This Week in Links 73

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.

  • Fortune has picked Dr. Carla Hayden -- who President Obama has nominated to be the next Librarian of Congress (get on that, Senators) -- as one of their World's Greatest Leaders.
  • This lady on Spain's Got Talent is full of surprises.
  • Interesting interview with YA author Anna Breslaw on portraying sex in YA and in fanfiction: For teens whose sexual interests lie outside of whatever’s being discussed or not discussed at their schools, joining fanfic communities — and reading fiction in general — is one way to explore. Which is why the way sex is discussed within these fictional settings matters. 
  • New research shows that much of the book-buying being done right now is by millennial women who read Harry Potter as teens and are now grown, and we're shaping the trends for what books go really big.
  • Um, Syfy made a movie where members of 90s boybands team up to fight zombies in the Old West? I had to Google to confirm this was real, but yes, it is.
  • I greatly enjoy the Actual Teen vs. Adult Teen Tumblr. This weirds me out in all movies/TV shows, even though I understand why you don't want to hire minors if you don't have to.
  • Jennifer Weiner in the New York TimesIn this strangest of primary seasons, women exist primarily in terms of their relationships to the men they marry or question or critique. They can either be beauties or beasts or "the love of my life." They can be "crazy" or "losers," "fat pigs" or "dogs."
  • #HowDoYouSeeMe
  • An interview with children's book author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.
  • This month marks 20 years since "MMMBop." Yes, 20 years. The grim specter of death comes for us all: Interestingly, "MMMBop" was actually too high [the notes] by the time it was recorded for Middle of Nowhere! And we were playing it lower on our first tour.