Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!
Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:
- This Week in Comics
Captain Marvel #15 and Young Avengers #9 | Kelly Sue DeConnick shows us the events of Avengers Assemble #18 through the eyes of Captain Marvel and, surprise, it really works. In YA, Prodigy comes out, Loki encounters an old... friend? and Teddy visits the Lone Star State. Oh, and there's that little SPOILER ALERT breakup. Opinions vary.
- This Week in TV
New Series Debuting This Fall | We talk completely unnecessary American adaptations of BBC hits, poor project choices by Buffy alums, good-looking Star Trek stars in paranormal police procedurals, and the ridiculously titled Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Oh, and Allison Janney. We talk a lot about Allison Janney. (Here's Jay Carney reaching out to Allison Janney on Twitter.)
- Librarians in Popular Culture
ALL THE LINKS! (including books mentioned in this segment and another study of libraries in popular culture, the documentary The Hollywood Librarian )
If you're looking for on-the-nose humor about libraries, check out (check out! ha!) Unshelved by Ambaum & Barnes and Cat and Girl 's "Long Time Listener". McSweeney's lists some library science jargon that might make you giggle, too. More laughs: Librarians making funny viral videos (we're hip and tech-savvy, remember?) is definitely a thing now. Here's a good example. If horrifying humor is more your thing, listen to the Welcome to Night Vale episode "Summer Reading Program."
Wondering what librarians actually do? This Tumblr post from publishers Melville House has a pretty accurate description. Also this: "A Professional Assessment of Twilight Sparkle as a Librarian." But seriously, Pew Research and the American Library Association have been working together to do a lot of research on how Americans use libraries: take a look. Also, the ALA's Library User Bill of Rights is on point.
NPR's Linda Holmes has written a few posts on libraries and popular culture. On the subject of library nostalgia, here's a roundup of great vintage library posters. Earlier this year, Beyonce hired a personal librarian. Dreams really do come true. Here's that NY Times article on busyness which posits the Richard Scarry Test of Job Essentialness.
Finally, here are a few videos celebrating libraries in pop culture: A supercut, the scene in the Venice library from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the song about Marian from The Music Man, Ludacris' "What's Your Fantasy?" as mentioned by Becca, the "punk ass book jockeys" scene from Parks & Recreation, a great scene from Desk Set showing the librarians at work (starting at about 4:00).
As Lil Wayne says, "[e]arning your Masters in Library and Information Science is beautiful." Truth, y'all.
- This Week in Shit You Should Be Listening To
"Light Enough to Travel" by The Be Good Tanyas
Thanks for listening!