This Week in Links 35

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.

  • In our last link roundup, we expressed our indignation at experiencing a significantly less interesting library school curriculum than Buffy the Vampire Slayer watcher and school librarian Giles. Now we've set our green-eyed gazes on the real-life students of the University of Baltimore, who can now enroll in "Media Genres: Media Marvels," a class in which they'll be studying...you guessed it: the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • Duck Tales: great theme song or greatest theme song?
  • You've probably heard by now that Charles Blow came out as bisexual in his new memoir Fire Shut Up in My Bones and in an adapted essay posted on the NYT website, but the essay is so much more than that. It's powerful and it's moving and, at times, it's heartbreaking. Trigger warning for a description of childhood sexual assault.
  • The New Yorker has a fascinating piece on the histories of Wonder Woman and feminism, which are more intertwined than you knew.
  • What If You Just Don't Know If You Want Kids? Separating your baseline personal desires from other factors, like the relationship you’re in at the moment or where your career stands, is a phenomenally difficult task. Not to mention the societal pressure. Despite the ever-increasing feminist influence on the mainstream, conventional wisdom still says that motherhood is womanity’s highest calling...At the same time, young women get a loud and clear message that parenthood is tough. Really tough.
  • Despite our shared name, I've never finished Rebecca. Carrie Frye at Gawker has shown me the error of my ways with this mic-drop worthy literary criticism.
  • Laura Miller of Salon says "[it's] OK to admit that H.P. Lovecraft was racist." We live in a culture increasingly dominated by fandoms, and while the enthusiasm of fans can be invigorating it’s not always conducive to critical thought. When we love a writer’s work...we often have an attendant and childish desire to idolize its maker.
  • On the subject of reactionary fandom: Have geeks become their own worst enemies? The essence of confidence is the ability to handle critiques and the existence of challengers with grace and security in your own position.
  • This piece on "fingerprint words" may make you self-conscious. Or, if you're like me, delighted. Of course, if you're like me, you may overuse the word delightful.
  • Photographer Sandro Miller has recreated iconic portraits using John Malkovich as his subject. Target audience: Becca.
  • The Toast's Mallory Ortberg takes us inside the Oval Office. Teddy Roosevelt's Oval Office.