Happy Sunday! I am full of giddiness this evening because I found that Netflix is streaming The Baby-Sitters Club show. FINALLY. I believe I checked a few years ago, but they didn't have it then. *sniffs* Oh, the nostalgia. That theme song. It's really weird watching the show after the age of six because all the characters look like kids to me now. My little-kid brain had remembered them as older teenagers, on the brink of adulthood. My parents had recoiled in horror at Mary Anne and Logan's relationship, and now (quite reluctantly so), I can see why they were so weirded out by the baby-faced Mary Anne smooching up the soft-jawed Logan.
- "Within each stereotype is a grain of truth." Many of us have heard this quote, which asks us to acknowledge that there is some validity within each stereotype. However, how far can we acknowledge the truth in a sweeping generalization before we start perpetuating it? From HuffPost, Roz Warren's "Dude Reads Like a Lady" article narrates his experience with the gender-specific preferences of library patrons, and uses it to send macho titles to soldiers overseas. When a patron overhears and protests his assumptions of what soldiers would like to read, Roz and his wife are dismissive. Ignored in the article are female soldiers serving overseas. Maybe they enjoy action thrillers too. My take on this? Throw in a few romance titles for the ladies and the folks who don't conform to a gendered reading prescription.
- Who would have thought that Catching Fire Is The First Film With A Female Lead To Top The Annual Box Office In 40 Years? WOW. The article makes a good point that Hunger Games: Catching Fire differs from some other movies that have featured female protagonists in the way that there are no male leads that the audience is equally invested in.
- MentalFloss offers a cool list of The Incredible Eccentricities of 20 Great Writers. I love peeking into the processes of other writers. My favorite eccentricities from this list are the fellow nudists - I'm so surprised that there are many!!! - and the pet lobster that Oscar Wilde kept on a leash on a walk down the street.
- You know how the British accent tends not to emphasize the hard "r" in words? Well! This article (also from MentalFloss) explains how the Americans lost their British accents. British-English actually used to have the hard "r" (and so did the American colonies). Eventually it became fashionable among the higher classes to speak non-rhotic English, and it just spread widely throughout England. So it's not really that the Americans lost their British accents, but more that the British lost their British accents.
- On HuffPost: Hitler's Mein Kampf Was A 2013 eBook Bestseller. This short article speculates on why Hitler's eBook is so popular, while print sales of the book remain the stagnant.
- Eyebrow Raise Alert: Rich Kids of Instagram novel in the works. The people behind the Tumblr account featuring the expensively extravagant lives of rich kids (via uploaded photos of parties, items, and more) are penning a novel based on the lives of rich teenagers. On top of that, there is also an inspired reality-TV show based off of the rich-ppl-pics. And so the rich get richer off of their riches.
- From our LifeHackers is a guide to Make a Chocolate Cake in Five Minutes and Just One Bowl. I am drooling already at the convenience of a DIY microwaveable cake. Yum!