This Week in Links 64

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.

  • Exciting new updates about the anthology we're a part of (Wendy Davis!!!).
  • Being asked to participate in a photoshoot like this is pretty much the ideal level of fame.
  • Here's a lovely story on a project to photograph and interview older trans folks, including a lot of the photos and snippets of the interviews. What a great idea, what a necessary thing: "I think because there's this aging component and because there is this element about deciding how much something is worth to you with your own mortality in mind or deciding who you want to be, how you want to live, and realizing at some point the risks you've been so afraid of are worth taking," Dugan said.
  • Vox has a great profile of Sana Amanat. I really want to be her when I grow up.
  • Every Frame a Painting has a wonderful video explaining the genius of Buster Keaton, and how the film and humor techniques he invented are still used today (your favorite sight gag: Keaton was probably the first).
  • The New Yorker has a fantastic story about Megan Phelps-Roper -- yes, from the Westboro Baptist Church Phelps -- and how Twitter inspired her to leave her family's church. I read it days ago and I'm still thinking about it.
  • Tom and Lorenzo provide what is functionally a thesis paper on the fashions of Clueless. Get yourself to class: With these plaid looks (a motif Cher practically owns throughout the film, in at least a dozen costumes), it’s also a way of establishing the influence Cher and Dionne have over many of the other girls in the school. When you scan background characters in large scenes, you’ll see knockoff versions of these and other noticeable Cher and Dionne costumes.
  • Let's pair that wine with the cheese that is Paul Rudd dancing in his Ant-Man costume (yes that is a horrible forced joke, no I am not sorry).
  • NASA launched Voyager in 1977, and they included with it a "Golden Record," with sounds and images chosen by by a committee led by Carl Sagan, that would explain life on Earth to anyone who found Voyager. That record, which is traveling further from Earth than anything else we've ever created, will likely outlast all life on this planet. Fucking haunting, right?
  • We're both big fans of Richard Scarry over here at TWiL HQ, so here's a neat piece about the way his most classic book, Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever, was updated to be less gender normativeWomen who are bears can have jobs that were traditionally reserved for men. And men who are bears can wear ribbons in their hair.