I’ve been immersed in politics this week, and as I try to avoid blogging about that directly (the occasional vitriolic aside is more than enough), I’m straining a bit to come up with some fun links. But here goes.
- First, the depressing: The stubborn insistence of singer Chris Brown’s young female fans on defending his abuse of Rihanna is depressing as hell but, as Amanda Marcotte explains, not all that surprising. I wish people were better at taking her conclusion to heart: it is possible to separate art from the artist, so even if you can’t bear to give up the former, you shouldn’t feel compelled to justify the latter.
- This New York Times profile of provocateur Stephen Colbert and his new super PAC is fascinating. I still feel uncomfortable with some of his exploits, but that is, of course, the point.
- The website Small Demons is still in beta, so I can’t explore its maps of common reference points throughout literature for myself, but this article about it in The Guardian has me very intrigued. It looks like a great spot to waste a few hours. (Via The New Yorker‘s Book Bench.)
- Michelle Collins’s rambling, self-conscious rant about some questionable casting decisions for the Les Misérables movie is kind of insane but absolutely hilarious if you, too, spent a few years obsessed with the musical and still know pretty much all the lyrics by heart. (Ahem.)
- This four-year-old dinosaur aficionado cannot be fooled by your scientifically inaccurate toy! She’s my new hero.