NB, Tulum: A Links Round-Up

Happy Friday, everyone! I have had a stupid week and am psyched for it to be over! So here are some links, as ever, for your delectation and delight.

First and most importantly, Book Blogger Appreciation Week is NEXT WEEK. I’ll be hosting a Twitter chat on Tuesday at 9 PM EST, and the blogosphere at large will be squeeing about our love for each other all week long. Don’t miss it.


I admit this has nothing to do with anything, but Caity Weaver’s GQ profile of Justin Bieber is magic.

It’s unsettling to share a personal story, or ask a long-winded question, and be met with Justin Bieber’s silent, cool-eyed stare the entire time you’re talking. Justin Bieber makes eye contact like a person who has been told that eye contact is very, very important.

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings is a fantastic blog that you should be following if you’re not already. Here she is on Aubrey Beardsley’s weird, attenuated illustrations for Oscar Wilde’s weird, attenuated play Salome.

Survey says: Publishing is super white. Dit dit dit. Alert the presses to this breaking news.

An interview with Frances Hardinge, author of The Lie Tree which DAMMIT I still haven’t read. It looks sooooooo goooooooood.

Why you can mash up Hamilton with litrally anything.

So, I am perfectly willing to believe, if given sufficient reason to do so, that multiple regression analysis is a garbage statistical method. On the other hand, this reads like Mickey Rooney in his latter years so I have grave concerns about its validity. THIS IS THE PROBLEM WITH NOT KNOWING EVERYTHING.

Elif Batuman on passing for Muslim in Turkey.

NPR’s Code Switch compiles a round-up of responses to Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and new video “Formation.”

Rebecca Solnit on the CDC’s alcohol recommendations for women and the men who are missing from the narrative.

  • Jeanne

    You have made my day better by linking to the article that shows me Jim from IT as King with the George II lyric “I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love.”

  • helen from a gallimaufry

    I HAVE read The Lie Tree, and you really should read it very soon. It’s so great that she won the Costa Book Award!

    I liked the Elif Batuman article, thank you. 🙂 I don’t have anything interesting to say. It’s Friday night, I’ve had three six-year-olds roaring about and decorating cakes, and I actually did a spot of cleaning for the first time in a fortnight, is it any wonder I don’t have anything interesting to say? Happy weekend!

    • I WANT TO but it’s not out in America yet. Still. It may never be out in America, considering how long I feel that I have been waiting for it. :/

      Happy weekend to you too! I hope the six-year-olds’ cakes came out fantastic, and that you survived the experience and the resulting (presumably) sugar highs. :p

  • Stefanie@SoManyBooks

    I had a stupid week too, hooray for the weekend!

    Good gravy, how I love Rebecca Solnit

    • I hope your weekend was good! Mine was nice, though busy, and I am looking forward to a slightly quieter week this week.

  • That Hamilton fandom piece was so interesting! It is kind of amazing how you can take the show and slap it on top of just about any fandom and find something really interesting in the middle.

    • Definitely. It’s got so many lyrics in it, for one thing, and for another thing it’s full of lovely universal themes. What a great show.

  • Kristen M.

    Looking forward to the BBAW Twitter chat!

  • That Bieber description – oh god, so hilarious!! Funny how many surveys are going around to show that Hollywood and the publishing world are very white. They are hot news for a day and then a few weeks later, another comes along. #WeNeedToDoSomethingAboutItAlready

    • I know, exactly! There are always these surveys, telling us many many MANY times the same information that we already know. :/ (Still, I’d rather have them than not have them.)

      • I agree with that! Better to have awareness than none at all.