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:
- To celebrate the anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama performed The Evolution of Mom Dancing, Part 2 with Jimmy Fallon and got down with the So You Think You Can Dance all-stars. Regardless of your political leanings, I think we can all agree that if Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected, First Dude Bill Clinton will have some big shoes to fill.
- The New York Times, the paper of record, sent Andres Serrano -- the Piss Christ guy -- to photograph an Angora Rabbit show. And then, if that was not weird enough, they wrote a quiz to determine which bunny you are, based on your answers to a series of ethical dilemmas. I am not making this up.
- Jonathan Franzen is gonna need some ice for the serious burn he got from the Audobon Society.
- Lapham's Quarterly doing the invaluable work of making a chart of famous people insulting each other.
- HuffPost follows up the piece we linked to last time about the use of punctuation (or lack thereof) in tweets with "The Kids Are ALL-CAPS," about, you guessed it, the use of capitalization in tweets: This is Caps Lock as a permanent state, apt for any mood or topic. It's a somewhat avant-garde idea. The Caps key is hardly considered an enabler of nuance. Those who would see it banished cite the inflexibility of the emotion most associated with it, outrage. Even visually, we describe blocks of all-caps writing as insurmountable: a wall of text.
This stuff is fascinating, y'all. Where do I register for the Twitter Linguistics seminar?
- To continue the theme of nerding out over language, the New Yorker asks, "What Part of 'No, Totally' Don't You Understand?"
- Roxane Gay on Walter Scott: I am so tired of writing about this kind of murder, this kind of injustice. Words feel utterly useless. I recognize the luxury of such exhaustion.
- To celebrate Major League Baseball's opening day, TIME shares photos of the real-life players of the All-American Girls Professional Ball League. I, who have never once slid into a base in my life, much less in a skirt, am completely in awe of these women and wish this league had endured.
- A Tumblr called medievalpoc has a great post, with a lot of great links, on the history of people of color in London. Every person she mentions is someone I really want a movie about: This is about dodging accountability in that they chose a setting they assumed would have only white people in it, and then made that true. And that has happened so many times that the myth just keeps perpetuating itself.
- Want to have some deep feelings about Keanu Reeves? Sure you do.
- Help the Library of Congress solve the mystery of these uncaptioned photos from the early 20th century! Dude, this is the kind of problem librarians dream of.
- If, like us, you ever had a crush on an animated anthropomorphic fox or any other animated or illustrated character, this "Ode to #HotArchie" will really speak to you: But, bro. Bro, look at this fella. Look at ole’ Arch. Excuse me, Archie-kins. That’s the coolest way he’s ever held his guitar. And that side-eye, like he knows we want the whole face but ain’t no way we’re getting it yet. He is TEASING US. He’s got his chucks, a white tee, and gurrl that jawline.