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.
Also, happy Veteran's Day, and a thank you to all the men and women who serve, with a special shoutout to Becca's dad.
- Don't forget, you can still enter our giveaway for a copy of Rainbow Rowell's new novel Fangirl! Follow us on Twitter @TWiLPodcast and tweet about the show to your friends. We'll announce the winner on Episode 13.
- This interview with Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett about their new picture book, Battle Bunny, is a treasure and a delight (as is that book).
- This map of the most famous authors from every state is a good jumping off place for discussion, at least (translated: some really wtf choices here).
- Linda Holmes wrote a fantastic piece about Allie Brosh, Donald Glover, and talking about hard times you're going through right now: We're more accustomed as readers to the memoir model, where depression — or addiction, or even ordinary anxiety — appears as a monster from the past, one against which you still have to bolt the door every day, but one that's not there right now, not interfering with your writing about it, not writing about it with you.
- The Twitter account @TVNetworkNotes collects actual notes offered on actual TV shows from actual network executives who are paid actual money to offer these pearls of wisdom.
- The Literary Review has released the shortlist for the annual Bad Sex Award, and woo boy, it's bad out there for fictional characters trying to get it on.
- Over at The Toast, national treasure Mallory Ortberg looks at the state of fox sentience in Disney animated films through time: It is unclear if all self-aware animals have become vegetarians, since no non-sentient animals are seen in the film, and presumably Robin Hood does not eat Maid Marian’s chicken handmaiden.
- Photographer Klaus Pichler photographed cosplayers in costume in their own homes, rather than in the context of a con, and the results are strange and trippy and fascinating.
- The Huffington Post takes a look at race and gender in children's books, and comes up with some depressing statistics on characters in fiction for children: Over time, boys' interests in toys and media become more rigidly masculinized, whereas girls' stay relatively open-ended and flexible. Think of the implications of storytelling on that pattern and what it means for social skills development, adaptability, work-life issues and more.