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.
This was a rough news week.
- A lot -- a lot -- of good stuff has been written about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri this past week. There's too much to share here, so I'll just include Rembert Browne's piece for Grantland, which is raw and brave and heartbreaking.
- The most recent episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver also had an excellent piece on the militarization of the American police in general.
- Also, the Ferguson Public Library is doing an amazing job right now for their community -- among other things, the first day of school has been delayed, so they're hosting teachers at the library, all day, for kids who want to come in. They're also acting as an oasis for their community. The teachers and librarians of that community are heroes.
- Amanda Hess over at Slate has a good description of ironic misandry, and why so many feminists are cheerfully using it: So young feminists have taken to deploying the claim of “misandry” like a parlor game, competing to push the idea of a vast, anti-man conspiracy to its most gleefully absurd limits.
- The New York Times had a really lovely reminiscence of what it means to commit years of your life to taking care of a pet (in this case, a cat).
- NYT also has a great look at millennials that is actually refreshingly free from the sort of handwringing you usually see accompanying pieces about us, and our general narcissism and need for praise.
- Lev Grossman has written a pretty great piece at the Wall Street Journal about the way that Modernist complex writing and barnburning storytelling are coming together right now, and it made me excited about reading (even though I was, you know, already pretty jazzed about that, in general).
- Over at TIME, James Poniewozik talks about what "hashtag activism" does well, using #IfTheyGunnedMeDown: But #IfTheyGunnedMeDown was a simple, ingenious DIY form of media criticism: direct, powerful, and meaningful on many levels.
- The #sharkweekreads hashtag is full of some great stuff. A Farewell to Arms, y'all. A FAREWELL TO ARMS.
- Andrew W.K. has an advice column (?!) and he wrote an actually pretty great answer to a kid fighting with his right-wing dad.
- Hey NBA: we're coming for you. The Spurs hired a female coach, and the players union hired a BAMF: "My past," she told the room, "is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on."
- I don't think I've seen even half of the Step Up franchise, but even I know Vulture nailed it with #1 on this list of its dance numbers, ranked. (Becca, who has seen them all, agrees.)
- The U.S. Department of the Interior has a really quite stunning Instagram account.
- The Academy's initial tribute to Robin Williams was beautiful and perfect.