First: Let me say that my thoughts are, of course, with everyone affected by the terrible killings in Oregon; my dad has worked at a community college my whole life so this one hit close to home, emotionally. But I don't have anything interesting or unique to say about it, so I'll just say that I'm proud of my President and I hope, though I don't necessarily expect, that laws will change.
And now I'm going to proceed with my usual happy Friday links. Please take this in the spirit in which it is intended: a positive distraction for anyone who might need it, rather than a sign of disrespect.
Me elsewhere: Code Black was kind of boring.
ICYMI, I pulled out some of the best lines from Choire Sicha's Ina Garten profile.
This is amazing: the linguistics of shipper portmanteaux.
I loved this celebration of Goodfellas. Why am I not watching Goodfellas RIGHT NOW?
If you, like me, were confused about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writing a Mycroft Holmes novel, I recommend this profile.
Food Network is doing a Cake Wars: Christmas series this year, because they love us and want us to be happy.
The shots of old catalogs in this piece on American Girl dolls made me so nostalgic I almost cried.
I want an Alice Roosevelt YA novel: Global Diplomacy Was in Theodore Roosevelt's Hands, But His Daughter Stole the Show
Would also read a novel about this lady: Way to go: the woman who invented Britain’s road signs
Whoaaaa, look at this map of literature. (I have some nitpicks with it, but it's GORGEOUS.)
I am very excited about the prospect of a Game of Thrones coloring book.
Look at these gorgeous illustrations from a 16th century book on herbal medicine.
A Style Guide for the Dystopia