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.
- If you haven't seen this video tour of Lisa Frank headquarters, I don't know what you're doing with your life, but it's not sparkly enough. (Who was your favorite character? I was always partial to the unicorn.)
- This Harry Potter Myers-Briggs chart is legit. (According to this chart, Becca identifies as Ron, and I'm Lupin.)
- Tom Hiddleston tries to teach Cookie Monster about self-control, and it's taking all of mine not to dedicate the rest of this post to my love for Tom Hiddleston.
- There is some grade-A cattiness in this article about the popularity of new translations of works.
- Jennifer Weiner is a determined warrior for "women's lit," and we love her for it: As Claire Messud pointed out when discussing her latest novel, an angry woman is still an uncomfortable, destabilizing figure. Nobody likes it when she comes to the party. Historically, women who speak up get slapped down, with a vocabulary intended to keep them quiet. A man is emphatic, a woman is shrill. A man is determined, a woman is obsessed, hysterical, maybe even insane.
- Once upon a time, [F. Scott] Fitzgerald taught a German shepherd to water-ski.
- No, you are crying at this story from a dad at the Atlantic about raising his "gender creative" son.
- Did you know that "Don't Mess With Texas" is actually an anti-littering slogan? If you didn't, the Texas Department of Transportation is pretty mad about that. Texas Monthly has a great roundup of unauthorized merchandise, written by my friend Dan Solomon.
(A story I love to tell: I visited Vancouver during college, and a guy I met, trying to show off his knowledge of my home, said, "Texas! Don't mess with the Alamo!" I had to break it to him that actually, they did mess with the Alamo.)
- This great mental_floss video about 48 Names for Things You Didn't Know Had Names will blow your mind. It also reminds us of Good Job Brain's (a great trivia podcast!) recent episode that included a quiz on demonyms, which is now a thing Becca and I can't shut up about.