Two weeks’ worth of linky randomness!
Farhad Manjoo, Slate.com’s tech writer, has been on a bit of tear about independent bookstores for ages now. He’s generally anti, and thinks we’re much better served by Amazon and similar online retailers. But here’s his latest, in which he proposes a way for the indies to save themselves.
This one’s a slightly over-dramatic article about why the beer world “desperately” needs sommeliers. Cute nonetheless.
Oh my gosh, you guys. Have I ever told you how much I adore TVTropes.com? It’s one of the best things (along with xkcd and Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” tumblrs) about the entire internet. I stumbled across this page, dedicated to enumerating every single one of the multiplicitous Chekhov’s Guns in the entire Harry Potter series, and it’s AMAZING. (TVT, bless ’em, makes sure that any spoilers are hidden; highlight them to see what they refer to.) Oh and fair warning: TVT is probably the most addictive thing I’ve ever come across, links-wise, so don’t click through unless you’ve got some free time or WAY more self-control than I have.
Challies wrote a sensible article reflecting on a kerfluffle a couple years ago involving breastfeeding mothers at Victoria’s Secret and, I think, correctly diagnoses our cultural weirdness with the body. (If you don’t know the story, it’s like the punchline to a bad joke: VS salesfloor rep tells nursing mama she’s not allowed to breastfeed in the store. Meanwhile, nearly-naked, photoshopped models gaze seductively down from their life-sized posters on every wall. You know, because that makes sense. And honestly, don’t people know by now that if you pull a stunt like this you end up with five thousand breastfeeding women in every single branch of your store staging a nurse-in in protest? Hell hath no fury, y’all.)