This Week in Links 59

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.

  • Dream job alert: BookRiot did an interview with two artists who make maps of fictional worlds for fantasy books.
  • If you like Return Of The Jedi but hate the Ewoks, you understand feminist criticism: this is a very good point except, if you hate the Ewoks you are incorrect.
  • Like the Ewoks, the BB-8 is an extremely cute and great addition to the Star Wars universe (I mean, the movie hasn't come out, so we can't be SURE it's up to Ewok level, but go with me here). Please enjoy this video of puppies playing with a BB-8.
  • Sady Doyle wrote a great piece for Medium on the notion of politically correct comedyBut even if all you do is make them laugh, even if all you do is entertain them, there is that one, lingering problem. There is the power of art to inspire. 
  • Kwame Alexander's Coretta Scott King acceptance speech was outstanding, a meditation on art and children and blackness in America.
  • The New Yorker takes a look at the use of poison in Agatha Christie novels (she was trained as an apothecary, she knew what she was doing!).
  • This is a pretty fun list of comics "mixups," though you will NEVER convince me that #1 was an accident, never.
  • Friend of the show Matthew Jackson has a great piece at Blastr about the problem with people making superhero movies not liking for them to be called superhero movies: I'm tired of this illusion that you have to be "gritty" and "grounded" and "serious" to make a good superhero movie, as if you're the first person who ever thought to root these characters in some kind of reality. 
  • Famous works of Western art, now with cats. This is even better than dogs playing poker.
  • Oh man, Marvel's cosplay variant covers are amazing, and what a great tribute to some pretty amazing artists.
  • Neat story at the Washington Post about the six badass lady paleontologists who found the first bones belonging to Homo naledi, a new member of our genus. (Welcome, guys!)
  • This list of recommended comics for Veronica Mars fans is relevant to all of our interests.
  • Over at Vox, David Roberts has a great piece that's about tech guys not understanding politics but is really about what politics look like in America today, and why trying to accomplish things without understanding them doesn't work: Showing up means dealing with annoying people, many of whom are on your side. It means unpleasant compromises and second- or third-best solutions. But there's no way a new world can be born out of the old one without the midwifery of public policy. Musk may be several orders of magnitude smarter than most politicians, but politics is nonetheless the eye of the needle through which his enterprises must pass on their way to the promised land.
  • Connie Britton shares the secret to her amazing hair.