This Week in Links 44

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:

  • You maybe heard about the Super Bowl thing that happened this week, and the controversy over whether footballs were properly inflated, a controversy that led to Tom Brady and a lot of supposedly serious sport casters saying the word "balls" a lot. Jimmy Kimmel brings us the truth about the matter. Becca is in raptures about this video.
  • Mikki Kendall has kicked off a project to crowdsource historic photos of people of color. The results already in showcase a lot of gorgeous, stylish people.
  • The New Yorker has a great profile of Lin-Manuel Miranda, the guy behind the Tony-winning musical In the Heights (and the musical version of Bring It On, which we both saw -- we here at TWiL HQ are big fans of Miranda). He's got a new musical about Alexander Hamilton: treasury secretary, dueler, America's first rapper. It sounds amazing. Once you're done with the profile, go watch him perform a song from it for the ObamasMiranda saw Hamilton’s relentlessness, brilliance, linguistic dexterity, and self-destructive stubbornness through his own idiosyncratic lens. It was, he thought, a hip-hop story, an immigrant’s story. 
  • The Daily Dot ran an interesting profile of Kate McKean, functionally "the Internet's literary agent," about her work shepherding blogs into books.
  • Tess Gerritsen's blog post on a screenplay she sold many years ago -- a screenplay that looks a lot like Gravity -- and the lawsuit she's pursuing against Warner Bros. regarding it -- is really interesting. There's a lot going on here.
  • This lady has read Goodnight Moon a bunch of times, and she has some concerns: This bedroom is enormous. There is no one, I think, who has not noticed this. As someone who has lived in apartments only slightly larger than “a little toy house,” it’s mildly vexing that this bedroom is the size of a banquet hall in Downton Abbey.
  • A male BuzzFeed writer wore makeup every day for five days, and his post about his experience, and others' reactions, is actually really thoughtful and interesting.
  • A professional recommends some bourbon and Girl Scout cookie pairings. Goddamn, is being an adult great.
  • saved by the bell hooks. oh tumblrs that combine pop culture with serious academic discourse, I will love you always. (Also, see this celebration of baby feminist Jessie Spano.)
  • Two links about periods: the Guardian on why the taboo about talking about menstruation hurts us all, and VICE on the difficulties homeless women face.
  • The sixth and final season of Justified has started. Sam Elliott's playing a bad guy this season (dreams really do come true!), and this Vulture interview with him about Justified, facial hair, kids these days, his farm, etc. is really something: We’re all a bunch of lazy bastards. We’re too lazy to shave anymore. I see all these people with 12 o’clock shadows or whatever they’re supposed to be. They’re on every TV show, and now it’s in commercials as well. It’s like, Jesus Christ! I was one of the first guys who grew hair on his face in the old days. There’s a lot of weird shit going on out there these days that I don’t understand. 
  • Nobody Lives Here