This Week in Links 21

 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.

  • I can't believe I forgot to include this last time, but I wrote a post for brandnewkindof's The First Album I Ever Bought series! Click on through if you want to know my thoughts about 90s radio country.

  • Our friends over at Stacked have a great post on unlikeable female characters in YA novelsThe characters are unlikeable because they don’t conform to an established societal ideal of what it means to be female. Boys are allowed to be loud and disgusting and ambitious. They can disagree and forge ahead and be considered trailblazers and pioneers. They are allowed a full range of feelings and behaviors that women are not.

  • These drawings of elderly superheroes are really fun. My one criticism is that Buffy is not drawn stylishly enough -- that's a woman who won't let aging get in the way of wearing a trend.

  • College libraries and archives are starting to hire "Wikipedians in residence," a person whose job is to write and edit Wikipedia entries on topics relevant to the library's collection, and to prepare public domain media for sharing on Wikimedia. This is an awesome idea. Harvard is hiring one right now, and they should definitely be paying more than the $16 an hour for this they're offering.

  • Here's some tips on how to write a good sex scene, with #5 being the most critical. (Although I have to say, you can write a good sex scene whose point is NOT to turn the reader on.)

  • Melville House Publishing has the best writeup of the current dustup in science fiction fandom, starting with the title: The only real space books are the intolerant space books, insists intolerant publisher of space books

  • Huffington Post has a fun roundup of facts about various popular fonts (Becca is a diehard Garamond person).

  • The Oxford English Dictionary announced its quarterly update of new words, which is exciting news for word nerds. A lot of the new terms are about ladies, and a bunch are derivations of "cunt." Brb changing my last name to "Clawecuncte."

  • Walter Dean Myers wrote a lovely, thoughtful, quietly angry piece for the New York Times on the lack of racial and economic diversity in children's literatureAs I discovered who I was, a black teenager in a white-dominated world, I saw that these characters, these lives, were not mine. I didn’t want to become the “black” representative, or some shining example of diversity. What I wanted, needed really, was to become an integral and valued part of the mosaic that I saw around me.

  • Becca sent me the link for this website, and anonymous author of, I love you. You are right. Never surrender.