This Week in Links 54

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.

  • Oof, Charleston. A couple links worth your time: Jamil Smith on the power of black churches ("It gets harder to love thine enemy the more we come to know them"), Charles Blow on millennial terrorism ("Oh Fox, there is so much that needs explaining to you"), and Chloe Angyal on the power and danger of white womanhood ("It is on us to dismantle racism with just as much commitment as we dismantle sexism, for one cannot happen without the other").
  • So the rest of our links this week are going to be happy. Let's start with a blues cover of the theme song to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
  • It's the 40th anniversary of Jaws! You should read TIME's original review ("a case study in the recklessness, stubbornness, blindness and bravado that go into a Hollywood superproduction"), and then look at vintage photos of sharks. We here at TWiL HQ love us some sharks.
  • A librarian at the University of New Brunswick is living the dream: while digitizing materials, he found a copy of the original script of Star Wars in the library's archives.
  • You have probably already seen this story about the airport staff who found a boy's lost stuffed tiger and photographed it having adventures before sending it back to him, but you know what, read it again, it's still great.
  • Someone Went And Photoshopped Giant Cats Into 'Jurassic Park' Because The Internet
  • More cat news: the Alamo has a new official cat.
  • Channing Tatum did a Reddit AMA and he's everything you could ever want him to be. He is the platonic ideal of Channing Tatums. When asked about his perfect sandwich: k get ready: it's very complicated. bread, white. peanut butter, not crunchy, creamy. grape jelly, double portion, more than you think should actually fit on a piece of white bread. bread. and then some cheetos shoved in there, and then you're good to go. 
  • OK, a couple links that aren't just unadulterated happy. The Toast did an interview with @AfAmHistFail, the anonymous docent at a plantation home who tweets about her experiences giving tours: One of the best things a historic site can do is demonstrate the humanity of African-Americans. When cops are out shooting people because they find black people scarier or less sympathetic than white ones, anything museums can do to remind us that historic African-Americans were complex human beings with emotions and initiative is great. 
  • Over at BuzzFeed, Anne Helen Petersen looked at how In Touch magazine broke the Duggar news (calling sexual abuse of children a "scandal" offends our sensibilities) and how tabloids can actually use their poor reputation to do real investigative journalism. Some interesting stuff here on the business of tabloids and tips and paparazzi.
  • 538 looks at how the American Library Association's lists of the most frequently banned/challenged books and had issues with their data.
  • Let's close it out with another happy one: though we recently lost Christopher Lee (RIP, sir), you can still listen to him read Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," and it is beautiful.