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 further: Rick 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."