Episode 19: #gothgymnastsochi2014

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

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

  • This Week in Comics
    Saga #18, Black Widow #3, Loki Agent of Asgard #1, Ms. Marvel #1 and Avengers Assemble #23 | "Saga," "Black Widow" and "Avengers Assemble" serve up more of the same we've come to expect from them. Unfortunately, with "Saga" and "Black Widow," it just results in boredom. Otherwise, it's a banner week with two great debuts from Marvel and the consistently excellent "Avengers Assemble." If we start a petition for a Wolverine/Spider-Girl team-up spin-off, you'll sign, right?
  • This Week in the Book Report
    Required Reading | We discuss the compulsory reading we enjoyed, whether it was assigned by a teacher or chosen by a book club. Surprise! We're nerds who actually liked a lot of what we read in school.
  • American Library Association Youth Media Awards
    The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced on January 27 and we've got thoughts. Namely, how on Earth did Locomotive win the Caldecott? We can't with that; all three of the Honor books are ten times the book Locomotive is. We also discuss the inherent flaws of any award system and this one in particular, including: the marginalization of children's books by and about people of color to special awards at the expense of being considered for the "prestige" awards; the Newbury equivalent of Oscar-baiting; and the disregard for audience appeal in recognizing children's book excellence. For more on the history of children's lit, check out this great New Yorker article.
  • This Week in Shit You Should Be Listening To
    "Timber" by Ke$ha feat. Pitbull covered by Postmodern Jukebox

Thanks for listening!