Afternoon links: December 28

Last night it got so cold in the house that Lemon slapped me in the face at about 2 in the morning so that I'd lift up the blankets so she could crawl under and snuggle.

Which she did.

HAPPILY, she was NOT carrying a half-dead mouse this time.


  • SPEAKING of Christmas miracles, The Sims 4 is on sale at the PlayStation store. (Yes, I bought it. No, I haven't been able to stop playing since it finished installing. Yes, I got up at 5 this morning in order to play a little before work. WHY IS MICROMANAGING A PRETEND PERSON'S LIFE SO MUCH MORE ENTHRALLING THAN MICROMANAGING MY OWN LIFE???)
  • At the LA Times: No more library fines for most young readers in L.A. County. "But local libraries are providing a way out for such book lovers, and creating new lures for other children, who haven’t caught the reading bug, by doing away with late fees, automatically signing up students for library cards through their schools and allowing them to “read away” their fines and fees." While we do charge for items that are lost or damaged, my library, thankfully, doesn't charge fees—we have a Guilt Can that people can throw change in if they feel guilty—and having worked in both the fine and fine-free model, I'm WAAAAAAY more in favor of the fine-free model. In large part because rather than feeling PUT UPON AND CRANKY about having to pony up 20¢, patron feel GENEROUS AND CHEERFUL about jamming a buck into the tin. BUT THAT'S JUST MY OPINION.
  • At Electric Lit: 46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018
  • At Open Culture: The Favorite Literary Work of Every Country Visualized on a World Map. WHY DO I LOVE THESE THINGS SO MUCH?? ALSO, WHY IS TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD THE PICK FOR THE UNITED STATES? (Don't answer that; rhetorical question.)
  • At Feministing: 2017 Recap: Our Favorite Feminist Films.
  • I haven't been on Twitter much today, but I did see that Joyce Carol Oates and Alyssa Milano appear to currently be the standard bearers for White Feminism™ and the amazing, amazing editorial notes on the cancelled M*lo Y. book.

That's all for now, I have to go start my car so I don't freeze to death on the way home!

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