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.
And in observance of American Memorial Day, a thank you to those who serve, and who gave their lives in service to this country.
- Here's a poster of famous action movie quotes as sentence diagrams, nerds.
- Alyssa Rosenberg -- now at the Washington Post -- has a great defense of romance novels up: Giraldi also tells us that “romance novels, like racists, tend to be the same wherever you turn,” an idea that demonstrates a stunning lack of familiarity with both racists and romance novels.
- If you've been confused about the deal with She-Hulk this week, TIME has a good explanation. Basically, if you had any confidence left about the Batman vs. Superman movie, abandon ship.
- Related, io9 has a great piece about what we talk about when we talk about superheroine's costumes: This focus on breasts and butts also represents a missed opportunity when it comes to conveying character through costume. [THIS IS WHAT I AM ALWAYS SAYING.]
- Here's a really fun interview with Rainbow Rowell (titled "Hostile Questions," so you know it's going to be good).
- The New York Times has a piece about famous women identifying as feminists, or not: “Forty years ago it was a good question [are you a feminist?], but in 2014 it’s a ridiculous question and a lazy question,” said Ms. Gay, 39. “As culture critics, we have to start advancing the conversation and asking questions that are more grounded in feminism, like ‘How does feminism shape your life?’ ”
- Here's a delightful infographic showing famous authors talking smack about each other!
- Dolly Parton has put a home in California on the market. As if you needed more proof that she is a visionary for our times: she has a full-size fridge in the bedroom.
- Steve Kandell wrote a fantastic, searing piece for BuzzFeed on the 9/11 Museum called The Worst Day Of My Life Is Now New York’s Hottest Tourist Attraction.
- Deadspin has a fascinating longform article about the politics behind athletes coming out, and the infighting among various groups who seek to support LGBT athletes.
- TIME ranks the richest superheroes.
- I don't agree with everything this Grantland article says about the possibly approaching end of the superhero bubble, but there's a lot to think about, regarding storytelling and the business of making media.
- For all of my bitches that are finding it hard to be a bitch lately.