Since we're recording a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we'll do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week.
- NPR's fantastic Code Switch blog made a Venn diagram of kinds of bros. This contains pretty much everything I (Allison) love: charts, memes, linguistics, obsessive thinking about social trends.
- Jezebel's Kristine Gutierrez loves her bitchy resting face: I like looking determined and focused and if bitch is a consequence of this mindset then I'm fine with that.
- Stephen Colbert's mother died this week, and his tribute to her is what everyone should hope to receive.
- As fans of the freedom to read, erotica, and werewolves, we wholeheartedly support the San Francisco Court of Appeals in allowing inmates to read werewolf porn in prison.
- The publishers Lee & Low Books ask a number of authors, librarians, and publishers why the number of multicultural children's books isn't increasing. Bookshelves of Doom has a good roundup of responses.
- Alyssa Rosenberg looks at what makes a good villain, in an article that references the Mary Sue post on villains we shared last time: Jeremy Jamm is a reminder that there are gradations of consequences, and that a lot of truly dreadful and compromising things can happen to you before you face torture or death. You can give up your values. You can be defeated on a project that’s important to you. You can lose your temper embarrass yourself or hurt people you care about.
- Judy Blume demonstrates "I must, I must, I must increase my bust." She is the greatest.
- And because we love trivia, quizzes, and library classification systems, we're all over this: A quiz to guess book titles based on their Library of Congress Catalog subjects.