This Week in Links 31

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.

  • BuzzFeed has a longread about Drop Dead Gorgeous, a movie that, in 1999, was both a critical and commercial flop, but has become a cult classic, and found a home in the hearts of those at TWiL HQ. There is a LOT of great insider baseball about the making of this movie (producers wanted Goldie Hawn to play Amber's mom?!). This could not be more crucial to your well-being: Success is always conditional. It’s not necessarily that good things happen to good people. This is a complete fucking accident.
  • In case you hadn't met your daily quota of "I'm not crying, it's just dusty in here," have some window washers dressing like superheroes at a children's hospital.
  • If your general health and well-being depend on not knowing what any American president has ever nicknamed his penis, well, the newly unsealed personal correspondence of Warren G. Harding is not for you.
  • The Bloggess has the best response to the whole Women Against Feminism thing, and frankly, a damn good definition of feminism in general: The point is that sharks, much like feminists, are awesome, and beneficial, and the world would be a worse place without them. 
  • Dear BookRiot, why couldn't you have published this literary tour of Maine when we did a piece on it for our Book Report segment?
  • The new University of Texas football coach, Charlie Strong, has released a number of players from the team as part of his cultural makeover. Every Day Should Be Saturday's Spencer Hall has some ideas on how he can take it even furtherRick Perry, those glasses look stupid. Get out of this state and come back when you've shot more than one dog and called it a coyote. Willie Nelson, walk it like you talk it and make another record with Julio Iglesias. It's been thirty years. You're off the team until I get my tender ballads.
  • Vulture takes us through all 38 #1 soundtracks of the last 30 years, and what they tell us about who we are as a people.
  • Stephen A. Smith has had a banner couple weeks with his comments about how women "provoke" domestic violence and Michael Sam. Deadspin has a great piece on how debating a topic legitimizes both sides of an argument even if they're inherently unequal, inspired by a "debate" on the ESPN show First Take.
  • Esquire has a dynamite profile of Dr. Willie Parker, the doctor performing abortions at Mississippi's last clinic (which conservatives in that state are desperate to close). This man is an American hero: "The protesters say they're opposed to abortion because they're Christian," Parker says. "It's hard for them to accept that I do abortions because I'm a Christian."