Some Literary Weird (and Cool)

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I may be glad to be with the family…but I sure am missing my Baltimore office!

I’m currently in Texas visiting the Mead side of my Mead-Brewer family. It’s always a joy, but it’s a particular joy right now since I got to catch the final performance of my mother’s production of To Kill a Mockingbird with Allen’s Community Theatre—she’s a fantastic actress, playwright, and director—and then discuss publication possibilities with my father—an equally fantastic biology teacher, adventurer, and photographer—who is currently thinking about writing a book on evolution (which couldn’t come at a more ideal time given his connection paleoanthropologist to Dr. Lee Burger and the recent Rising Star cave discovery in South Africa).

So! To celebrate the fun of having and getting to visit with such a weird and creative family, I wanted to share with you all just a few instances of Literary Weird (and Cool!) to brighten and strange-up your day:

Rose Eveleth’s Smithsonian article, “There Are Whales Alive Today Who Were Born Before Moby Dick Was Written

In Alaska’s North Slope, the population of bowhead whales seems to be recovering. But that’s really not the coolest part of this Alaska Dispatch story. Instead, it’s…

Krishnadev Calamur’s Atlantic article, “Reading It for the Articles: Playboy magazine will no longer carry nudes

Next March, Playboy magazine will reveal a new redesign. What the magazine will no longer be revealing: nudes.

It’s a change the company is attributing to the ease with which nudity and pornography are available online.

“That battle has been fought and won,” Scott Flanders, the company’s chief executive, told The New York Times, which reported the story Tuesday morning. “You’re now one click away from every sex act imaginable for free. And so it’s just passé at this juncture.” …

Sue Thomas’ Orion article, “10 Words Technology Borrowed from Nature

1. Ecosystem. The internet is often described as an ecosystem (or a sky, or a park, or a jungle), and many of its parts are named after the natural world. …

Jillian Capewell’s Bustle article, “11 Short Story Collections For Your Inner Magical Weirdo, Which You Should Embrace Wholeheartedly

It’s easy to understand why some people idealize childhood. Kids are expected — nay, encouraged! — to use their growing brains to think up stories, create castles out of blocks and crayon masterpieces from blank paper, turn a pointed finger into a laser gun. Getting older generally means trading in those skills for a focus on practicality.

This is not without its benefits. Life is more manageable when you no longer believe there is an evil troll hungry for your eyeballs living beneath your bed — but it does lose some of its charm, doesn’t it? …

Victoria McNally’s MTV News article, “Celebs Shakespeare-ifying Pop Songs Is Your New Favorite Thing

These days you only ever encounter the works of William Shakespeare in high school English class (and every now and then, on the big screen), but while the Bard was clearly a genius, he wasn’t as stuffy and classical as your teacher would have you believe. …

Have a weird day!


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