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.
- This is a beautiful piece from Brittney Cooper of Salon on the complicated relationship that many Americans have with our national holidays and on her immense bravery in the face of hatred.
- Howard Bryant also wrestles with the challenges and nuances of American patriotism, specifically related to the now culturally mandated displays of patriotism that accompany most major sporting events.
- Author John Scalzi espouses one of TWiL's guiding principles: sometimes loving something means demanding that it be better.
- Curious about how "the most effective and sci-fi form of birth control: the implant" works? Artist Lucy Knisley's got you covered.
- You want to hear Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Michael Caine (as impersonated by Hunter Davis) read The Cat and the Hat .
- And finally, some infographics: The Genderbread Person v2.0, The Gender Debate and What Does Your Handwriting Say About You? (Yes, one of these things is not like the other.)