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To quote one of my favourite podcasters: WHAT A WEEK. And, like, self-centredly, I just mean that I've been busy, but also the usual calamity that is current events. Congrats to the Washington Capitals, though! (MW week = chance of random hockey talk.)
Book Related Things
Cover reveal for Unbroken, an anthology of stories featuring disabled teens written by disabled authors that's edited by Marieke Nijakamp.
Catch these book deals before they're gone:
By Your Side by Kasie West
The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Effect #1) by Rysa Walker
Pearl by Deirdre Riordan Hall
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YA Onscreen Things
Legally Blonde 3 will arrive in theatres on February 14, 2020.
Also in screen-adjacent things: the best Younger Easter eggs in its book tie-in, The Marriage Vacation.
Social Media Things
As the kids say, EYEBALLS EMOJI.
I've never watched Grease 2, but now I think I need to?
Grease is about a girl who changes everything about herself to win a guy who’s kinda dumb.— erinspace (@erinscafe) June 7, 2018
Grease 2 is about a girl who works at a garage, says “I kiss who I want when I want” and ends up dating her tutor. And it’s directed by a woman.
Leave that girl alone, she’s doing fine. https://t.co/f1g2RKGVEa
Give your male kids books about girls.— Leila Sales (@LeilaSalesBooks) June 6, 2018
Give your white kids books starring POC.
Give your able-bodied kids books with disabled characters.
Don't think "these books are important for people who need to see themselves represented." These books are important for all of us.
I kind of love this. Fuck likability.
Likability is overrated. Characters do not need to be likable. What they need to be is interesting and understandable. Readers do not have to approve of your characters' actions, but they DO have to understand at a deep level why they're doing them.— Fonda Lee (@FondaJLee) June 6, 2018
A couple of librarian themed "What do you do?" tweets.
"What do you do?"— Lousy Librarian (@LousyLibrarian) June 5, 2018
"I'm a librarian."
"Uh-oh, should I be quiet?"
"Yes, but that has nothing to do with my being a librarian." https://t.co/oMLH0GVwye
“What do you do?”— adrianne (but not rocky’s) (@adriannemkarpo) June 5, 2018
“I’m a librarian.”
“You know libraries are going extinct, right? You can find everything on Google now.”
“Google won’t find your dead body.” https://t.co/6Wwim1HLT4
There's an Infinity War joke in here -- not a plot spoiler, but it refers to a quote -- so proceed at your own risk. (The reward is a Cap glow up.)
Out of Print has a great collection for LGBTQ+ Pride, and yes, THERE BE UNICORNS.
Torrid has a new Pixar collection.
Also in swag: I've been told that this is a great Troop Beverly Hills shirt.
Still have money to burn? How about some I Love Lucy Pops?
Very cool: this teenager and her brother created a 'panic button' app for people experiencing mental or physical illness. (Look at the third member of their team, omggggg.)
Oh, good; Miss America is eliminating the swimsuit competition. So they'll only be judging women on everything else while pitting them against each other in a competition, NEAT.
Related, an interesting take: "Body Positivity Is a Scam".
The best part about "Philosopher's Stone and chill" being the new "Netflix and chill" is the tacit agreement that the Sorcerer's Stone name change is bullshizz.
One small but often overlooked aspect of a conference for wearers of skirts and dresses: CHAIRS. (The replies to the Rainbow Rowell tweet from which I found the article are a good read, too.)
An attempted robbery in London was thwarted by an Avenger IRL.
That's it for this week. Feel free to share your thoughts on these or any links we may have missed in the comments below!