I Am an Aunt: A Links Round-Up

I’m an aunt, y’all! Wooooooooo! Truly it is the happiest of Fridays! Though I can’t transmit my joy directly into your brains, I will nevertheless do my best to give you some happiness in the form of excellent links. Enjoy!

In case you missed it, I wrote a fandom vocabulary primer for the Oxford Dictionaries blog.

The goddess Alexandra Petri (the woman who brought us Emo Kylo Ren) outlines the Great American Novel.

A history of Harry Potter fandom.

The Seattle Seahawks made a loud noise about the statement they were planning to make before their opening game, but what they said was a whole lot of nothing.

“Modern patriotism has become Kabuki citizenship”: Wesley Morris burns the house down, per usual, in this piece on Colin Kaepernick for the New York Times; as does Rembert Browne for NYMag. These Grantland alums, I’m telling you!

If you believe that a frown is a thing you do with your mouth, this article is going to mess you up.


I know it’s sad when a marriage ends, but also, my first instinct was to be excited for whatever Sam Donsky and Anne Helen Peterson were going to have to say about it, and they did not disappoint. I am just so fascinated by celebrity narrative-crafting.

Kiese Laymon on what the American flag means to him.

It’s time to retire the Rom-Com Bitch, says Bim Adewunmi, with an admirably thorough analysis that includes MY BELOVED While You Were Sleeping.

  • Jeanne

    I was less startled by the idea of frowning with the forehead, and have been trying to figure out why. I think it’s because of an association with “frownies,” the pieces of tape that some of my older female relatives would put on their foreheads at night.
    Many congratulations on your aunthood!

  • Amanda

    Congratulations auntie!

  • Kailana

    Congratulations!! Memory told me about the Kate Bishop comic. I am excited!

  • Akilah


    Also, “canonicity” is my new favorite word, and I would watch the LMNOP out of a GBBO with the Avengers as the cast. Yes.

  • Congratulations to you & your family!

  • Enjoy that little bundle! 🙂

  • Stefanie@SoManyBooks

    congratulations on becoming an auntie!

    Frowns, downturned mouth. I don’t know how one can frown with their forehead. Yes, furrowed brow, like the article author said, but a furrowed brow alone does not a frown make. Those Brits are so weird! 😉

  • JeanPing

    When I was a tot, there was a song that had clearly been written, at the very latest, by 1950. It went “If you chance to meet a frown, do not let it stay, quickly turn it upside down and smile that frown away! No one likes a frowning face, change it for a smile, make the world a better place by smiling all the while!” So, there’s your proof right there.

    That Great American Novel thing is hysterical and a thing of beauty. (Am I the only one who thinks of the GAN as a Platonic ideal–there isn’t one, and there never will be, but some folks keep trying?)

    Congrats on attaining aunthood! Yay babies! Babies are great.

  • Kim Aippersbach

    Congrats! Being an aunt is the best!

    Thanks for sending me back to Emo Kylo Ren, which I hadn’t checked in a while. I needed that belly laugh.

  • Congratulations!!!

  • Read Diverse Books

    I’ve been an uncle several times now so I know the feeling. 😀 Congrats, Jenny.
    The article on frowning was really interesting. Once all the older British people are out of the picture, they will stop confusing a frowning mouth with a mustache!

  • Awesome! Congratulations to you and your sibling!

  • Christy

    Congratulations on being an aunt! I appreciated the essays on patriotism and CK’s protest. I have been rather riled about the backlash.

  • Citizen Reader

    Way to go, aunty! Now go hold that baby if possible so the baby’s mother can sleep. Blessed sleep.
    I have largely avoided reading anything Brangelina-related, but you got me with those links. Blast you! Ah, who am I kidding, I wasn’t going to do anything productive with the five minutes I spent reading those anyway.

  • Congrats Jenny!! 🙂 I am very jealous of the baby, you will be the coolest of cool aunts. I have two but neither reads, my greatest regret is having the wrong aunts!

  • Heather

    Congratulations on becoming an aunt!!

  • Katy

    I’m shocked to see that everyone here thinks of a frown as a mouth thing. I’m American, in my early thirties, and I think of a frown as a furrowed brow. I had no idea there was more than one meaning.

  • Congratulations! I am here to tell you that being an aunt is the actual best thing EVER and you will fall in love with that little person more than you ever thought it was possible to love another human. And then, when you’re ready to do the next thing in your day, you get to give the person back to its parents and go on your merry way. 🙂 Have I mentioned it’s the best?