- At the Guardian: Forgotten fairytales slay the Cinderella stereotype. "“Here at last is a transformation that promises real change in our understanding of fairytale magic,” says Tatar, who has translated Schönwerth’s stories for a new Penguin edition called The Turnip Princess. “Suddenly we discover that the divide between passive princesses and dragon-slaying heroes may be little more than a figment of the Grimm imagination.”" PUT IT IN MY EYEBALLS RIGHT NOW. RIGHT NOW.
- At the Mary Sue: From Diana To Danvers: What Can We Expect From The New Female-Led Comic Movies? "If DC will only have faith in Wonder Woman’s resonance as an envoy for gender equality (Hera knows they’ve a better chance with her than ‘Patience Phillips’), and Marvel can give us a lead heroine as self-assured as Tony Stark or Steve Rogers, it’ll be a huge step in the right direction."
- At BoingBoing: Tights with Poetry. I LOVE THEM I WANT THEM I NEED THEM.
- At mental_floss: The 10 Coolest Dinosaur Discoveries of 2014. #2 is especially fabulous. (Speaking of dinosaurs, I finally saw Guardians of the Galaxy (dinosaurs-->Jurassic Park-->Chris Pratt-->Guardians of the Galaxy), and I CRIED AND CRIED. AND THEN I CRIED SOME MORE. Yeesh.)
- From the AV Club: Jules Feiffer’s Kill My Mother and the perils of being a living legend. "Thankfully, Kill Your Mother is good. Really good. It has a few tricks up its sleeve, but it’s not overly concerned with reinventing the wheel. It seems on first blush as if it’s going to be a pallid, sepia-toned period piece, but it dodges that bullet (so to speak) by maintaining a jaunty, skeptical tone throughout. It bills itself as a modern noir, down to the brutal title and gray scale ink-wash art, but it’s not, not really." WAAAAAAAAAANT.
- At the Atlantic: 'Literally,' Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren't Destroying English.
Porch: Does the comma go inside the closed quotation mark or outside?
Pinker: If I ruled the world, it would go outside.
Porch: That’s terrible. It looks terrible!
Pinker: Our British cousins don’t find it that ugly.
Porch: It looks untidy. It looks like a bedroom with clothes all over the floor.
Pinker: Your aesthetics may have been shaped by a lifetime of seeing it in the American pattern, but this would be a case in which any aesthetic reaction should be trumped by logic. Messing up the order of delimiters in a way that doesn’t reflect the logical nesting of their content is just an affront to an orderly mind.
YES YES YES YES YES.