Web coolness: What Liz is reading this week.

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Oh hey! It’s been a while since we brought you Web Coolness, our roundup of the stuff we’re reading and liking around the web. Well, we’re bringing it back to life, only different. (Kind of like a Pet Semetery thing, ha.)

It’s going to be more personal.  Think of it a little like an old school early-days blog post. Which I miss.

Kristen is going to do some as well, because hey, we read lots of different things.

I may share articles about pop culture, books, politics, parenting, design, world news, products I love, business news, personal inspiration… phew. There are lots of things I care about but I don’t always have time to write about them here. Maybe one or two of these links will interest you — maybe all of them. You never know!

Amplifying great writing and insight from other writers and content creators is always something I’ve enjoyed, and something we all value around here. I think we can learn more from one another by getting out of our lanes, so to speak.

Speaking of which, I am going to include the bylines as well as the publications I’m linking to. Because “The Washington Post” is not a person, and we want to better support writers. Besides, consciously looking at bylines and author names makes you (me) more aware of what you’re reading, who it’s coming from, and whether you (I) might want to diversify the old reading list a little bit more.

With that, here’s are some of the things I’m reading this week:

Hair Love, by Matthew Cherry

Why it’s so hard to be in the present – Tina Roth Eisenberg, Swiss Miss

Jenny Lawson’s TEDx Talk: Our Stories Set Us Free – Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess

What advice would you give to your high school self? – Karen Walrond, Chookooloonks

Women are shut out of the Best Director category at the Oscars for one reason – Eliana Dockterman, Time

Feminist books coming out in 2020 – Karla Strand, Ms. Magazine (h/t Morgan Jerkins)

Matthew Cherry’s Hair Love short (whose Kickstarter we plugged here) gets an Oscar nod, during a very not-diverse Oscars year – staff, Because of Them We Can.

Also, why Hair Love is so meaningful to so many girls – Wanna Thomppson, Hello Giggles

Angie Thomas’s YA novel “On the Come Up” is going to be a movie– Amanda N’Duka, Deadline

Oklahoma Tony-Winner Ali Stroker is narrating the audiobook of Sonia Sotomayor’s picture book! – staff, Broadway World

How one librarian tried to squash Goodnight Moon – Dan Koi’s, Slate (thanks Leslie!)

That Uplifting Tweet You Just Shared? A Russian Troll Sent It. – Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren, Rolling Stone

About sexism in the presidential campaign – Rebecca Traister, NY Magazine

The dubious science and undisclosed conflicts of interest from the makers of a big upcoming documentary about veganism – Layne Norton, BioLayne (h/t Jessica Shyba)

A reassuring thread about the words writers always get wrong, started by Jeff Bogle of OWTG on Twitter (Mine is “commitment” which dayum, I always spell “committment” before autocorrect comes along to help me out!)


Join our Facebook groups (Out Tech Your Kids, Recipe Rescue, Spawned Podcast Community) and you’ll probably even see lots of these articles and links first. Just saying…

Liz Gumbinner