This Week in Links 71

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.

  • Disappointed to find sexism in even the Oxford Dictionary, that most sacred of texts.
  • In better reference news, I just wanna roll around in this thesaurus of colors.
  • Two great Harry Potter links: Venn diagrams (you know we love charts), and the adventures of Hogwarts' new IT guyPlease. If you need something fixed send me a text, not a bird.
  • What It’s Really Like to Work in Hollywood* (*If you’re not a straight white man.) is a damning piece from the New York Times where actors, writers, directors -- famous people you've heard of -- talk in their own words about their experiences.
  • Two great stories about famous people reaching out to kids: Kendrick Lamar took some kids from Compton (his old neighborhood) to the Grammys, and John Lewis attended a meeting of the Free Minds Book Club, a book club for incarcerated youth in Washington, DC.
  • Stephanie Toti is a badass we should be paying attention to -- she's representing Texans' right to choose at the Supreme Court right now, and as a young Latina lawyer, her opponents consistently, infuriatingly, underestimate her: As the case wound its way through the lower courts, Toti repeatedly had to remind the Texas attorneys that she is the lead counsel on the case. But they consistently directed communications to her co-counsel -- a taller, slightly older man from the international law firm Morrison & Foerster. "They would always reach out to him and not even 'cc' me," she said. "I would get back to the lawyers and say, 'Here is our position,' and the next time they would go back to him anyway." 
  • TIME looks at some of TV's greatest female friendships.
  • Talk about a real Sophie's choice: Who's Worse, Ross Gellar or Ted Mosby?
  • This video of how Oscar statuettes get engraved is pretty interesting (and features Leonardo DiCaprio doing a remarkable imitation of a chill, friendly guy).
  • Playbill has a neat piece on what's involved in some of the theatre jobs behind the scenes, like the company manager (who coordinates with the Secret Service so Obama can see Hamilton).
  • Virginia McLaurin meets the Obamas