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.
- The usual Hamilton links (we will never be done with this, never):
- 'Hamilton' Is The Very Model Of A Modern Fast-Paced Musical (ahoy, data nerdery!)
- There's also this really gorgeous piece at the Toast on immigration, #blacklivesmatter, and this show: Elasticity of imagination doesn’t change what I know – that the Founding Fathers are not infallible gods to be worshipped. But it does allow me, and hopefully younger students who hear or see this musical, to start drawing connections between Miranda’s revolutionary Hamilton and current events.
- Everybody’s Invited to My All-Male, All-White Literary Panel!
- The Toast continues doing the Lord's work with this piece on the linguistics of fannish ship names.
- Here's an amazing story on a fake Egyptian city -- the set of a Cecil B. DeMille movie -- that's been buried in California for nearly 100 years.
- TWiL favorites Ta-Nehisi Coates and Lin-Manuel Miranda both won MacArthur Fellowships this year, and it's always nice for your faves to be officially recognized as geniuses. Coates was interviewed by a colleague at the Atlantic about the experience: I met Malala Yousafzai a couple of weeks ago. She's 17 and she already has a Nobel Peace Prize. Are you a loser in comparison to Malala Yousafzai?
- For Chicago Ideas Week, the city left books on L trains, turning the whole mass transit system into a Little Free Library. That is, in fact, a good idea.
- Here's a neat article about Peter Norman, the white silver medal winner in the famous photo from the 1968 Olympics, with the gold and bronze medal winners giving Black Power salutes: But then Norman did something else. "I believe in what you believe. Do you have another one of those for me ?" he asked pointing to the Olympic Project for Human Rights badge on the others' chests. "That way I can show my support in your cause." Smith admitted to being astonished, ruminating: “Who is this white Australian guy? He won his silver medal, can't he just take it and that be enough!".
- This video of a dinosaur doing an American Ninja Warrior course is the best thing you'll see all week.
- This haiku cycle describing a typical Law & Order episode is a work of goddamn ART:
Criminal justice system
These are their stories
- Two great maps: PopChartLab has another winner with a map of distilleries of Scotchy scotch scotch, and Atlas Obscura charts punny business names across America.
- Here's a really cool process story about illustrating one of Marvel's hip hop variant covers.
- Speaking of process, Vanity Fair looks at the production design of several historical TV shows.
- The Decider's Would You Rather last week was Bill Paxton or Bill Pullman. For the record, we're team Pullman: He is, along with generally being objectively more attractive than his Bill-mate Paxton, he has that thing. That affable charm that makes him equally suited to play president and pretty much everyone’s dad. Give me Pullman or give me death.