This Week in Links 55

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.

  • So, since last we spoke here, America has had a week, right? White House photographer Pete Souza captured the moment Obama found out about the SCOTUS health care ruling. This David Remnick piece for the New Yorker, "Ten Days in June," is a great look at what a week of victories so late in Obama's presidency means for him. (BTW, Ten Days in June would be a pretty good name for the awards bait movie they're gonna make about this time.): The more Obama leads on this, the more he sheds his tendency toward caution—his deep concern that he will alienate as many as he inspires—the better. The eulogy in Charleston, where he spoke as freely, and as emotionally, as he ever has about race during his Presidency, is a sign, I think—I hope—that he is prepared, between now and his last day in office, to seize the opportunity.
  • NPR and librarians are a love story for the ages, obviously. They have a neat story about one of their Investigations Research Librarians (dream job alert), and how she tracked down U.S. military veterans who were exposed to mustard gas (veterans the VA itself said it couldn't find). They've also got a great story about librarians in the U.S. military during WWI.
  • TIME has some neat photo galleries celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland.
  • We often link to Mallory Ortberg at the Toast, but this time we're gonna link to her dad, and his piece for Christianity Today on CharlestonI have heard that verse from Isaiah many times. I have always taken it as a metaphor—“no weapon formed against you shall prosper.” Who would form a weapon against me?
  • Check out Librarian of Progress, a site dedicated to advocating for a Librarian of Congress (dream job alert) who's ready to take the LoC into the 21st century.
  • io9, asking the hard questions: Which DC Comics Character Has The Most Ridiculous New Costume?
  • Indy PopCon! had a Men in Comics panel to discuss the issues men face in the industry.
  • Patrick Gordon, who played Steed on the TV show The Avengers (unrelated to the Avengers we usually talk about here) died recently, and io9 has a great tribute to him, and his ability to convey that a real gentleman respects women: In fact, the fact that Emma Peel is frequently mentioned as a "feminist icon" is partly a tribute to Patrick Macnee’s ability to embody a version of the traditional English gentleman—one who’s comfortable having a powerful woman at his side. 
  • An Illustrated History Of Famous Men And Their Cats
  • What did we do to deserve Hayley Atwell?