Link Love

Here are some of my favorite things I found around the internet this week:

  • If you are a fan of Bravo and a fan of podcasts, you’ve probably heard of “Watch What Crappens.” If not, this interview provides a nice introduction. I do a happy dance every time a new episode is released and it makes me laugh out loud in public (never a good idea on the quiet car of the MARC train) and watch more Bravo shows than I already did just to get the context of their jokes. I like it so much that I recently became a patron via Patreon for the very first time to show support and get access to the bonus content. It’s hilarious.
  • I actually found this last week, but I have a feeling I will be revisiting it for a while. Each year, NPR puts out their best-of lists, and they are always chock full of excellent recommendations. If the library revokes my card for placing too many holds at once, this list is to blame.
  • I really enjoyed this article about Jane and Kurt Vonnegut and how she helped his writing ambitions come to fruition.
  • Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, you’ve likely heard of the Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer. If you haven’t watched it, here is a nice intro and I seriously recommend that you check it out. I won’t go into where I landed on Steven Avery’s guilt, but I will say that it literally kept me on the edge of my seat and I’ve thought about it every day since.

Happy perusing and happy weekend!

Stuff You Missed in History Class: The Dyatlov Pass Incident

One of my favorite podcasts featured one of my favorite conspiracy stories!

In 1959, nine students ventured into the Ural mountains for a ski hiking trip, and never returned. While much speculation has swirled for more than half a century, no one knows for certain what caused them to abandon their camp to die in the cold.

While many have argued that there are perfectly reasonable explanations for what happened to the hikers, conspiracy theories abound regarding the states of the bodies when found, the radiation traces on their clothing, the likelihood (or lack thereof) of paranormal and/or extraterrestrial activity, and the reaction of the Russian government to the investigation.

The incident has inspired films, books, documentaries, and overall creepiness. Which makes this podcast an ideal listening experience for my aforementioned desire to scare myself this month.

Link Love

Here are my favorite things I found around the internet this week:

  • Unless you were hanging out under a rock yesterday, you are probably aware that the much anticipated trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey made its debut:
  • Entertainment Weekly had a fun article comparing the trailer to the book. Not gonna lie, my interest is piqued.
  • Ira Glass discussed how he works in an article on Lifehacker. I really liked this bit:

    Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers/fans?

    I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.

  • A friend shared this article about book hoarding and I found it really relateable and interesting.
  • NPR had an interesting piece on the increasing profitability of self-publishing.
  • Why readers, scientifically, are the best people to fall in love with.
  • I really liked this BookRiot article on “How Reading Out Loud Almost Saved My Marriage.” I love reading to people and being read to. It’s probably part of why I loved Fangirl so much.
  • This week’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast features a really interesting conversation about geography (specifically the middle of the continental U.S.) and a few of my favorite authors.
  • The Rumpus featured an interesting take on the romance fiction genre & feminism.

Happy perusing and happy weekend!