My cousin Holly and her friend Allie are visiting this weekend—a spur-of-the-moment trip before Holly starts her new job next week (yay!)—so I’ll have cool stuff to write about later. Tonight, for example, the girls and I went to go see Chicago, which I’d never seen onstage before, and we had a great time. In the meantime, links of the week!
- Apparently actor Topher Grace decided to learn more about film editing by cutting all three Star Wars prequels down into a single 85-minute movie. It could only be shown once at a private event (for the obvious legal reasons), but it sounds fascinating and remarkably non-awful, considering the source material.
- I try to avoid becoming fond of actors as people—you’re mostly falling for PR and your own projections, which is stupid—but this New York Times profile of Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm makes them sound so interesting and cool and sweet together that I’m sort of breaking my own rule.
- Vulture is doing a series determining the greatest TV drama of the past twenty-five years with March Madness–style brackets, and in the first round, The X-Files triumphed over The West Wing, which made very happy, partly because I think West Wing is overrated but mostly because David Lipsky, in making his case, beautifully captures so much of what I loved about The X-Files. Now I need to go reminisce with some old episodes!
- You probably have to be the sort of person who studied feminist literary theory in college (ahem) to really get into this, but I found this essay about the depiction—and celebration—of different forms of masculinity in The Hunger Games to be touching and thoughtful.
- I’m a little bit surprised that penguins can ride on passenger airplanes like people, but apparently, when they’ve been invited to attend a Discovery Channel premiere, allowances are made. It’s awfully cute. (Via Jezebel.)