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.
- This Linda Holmes story about censorship and Eleanor & Park is one of the loveliest things she's ever written, and that is saying something: Ugliness — honesty about ugliness — is important, because it gives shape and meaning to some important stories about not allowing it to swamp you. (You'll also want to read this great interview with Eleanor & Park author Rainbow Rowell over at The Toast.)
- Speaking of Linda Holmes, she contributes to this great NPR story about cursing on television, which is a bleeped-out delight.
- I have no idea if this is true (take unsourced Tumblr posts with a grain of salt) but I truly hope it is, and I hope all these teachers get raises.
- Maureen Johnson speaks some truths on the fact that being a talented writer and being an asshole go together distressingly often: Assholism is one of the most common afflictions of literature. Certainly literature and writing programs are full of them. They are like wildlife refuges for assholes.
- Speaking of truths and assholes, Brian Michael Bendis, ladies and gentlemen, breaking it down for you.
- This Cracked list 7 Movies That Put Insane Detail into Stuff You Never Noticed is, indeed, kind of insane.
- This woman gif'd her way through reading The Time Traveler's Wife for the first time, and it's a delight and a treasure.
- What does your favorite color say about you? (Mine is yellow [toxic sunshine!] and Becca's is pink [ghostliness and secrecy!].)
- This is a great list of great book dedications, but it left off what is indisputably the very best one, the dedication for Ed Young's Lon Po Po:
To all the wolves of the world
for lending their good name
as a tangible symbol
for our darkness.
- We can safely assume that once upon a time, Walt Whitman and Oscar Wilde totally banged. Ours is not the best of all possible universes, but it is definitely not the worst, either.