This Week in Links 68

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.

  • This has been a tough week, y'all. We've lost a lot of the greats.
  • It's Hamilton week over at Vulture. How to even choose what gift to highlight? 
  • This Guardian story on a Syrian refugee's stay with a single English woman -- told from both their perspectives -- is charming and funny and provides much needed humanity: Another thing that was unusual was the cookery books Helen has in her kitchen. In Syria your mum tells you how to cook, not a book. I also noticed people here wear their outdoor outfits even when they’re home. Why would anyone want to be in jeans when they don’t have to? The first couple of weeks were a bit strange for both of us, I think. Like the first few minutes in a football match, where both teams are a bit cautious of each other.
  • This Twitter feud between Emo Kylo Ren and Very Lonely Luke is bringing me a lot, like a lot, of joy.
  • Please watch Adele do carpool karaoke with James Corden. And then please let us know how to get in touch with Adele. Please. (This link also has an interesting interview with the James Corden producer who set it all up.)
  • President Obama just gave his last State of the Union speech last week. Mic has an interesting article on what's involved in being the "designated survivor" -- the member of the President's cabinet who doesn't attend the speech in case of a massive attack. And New York has an interesting article from Jon Favreau (no, not that one) on being Obama's speechwriter during the early days of the 2008 campaignSo I was in my apartment with everyone over, I've had a beer or two, but immediately I kick everyone out, I change over to Red Bull and coffee, and I walked down to the campaign at midnight and stayed up all night until about 10 or 11 a.m. the next day, and I wrote the JJ speech. And I finished the draft and for the first time, you know, Obama sees it and he's like, "I actually don't have that many edits. I think it's a pretty good speech."
  • Reading the ABCs from space -- man, science is cool.
  • Have You Seen My Helmet?
  • Sulagna Misra is so, so, so smart on the idea of the "Internet Boyfriend"If #banmen is a negative expression (what we don’t want), then the internet boyfriend is the positive version (what we do). They're not necessarily realistic examples. Instead, they’re examples of our shared fantasies — fantasies that no rom-com is able to give us.
  • As we've done on past MLK Days, we'll close out with Dr. King's Letter From Birmingham Jail. This year, we're adding a piece from Rachel Held Evans on the context of the letter, and this video of #MLKNOW, an event held in New York today. You need to hear these great artists reading his words aloud.