunchy, creamy. grape jelly, double portion, more than you think should actually fit on a piece of white bread. bread. and then some cheetos shoved in there, and then you're good to go. 
  • OK, a couple links that aren't just unadulterated happy. The Toast did an interview with @AfAmHistFail, the anonymous docent at a plantation home who tweets about her experiences giving tours: One of the best things a historic site can do is demonstrate the humanity of African-Americans. When cops are out shooting people because they find black people scarier or less sympathetic than white ones, anything museums can do to remind us that historic African-Americans were complex human beings with emotions and initiative is great. 
  • Over at BuzzFeed, Anne Helen Petersen looked at how In Touch magazine broke the Duggar news (calling sexual abuse of children a "scandal" offends our sensibilities) and how tabloids can actually use their poor reputation to do real investigative journalism. Some interesting stuff here on the business of tabloids and tips and paparazzi.
  • 538 looks at how the American Library Association's lists of the most frequently banned/challenged books and had issues with their data.
  • Let's close it out with another happy one: though we recently lost Christopher Lee (RIP, sir), you can still listen to him read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," and it is beautiful.

Episode 53: Laying Down the Law

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Spider-Woman #8, Silk #5, Spider-Gwen #5, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6, Giant-Size Little Marvel A vs. X, Starfire #1, Saga #29 | Many of this week's comics tackle the issue of nuance in the battle of right against wrong and using more than one's fists to solve problems. A lot of really good stuff in Spider-Woman, Silk, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, especially. In other comics, we got the Thor Corps, an auto-fellating dragon, and baby Avengers. Not all in the same book.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    Special guests Eileen & Sol join us for a quiz on author initials. Warning: This is going to be one of those times when you're yelling out answers in the car in frustration as we attempt to answer the questions. You might remember Eileen from our episode about Ada Lovelace.
  • Becca & Allison's Rules for Popular Culture
    We don our dictator hats and make some pop culture decrees. Allison bans Benedict Cumberbatch; Becca makes trilogies taboo. And no, the French are not better than us. It's a very cathartic exercise and we encourage you to comment with your dos and don'ts!
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, season 2
    B: San Andreas

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This Week in Links 53

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

Here's what's on tap this week:

  • Miss Piggy on her feminism: I believe that any woman who refuses to accept society’s preconceived notions of who or what they can be is a feminist. I believe any woman who is willing to struggle, strive — and if necessary learn karate — to make their mark in the world is a feminist. And, yes, I believe that any woman, who cares about her appearance, her star billing and most especially her percentage of the gross, is a feminist.
  • As the summer movie binge gets into gear, you're going to want to print out this feminist summer blockbuster drinking game to be able to refer to it. (Our local theater chain, the Alamo Drafthouse, makes it easy on you by serving alcohol during the movie! Becca and I both have favorite "adult milkshakes" there.)
  • Connie Britton hula hooped on James Corden's show, as if she were not already perfect enough? Also, look at Guy Pearce sitting on that couch, looking at Connie and James and stroking his beard, all "I've had this dream before."
  • Over at Texas Monthly, Dan Solomon (who, full disclosure, I'm friends with) compares the police response to black kids at a swimming pool in McKinney to white bikers shooting each other in Waco.
  • Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Selma Blair hung out together and saw the Cruel Intentions musical and appeared to have any awesome time. 15-year-old Allison and Becca have to go lie down now.
  • If Vin Diesel Were Your BoyfriendIf Vin Diesel were your boyfriend, he would hold your nephew and laugh and look at you every time, amazed, as though you had anything to do with it. [Though, WHERE is the mention of the D&D game he sets up for the two of you and Judy Dench???]
  • The Kahuku High School class of 2015 seems a hell of lot more fun than the kids I went to high school with.
  • We're fans of Oliver Jeffers' picture books here at TWiL, but hey, he also does weirdo performance art about memory!
  • Via Jezebel, studies find that experiencing real awe can make you a kinder person.
  • Please read Ta-Nehisi Coates on Kalief Browder, and the individual toll of our justice system: The numbers which people like me bring forth to convey the problems of our justice system are decent tools. But what the numbers can’t convey is what the justice system does to the individual black body. Kalief Browder was an individual, which is to say he was a being with his own passions, his own particular joys, his own strange demons, his own flaws, his own eyes, his own mouth, his own original hands.
  • An infographic on how many people various Marvel characters have murdered. So one of our more cheerful infographics. (The answers will not surprise you.)
  • The Rock Reveals That He Has A Huge Crush On Hayley Atwell. As Becca said in her email to me about this, "This is everything. Please disregard every other time I've said that ever."

Episode 52: Like the Hulk, But With Boobs

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  • This Week in Comics
    Lumberjanes #14, A-Force #1, Spider-Verse #1, Secret Wars Journal #1, Jem #3, Infinite Loop #2, All-New Hawkeye #3 and Secret Avengers | For our discussion of A-Force, we try to explain Marvel's Secret Wars event, but you should really check out this post over at Panels for more info. We briefly discuss Jill Lepore's New Yorker "article" about A-Force, so if you haven't yet read G. Willow Wilson's response, please do. We also talk at length about recently wrapped series Secret Avengers by Ales Kot, which continues to explore territory covered in Captain American: Winter Soldier, about the role of secret ops in a democracy.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    We talk about what we've been reading lately, which, strangely, also ends up being a discussion of books with a great sense of place (though we don't talk about that much): Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (New Orleans), The Blythes Are Quoted  and other Avonlea books by L.M. Montgomery (Prince Edward Island), and the Tess Monaghan books by Laura Lippman (Baltimore).
  • James Tiptree, Jr. Awards
    The 2014 Tiptree Awards were celebrated at WisCon over Memorial Day weekend so we took this opportunity to read a couple of the books from this year's winners and honors list. Allison read My Real Children by Jo Walton and Becca read Kaleidoscope, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios. We also talk about past winners and the overall significance of the award.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: Sexism, Parts 1 and 2 from the Caustic Soda podcast
    B: Aquaman, vol. 1: The Trench by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis, Joe Prado

Thanks for listening!

This Week in Links 52

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share.

Here in the United States it's Memorial Day, and I hope everyone is having a safe one. (In Central Texas, we're pretty hard hit by flooding and tornadoes, so that goes double for locals.)

Here's what's on tap this week:

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  • Let's just start things off right, shall we? Matthew Lewis posed for Attitude magazine and it is, well. It is. And as if that were not enough, he and J.K. Rowling tweeted each other about it.
  • Feminist Lisa Frank. Hello third-wave feminism expressed via the pop culture touchstones of older millennials, you are my everything. (Lisa Frank herself is not pleased with this Tumblr, but to that I am a panda bear in overalls and a baseball cap painting the words "I don't care" over and over.)
  • io9 takes a look at the ways the Marvel Cinematic Universe have influenced Marvel comics, from costumes to the finer points of superpowers to whether or not someone is even alive. (Weirdly, though, no mention of Coulson's role in the deeply excellent Secret Avengers comics.)
  • TIME has a great interactive thing where you tell it your first name, birth year, and sex, and it tells you what the popularity ranking of your name was for the year you were born, and what the equivalent popular name was for every decade back to the 1890s. Pretty neat! Today I'd be a Sadie, but in times past I could have been Nellie, Charlotte, or Mamie, all of which I'd take. Becca would be an Amelia today, or a Ruth, Pearl, or Gertrude in the past. Hi, and welcome to This Week in Ladies! We're your hosts, Mamie and Gertrude.
  • Would read all these books.
  • This year is the 15th (!) anniversary of Center Stage, the greatest dance movie ever made. Don't believe me? Let Entertainment Weekly convince you: Center Stage is, however, a great movie, where "great" is defined as "A thing you loved when you were 12 that's still entertaining once you reach adulthood, despite how much of it is about feet."
  • Cool job alert: The National Archives Foundation has hired someone to be their "Chief Spirits Advisor" as the National Archives opens an exhibit about the history of alcohol in America.
  • HuffPo has a cool history of Crayola crayons, inspired by a collector who tracked down a lot of vintage crayons and studied the way names and colors have changed over the years.
  • Here's a cool fan-made video highlighting reused animation in Disney movies.
  • Jon Stewart has been quietly running a program to help veterans enter the TV industry for the last few years, and now that he's leaving The Daily Show, he's hoping other shows and networks will join it: "This is ready to franchise. Please steal our idea," Mr. Stewart said in an interview at his Manhattan studio recently. "It isn't charity. To be good in this business you have to bring in different voices from different places, and we have this wealth of experience that just wasn't being tapped."

Episode 51: Princess Raccoon Zombie Virus

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  • This Week in Comics
    Rocket Raccoon #11, various Spider Ladies, Lady Killer #5, We Can Never Go Home, Ms. Marvel #15, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Captain Marvel #15, Thor #8 | Whew. We took a couple weeks off from comics, so we did a quick catch up on a lot of books today. We talk about Rocket's fitting finale, our varying levels of satisfaction with the Spider Lady books, and how we felt about the big Thor reveal you've no doubt heard so much about.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    You haven't read what?! We both read one of the other's all-time favorite books and now we're reporting back. Becca shares her thoughts and feelings on unexpected delight World War Z by Max Brooks, which eschews gore and grossness in favor of the real horrors of human nature and global politics. Allison is the true hero as she read the director's cut version of The Stand by Stephen King, which at 1153 pages, was not a short book to begin with. She goes on at length about another true hero, Dayna Jergens, who...well, you should really listen. She pretty much kicks all the ass in this book. We also highly recommend the 1994 miniseries, which is currently streaming on Netflix.
  • Real Ladies: Princesses
    Becca shares the deets on Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, who is often overlooked in the history books as a) she was fairly average and b) she was the daughter of Queen Victoria and the mother of Tsarina Alexandra. But, she did dare to *gasp* breastfeed her children and she told her husband she found him intellectually unsatisfying, so. Allison talks about Princess Pingyang, whom she first read about in Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie. Pingyang led 70,000 men in the Army of the Lady to help her father overthrow a negligent ruler and usher in the Tang Dynasty, considered a golden age of Chinese culture.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: The Fall, currently streaming on Netflix
    B: DC Bombshells art
    Both: Supergirl trailer

Thanks for listening!

This Week in Links 51

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week:

  • At Slate, they're taking a look at the "prefatory bitch," the sentence construction "Bitch, [whatever.]" We here at TWIL are no strangers to this -- our corrections segment is called "Bitch, Please" -- and we're fans: The prefatory bitch, if I were to animate her, is a zephyr at your statement’s back, blowing it past the shoals of dissent, into the realms of the inarguable.
  • Here are 23 female cartoonists on drawing the female body (complete with drawings). Some lovely art and thoughts here.
  • Anna Kendrick, always a delight. 
  • BuzzFeed has a really thorough, sound list of questions about sex ed at Hogwarts. The people need answers. 
  • In the 1690s, a British periodical called the Athenian Mercury had what is now considered the first ever advice column. Atlantic Monthly reproduces some questions and their answers. No one is unhappy with their in-laws or their coworkers, but they do want to know things like "What is the cause of the winds, and whence do they come, and whither do they go?" or "Dancing, is it lawful?"
  • Friend of the show Matthew Jackson is over at Playboy explaining what the hell the Infinity Stones of the MCU are (and it's SFW).
  • You're probably already mad about having to wait in line for the women's bathroom while men sail on unencumbered, but this TIME article about the way that reflects our bullshit sexist society is going to get your dander even more up.
  • BookRiot defends liking princess books (as we have done ourselves, and will continue to do forever and ever). Plus she's got some great recommendations to get you out of the Disney-only box: [T]here’s a lot that’s problematic about the Princess Ideology – it’s nepotistic; it places a premium on things like appearance and virginity; it’s trying to sell you Frozen diaper wipes. But A PIRATE’S ACTUAL JOB DESCRIPTION IS THIEVING AND RAPING so let’s not be so literal about our kids’ choice of imaginary occupation.
  • Here at TWiL HQ, we like the Avengers, infographics, and ranking things. (We like other stuff too, but honestly, that pretty much covers it.) So this infographic of all Avengers teams since the inception of the Avengers-titled comic series is way our jam, as is this Entertainment Weekly ranking of every Avengers team member ever. (Anyone who titles a post "Let's rank every Avenger ever" is just TRYING to seduce us. It's working.)
  • As the Token Female Member of This Action-Adventure Team, My Job Is to Kick

 

 

Episode 50: Peace in Our Time

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  • All Ultron Extravaganza!
    This week, we're all about Avengers: Age of Ultron (isn't everyone?). Get ready for some deep cuts, as This Week in Ladies achieves peak MCU geekdom. We talk about nightmarish mind-manipulation visions, water-induced woo-woo visions, and The Vision. Plus, our feelings about characters new and old, secret families, caricature villains, and Cap vs. Iron Man. You guys, this movie was a preview of both the upcoming superhero Civil War in the third Captain American movie, and possibly the upcoming TWiL Civil War. Tony, Steve. Can't we all just get along? For our sake? We wrap up with an updated sorting of MCU characters into Hogwarts houses, which we did way back when we talked about Iron Man 3 in our very first episode. What a long, strange trip it's been, y'all.

Thanks for listening!

This Week in Links 50

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week:

Episode 49: Brain, Heart, Pants

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  • Bitch, Please.
    We (well, Allison) issue an on-air apology to Allison's mom, who disputes our description of her reading habits in Episode 47. Sorry, Mom!
  • This Week in Comics
    Spider-Woman #5 & #6, Silk #2, Lumberjanes #13, Ms. Marvel #14, Ant-Man #4 | (Also Rat Queens #10, Hawkeye #2, Captain Marvel #14, Saga #27 mentioned in passing) In an attempt to make this episode a short one (haha, guess how well that went), we just mention the hits of the past two weeks. Becca gives Silk another try, the Lumberjanes get a flashback, Ant-Man leans into its Miami roots, and Ms. Marvel looks at culture clashes. We also talk about the new Marvel TV show Daredevil, which we're mixed on (but they are making the show available to blind viewers--good for you, Marvel and Netflix). And Becca gives us a preview of what to look forward to on Free Comic Book Day (May 2!).
  • Media Made Just for Us
    In our main segment this week, we talk about the media that felt like it was made just for us, like the creators sat around talking about target demographic: US. This is the media that makes us feel like someone is in our minds and they are taking notes. In addition to sharing some of our examples--Hamilton, the musical by Lin-Manuel Mirandasuperheroes in seersucker suits--we examine what makes a piece of media "just for us." It must either feature a collection of things you always enjoy in media or really resonate with you to the point that it feels like it's about you. The age at which you encounter this media certainly makes a difference, as does how you encounter it. Lastly, your love of this kind of media can't come as a surprise. It will always leave you feeling like, "well, yeah. Of course I loved it. It was made for me."
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: "Milk Milk Lemonade" by Amy Schumer
    B: Road House starring Patrick Swayze and Sam Elliott

This Week in Links 49

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week:

  • To celebrate the anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama performed The Evolution of Mom Dancing, Part 2 with Jimmy Fallon and got down with the So You Think You Can Dance all-stars. Regardless of your political leanings, I think we can all agree that if Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected, First Dude Bill Clinton will have some big shoes to fill.
  • The New York Times, the paper of record, sent Andres Serrano -- the Piss Christ guy -- to photograph an Angora Rabbit show. And then, if that was not weird enough, they wrote a quiz to determine which bunny you are, based on your answers to a series of ethical dilemmas. I am not making this up.
  • Jonathan Franzen is gonna need some ice for the serious burn he got from the Audobon Society.
  • Lapham's Quarterly doing the invaluable work of making a chart of famous people insulting each other.
  • HuffPost follows up the piece we linked to last time about the use of punctuation (or lack thereof) in tweets with "The Kids Are ALL-CAPS," about, you guessed it, the use of capitalization in tweets: This is Caps Lock as a permanent state, apt for any mood or topic. It's a somewhat avant-garde idea. The Caps key is hardly considered an enabler of nuance. Those who would see it banished cite the inflexibility of the emotion most associated with it, outrage. Even visually, we describe blocks of all-caps writing as insurmountable: a wall of text. 
    This stuff is fascinating, y'all.  Where do I register for the Twitter Linguistics seminar?
  • To continue the theme of nerding out over language, the New Yorker asks, "What Part of 'No, Totally' Don't You Understand?"
  • Roxane Gay on Walter ScottI am so tired of writing about this kind of murder, this kind of injustice. Words feel utterly useless. I recognize the luxury of such exhaustion.
  • To celebrate Major League Baseball's opening day, TIME shares photos of the real-life players of the All-American Girls Professional Ball League. I, who have never once slid into a base in my life, much less in a skirt, am completely in awe of these women and wish this league had endured.
  • A Tumblr called medievalpoc has a great post, with a lot of great links, on the history of people of color in London. Every person she mentions is someone I really want a movie about: This is about dodging accountability in that they chose a setting they assumed would have only white people in it, and then made that true. And that has happened so many times that the myth just keeps perpetuating itself.
  • Want to have some deep feelings about Keanu Reeves? Sure you do.
  • Help the Library of Congress solve the mystery of these uncaptioned photos from the early 20th century! Dude, this is the kind of problem librarians dream of.
  • If, like us, you ever had a crush on an animated anthropomorphic fox or any other animated or illustrated character, this "Ode to #HotArchie" will really speak to you: But, bro. Bro, look at this fella. Look at ole’ Arch. Excuse me, Archie-kins. That’s the coolest way he’s ever held his guitar. And that side-eye, like he knows we want the whole face but ain’t no way we’re getting it yet. He is TEASING US. He’s got his chucks, a white tee, and gurrl that jawline.

Episode 48: Fastly & Furiously

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Allison's #TWILshelfie

Becca's #TWILshelfie

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This Week in Links 48

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week:

  • These people have PhDs in Selena. That, my friends, is living right.
  • Friends of the show Stacked Books are running a great series of posts right called "About the Girls." Check out Elana K. Arnold's piece on "appropriate" literatureMaybe the books I write are appropriate. Maybe they are not. But I think it should be up to the daughters to make that decision, not the mothers. Censorship—even on a familial level—only closes doors.
  • This Mash-Up of Famous Dance Scenes Is Your New Favorite Video. Cosmo is not lying; this fanvid is legit gonna give you feels.
  • HuffPo looks at the ways that omitting punctuation can make your jokes better which, look, I realize we're getting real nerdy here but hear me out: And so we’re rid of certain hangups. Unburdened of the need to prove our online facility with perfectly formatted sentences, we’re able to experiment. This has led to a writing form McCulloch calls "the opposite of shouting" -- little punctuation, no capitalization, essentially a run-on sentence. 
  • Ronald Wimberly wrote and illustrated a great piece about being asked to lighten a Marvel character's skin for The Nib.
  • Also at The Nib, here are some totally practical superlady costumes.
  • Marty Stroud was one of the prosecutors in the 1984 Shreveport murder trial of Glenn Ford, a man who has since been exonerated and released from death row. Stroud wrote a letter to the editor of the Shreveport Times about his role in the trial, and it is a stunning and fierce condemnation of our justice system: The audacity of the state's effort to deny Mr. Ford any compensation for the horrors he suffered in the name of Louisiana justice is appalling. I know of what I speak.
  • Jesse L. Martin and the cast of Flash sang a gospel version of the theme to the TV show Firefly, and as I said to Becca in an email, this makes that song not terrible, which is no small feat.
  • On the creation/amplification of accents and tourismAnd if such interactions with foreigners turn regular people into specimens, what about the experience is “authentic” anyway? Businesses that use language as a product seem to be taking the theme park mentality of “living villages” into actual towns, turning daily life into performance. 
  • Please watch this video of Obama hugging a bunch of little girl scientists in capes and then everything will be okay.
  • HuffPo's got a great list of 18 queer comics artists you should know.
  • Because podcasting is an aural medium, you cannot tell that Becca and I are generally making at least one Gesture for Critical Discussion at any given time.

Episode 47: Your Princess Is in Another Castle

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  • This Week in Comics
    Ant-Man #3, Spider-Gwen #2, Ms. Marvel #13, Captain Marvel #33, Thor #6, Thor Annual #1, Ladykiller #3, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 and Sheltered #15 | First up, an FYI: Marvel's got 33 titles "ending" in May, among them two books we talk about this week, Captain Marvel and Thor. This week, Becca questions her qualifications as a feminist comics fan and rages about the ending of Sheltered. Allison gets on board for Gwen Stacy's talking Spider-Pig hallucination and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's kickass, take-charge roommate.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    A piece from The New Yorker, "The History of Loving to Read" by Joshua Rothman, inspires us to talk about our own reading histories and what it means to us to identify as "a reader." It's also a good time to revisit this Anne Helen Petersen piece for BuzzFeed on what it means to read like a teenager.
  • Privilege, Pressure, and Power: Princesses in Popular Culture
    In a segment we can't believe it took us almost two years to record, we talk about princesses in popular culture. Why are they so popular? What do they have in common? Who would win a rap battle between Belle and Cinderella? "What is Cinderella, exactly?" (Antti Aarne and Stith Thompson have an answer to that last one.) We also rec several of our favorites, including Ella Enchanted and The Princess Diaries (the books, not the Anne Hathaway movies, though The Princess Diaries movie is actually pretty good).
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: In the Heights Original Broadway Cast Recording
    B: The Winner's Crime by Marie Rutkoski

This Week in Links 47

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week:

  • The 9 Rules of Every Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner Cartoon. The rules of this universe are incredibly detailed, specific, and NEAT.
  • The official list of approved catcallsI’M SURE YOU'RE BUSY. THIS WILL ONLY TAKE A SECOND AS YOU'RE BIKING PAST: I BET YOU HAVE AN INDOMITABLE SPIRIT.
  • Michael Bolton the singer as Michael Bolton the IT worker in Office Space. STILL a good joke.
  • American states, foods, and puns. It's a great day.
  • Friend of the show Kelly Jensen over at BookRiot has collected a ton of literary Final Jeopardy answers (and questions).
  • The New Yorker has a fascinating article about Chinese censorship of translated (often American, but not always) books: But for an editor like Zhang, who is not a Party member, there is no ideology and no absolute list of banned subjects. His censorship is defensive: rather than promoting an agenda or covering up some specific truth, he tries to avoid catching the eye of a higher authority.
  • Last Week Tonight asks the hard questions about Daylight Saving Time: how is this still a thing?
  • I'm normally philosophically opposed to lists of things you "ought" to do by a certain age, but this Jezebel list of 13 Things You Should Really Have In Your Closet By the Time You're 30 is right on: 4. Something That Works as a Vibrator in a Pinch An old dustbuster? An electric shoe polisher? Really loud old fan? You get the idea.
  • Spend some time with the #SofterActionHeroes hashtag.
  • Rembert Browne on Barack Obama for GrantlandPeople who will tell you that, ultimately, they’re happy they came up short. But people who will still openly admit it’s something they think about all the time.
  • BuzzFeed's "What's Your Gender?" quiz is maybe the best of all quizzes.
  • We lost Terry Pratchett this week, which was a big blow. You should read Neil Gaiman and Kieron Gillen on his legacy, and Jess Zimmerman on the everlasting moral power of Good OmensIn a lot of ways, I am at my core a golem of popular culture. I built my self-concept out of the books that shaped me, and even though it can now walk around on its own and eat dinner and fall in love and have opinions and all the things an organic creature does, if you rubbed out the magic words it would collapse into a pile of dusty tomes. 

Episode 46: Marvel's This Week in Ladies*

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Angela: Asgard's Assassin #4, Silk #1, Spider-Gwen #1, All-New Hawkeye #1, Rocket Raccoon #9, Saga #26 and Rat Queens #9 | When it rains comics, it pours. Angela gets a new costume that's less belt, more dumb; Hawkeye gets a new creative team that's less Fraction, more Canadian; and Rat Queens gets a new artist who is less pronounceable, more scribbly.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    "Are you prepositioning me?" Allison quizzes Becca and special guest Julia on book titles that are prepositional phrases.
  • Marvel's Agent Carter
    Friend of the show Julia joins us to discuss the best comic book show on television. We cover it all, from workplace sexism to sexy accents, from Forties fashion to Foley-enhanced fight scenes. The letter writing campaign for Season 2 begins now.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
    B: The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
    J: "The Golden Age" by Asteroid's Galaxy Tour
    Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean

Thanks for listening and thanks to Julia M. for joining us on this week's episode!

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This Week in Links 46

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week:

Episode 45: See You in Court

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Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Rocket Raccoon #8, Ms. Marvel #12, Captain Marvel #12, Thor #5, Bitch Planet #3 and She-Hulk #12 | Loki visits Ms. Marvel, Titania has a girl power moment, and...we still don't know who Thor is. Bitch Planet continues to deliver with a flashback issue featuring non-compliant Bitch Planet inmate Penny Rolle. You know you want to find out what inspired her tattoo. Last, but not least, She-Hulk goes out on a high note in an episode that satisfyingly wrapped up the long-arc story and featured everything that made this book one of our favorites: Jennifer's competence in her professional field (see bitchmedia for more on that); the professional and personal relationships between Jennifer and her team; and art that perfectly complements the story. Pour one out for She-Hulk, y'all.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    This week, we talk about book awards and lists beyond the Youth Media Awards. Check these out for some great suggestions!
  • This Week in Real Ladies
    Inventors! | You guys. Inventors are so interesting.

    Becca talks about the inventor of her favorite board game, Monopoly (nerd), Elizabeth Magie Phillips. Phillips is having a moment right now, thanks to the recent publication of The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World's Favorite Board Game by Mary Pilon (read an article adapted from the book at The New York Times). The game was originally created to promote Georgist economics, which are explained in this Harper's article, and has a pretty fascinating history. Unsurprisingly, the woman who created it was pretty interesting, too.

    Allison talks about Margaret E. Knight, inventor of a number of things, including the machine that folds paper bags such that they are able to stand on their own. Knight not only put her ingenuity to use inventing that machine, but in defending her patent in a court of law. She was pretty badass. Learn more about Knight in Marvelous Mattie by Emily Arnold McCully.
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Thanks for listening!

This Week in Links 45

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week: