This Week in Links 25

 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.

  • Autostraddle was recently accused of being "Cosmo for queers," and their defense of their site -- and their right to make money from their writing -- is fierce and perfect: Why is it okay to make straight feminism “friendlier” but not queer issues or queer feminism? Why does Clarke think xoJane’s vacillation between frivolous prose and “serious issues” is strategic and smart, but ours is simply a reflection of our misguided immature desire to conform profitably?
  • This chart comparing the number of unique words used by rappers versus Shakespeare and Melville is super interesting. Words + charts + culture! That is the TWiL trifecta, right there.
  • Vulture has a great interview with Brian Michael Bendis about Spider-Man, working at Marvel, and race in comics, among other things.
  • An actual NHL referee reviews the plays in The Mighty Ducks: Prior to the opening puck drop I would have firmly addressed the highly inappropriate, racially charged "Oreo Cookie line" comment by assuming the role of a "Political Correctness Police Officer." I would have immediately insisted upon a sincere apology be delivered by the Hawks player with the threat of ejection from the game under rule 23.7 (ii) racial taunts and slurs. If I was satisfied with a sincerity of the apology I would have escorted the Hawks player to his bench and placed the Coach on notice that any further such episodes from any of his players would result in a game misconduct. 
  • Here's a roundup of cool photos of the world's remaining "chained libraries," where books are literally chained to stacks/desks (most of these books and libraries are very, very old).
  • A librarian in New York City wrote a piece for School Library Journal about the discussions she had with her students over the course of the school year about the whitewashing of children's book covers (a huge problem). These kids are amazing, and I for one welcome our new socially conscious overlords: “Now I kind of want to be a publisher so that I can break some of these stereotypes,” wrote one student.
  • TIME has a great look at the art and science of NOW That's What I Call Music!
  • At the Ms. Foundation awards last week, both Amy Schumer and Gabourey Sidibe gave outstanding speeches about personal confidence, and specifically finding it in a world where you are not valued for your looks: It's my good time, and my good life, despite what you think of me. I live my life, because I dare. I dare to show up when everyone else might hide their faces and hide their bodies in shame. I show up because I'm an asshole, and I want to have a good time. 
  • Ann Friedman has a great piece about Shailene Woodley saying she's not a feminist, and, more broadly, the problem with a world where young women who absolutely believe in feminist things don't want to bear the burden and misconceptions that go with the label.
  • For TIME, James Poniewozik wrote about the power of Friends, the season finale of which was ten years ago (!). The article is behind a paywall, unfortunately, but his blog post about it is still worth it: For 10 years, through all the musical-chairs dating and goofy college-flashback episodes, the characters have dealt with one problem: how to replace the kind of family in which they grew up with the one they believed they were supposed to have. 
  • A New Zealand-based artist is creating a series of 100 works illustrating words for which English has no direct translation. They are amazing. Becca and I both have problems with tsundoku. See the whole series (so far) here.