My favorite finds from around the web:
• Reading Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel. “No doubt this debate will rage, or splutter, for years to come. Behind it you sense a surge of wishful thinking: “We could have saved her, had we been there.” It might be more cheering, though, to turn the plea on its head: “If only she were here now, to scrutinize our ills.””
• The 20 most satisfying cries on This Is Us, ranked. Will and I love this show. (How long do we have to wait for new episodes? Don’t answer that.)
• How Weird Al Yankovic removed the misogyny of ‘Blurred Lines’ by adding grammar lessons. I’m one of the millions of people who thought they “weren’t into” Weird Al but thought Word Crimes was fantastic. This behind-the-scenes peek into his process is fascinating. “A lot of my humor comes from glorifying the mundane, and I love to get a really bizarre juxtaposition. It was a sweet thing for me to be able to take that song, which is pretty sexually charged, and turn it into a song about proper grammar usage.”
• The Super Bowl champ, and the dying author who changed his life. “Your book ‘Exclamation Mark’ … changed my outlook on life. It taught me that it doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from—there is a place in this world for you. You just have to stay strong and keep moving forward. So I just wanted to credit you for having an impact on my life.”
On the blog:
One year ago: 10 favorite bookstagrammers to follow.
Two years ago: Book Club 101.
Three years ago: Books worth binge-reading.
Four years ago: What I’m really paying for when I pay $22 for lipstick.
Have a great weekend!