This Week in Links 22

 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.

  • The AV Club takes a look at Brooklyn 99's main weakness, Boyle's obsession with Rosa, and why it's just not funny to have a dude refuse to hear a woman's noSitcoms pretend there are no consequences for the woman being pursued. In most sitcoms, there’s an acknowledged comfort zone that allows us to enjoy what might be uncomfortable in something more realistic: We know these heroes are essentially harmless.
  • The Toast makes an eloquent argument in favor of Veronica/Mac being the greatest romance on Veronica Mars. I subscribe wholeheartedly (I, Allison, speak only for myself here; this is most certainly not an official This Week in Ladies position, as you probably already know if you listened to our most recent episode).
  • On the subject of Veronica, here's an interview with the movie's costume designer, and here's one with the show's. Lot of interesting stuff about your television sausage gets made (a CSI:NY warehouse sale?!).
  • Josh Charles was on Keith Olbermann's show and did the sports headlines as Dan Rydell and oh, my heart.
  • Maria Popova of Brain Pickings has published an old Mark Twain book of advice for young girls, if you know a girl of frankly any age who needs a present. Becca and I already had our birthdays this year, but, you know, we can overlook lateness. It contains gems like this: If your mother tells you to do a thing, it is wrong to reply that you won’t. It is better and more becoming to intimate that you will do as she bids you, and then afterward act quietly in the matter according to the dictates of your best judgment.
  • HuffPo has a list of 14 badass female authors, including some I didn't know about. For real, how is there not a movie about Nellie Bly yet?
  • Mallory Ortberg rewrote The Velveteen Rabbit as a horror story. This is genuinely some of the most upsetting shit you'll read this week: Whose skin do you have, the Rabbit had asked him, and the Skin Horse had shivered to hear the excitement in his voice. Whose skin did you get.
  • BuzzFeed has a recording of the demo tape Michael Jackson did for "Beat It," and it's worth a listen. Goddamn, that's talent.
  • Ta-Nehisi Coates at the top of his game is a force of fucking nature: If you can not bring yourself to grapple with that which literally built your capitol, then you are not truly grappling with your country. And if you are not truly grappling with your country, then your beliefs in its role in the greater world (exporter of democracy, for instance) are built on sand.
  • This Is What Happens When You Put Dogs In A Photo Booth.