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.
- Thug Notes reviews The Hobbit. This actually made me want to read The Hobbit, which so far neither Tolkien nor Peter Jackson has been able to do. (That's Allison, not Becca. Becca rides hard for the Shire.)
- 40 Days of Dating: an interesting experiment, visually stunning, a very frustrating web experience, totally going to get these guys a movie deal.
- Slate reprinted a gorgeous illustration of a commencement speech Bill Watterson once gave, and you should read Alyssa Rosenberg on its feminist message: The conversation about work, family, and feminism has often been enormously reductive when the phrase “having it all” enters the dialogue. It’s not just that the phrase itself is exceptionally limited, or that even in that crabbed form, it’s relevant mostly to the concerns of affluent, often white, women, rather than women of color for whom the decision to continue working is a matter of survival rather than personal fulfillment.
- The Baxter Building (home of the Fantastic Four) and Avengers Mansion (home of the X-Men) are both based on real life buildings, which is just the neatest.
- GLAAD rates last year's movies on their gayness, and includes scores based on the Vito Russo test, which is something of a parallel to the Bechdel test.
- The New York Times holds its nose and reports on how, tragically, it appears we have to acknowledge that "twerking" is a real word.
- Northeastern University has a display of famous authors' typewriters right now, which is all up in my wheelhouse (I have a typewriter I bought on Etsy, because I'm that asshole).
- The cult of Bill Murray is alive and weird.