Link Love


It’s been a while since I’ve done a Link Love post (though I have to say, not being on the Internet as much, while not conducive to these posts, has been nice!) I may drop this series to fewer times a month, so I’m not sucked into more hours spent online, but time will tell!

This week I’m back with a whole treasure trove of links for you all!

Reading for pleasure builds empathy and improves wellbeing, research from The Reading Agency finds
♥ New to the Teacup? Get to know me better thanks to 4 Things…
♥ Coming to the ‘burgh? Here’s where to find Pittsburgh’s best pierogies
22 Indisputable Reasons Pittsburgh is the Best City for Writers
Drinking tea — an act of revolutionary feminism
♥ I’m still not sure where I stand on trigger warnings in college, but I’m just going to leave these here: The Coddling of the American Mind, I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify MeI Was a Liberal Adjunct Professor, Saying Trigger Warnings ‘Coddle the Mind’ Completely Misses the Point — Where do you stand on the issue?
♥ Looking to publish your work? Wonderlust Literary Zine is accepting submissions through September 18th!
143 activities to add to your self-care plan
♥ Roman Holiday is a favorite of mine, so seeing this part of Audrey Hepburn’s screen test for Roman Holiday was a treat!
The Psychology of Inspirational Women: Batgirl
Punctuating Questions is Surprisingly Hard! Here’s how to make it way easier.
10 Reasons to Use Your Local Library
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy taught me about satire, Vogons, and even economics

In case you missed it…I just recently participated in my first Booktube-A-Thon, shared my favorite fictional vehicles spaceships, and discussed one of my favorite books of 2015 — The Rest of Us Just Live Here (book review)

What fun links have you found lately?

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  • Kay

    Lovely links! I especially love that self care list. While I do have free time, lately I feel like I’m running my brain into the ground to get as much as I can done all at once (which really leads to getting half as much done!) – I definitely want to start penciling in some time for non-project related things.

    • / Kristin

      I hear ya. Maybe just pencilling in down-time will make me take it! Good luck to you too :)

  • ALifeMoreKawaii

    Ah, this reminded me to follow you on Tumblr! Yay, 4 things! Self-Care idea lists are always a good thing. Trigger warning wise, I think they can be important. For instance, I have horrible issues with screamers (pop up screamers, like the kind on a few horror movie ads, etc.), and I cannot handle taxidermy. So I’m grateful when things like that are tagged. I know people with eating disorders, or phobias can also benefit from them. But I also think they can be a bit too much sometimes… Overall, though, I think they’re a good thing.

    • / Kristin

      Yay! I’m glad you did :)

      Trigger warnings are meant to be beneficial, but I’ve also seen the education/university systems abused by helicopter parents, which is unfortunate.

  • Mariko

    I just went to the most amazing fem-positive tea themed arcade, so the article on tea and feminism really spoke to me. Also, loving the piece on Hitchhiker’s Guide. It’s definitely one of the few books that really shaped me as a youngster (I think I read the first one when I was around 11 or 12).

    • / Kristin

      That tea-themed arcade sounds AMAZING! What’s it called/where at? I feel like I need to get my butt there.

      • Mariko

        It was a one day event in Montreal put on by Pixelles (, a video game incubator program for women.

        • / Kristin

          The Teacade!? Awesome!

  • Mandy Curtis

    I loved reading your Four Things! I was tagged for a it a while ago, too. I just need to get around to actually doing it, haha.

    Unrelated: I nominated you for a blog award: No pressure to take part, but I wanted to let you know! <3

    • / Kristin

      It looks like my reply mysteriously disappeared!? Anyway, thank you for the nomination! I’m truly honored (that’s one award I wasn’t aware even existed, and I’m so impressed that it does! – again, honored!) And you should totally do your 4 Things cause I want to read it :)

      • Mandy Curtis

        Dang Disqus! 😉 You’re most welcome. I’m so very glad to know you!

  • Megan Anderson

    So, I still need to actually READ the trigger warning articles you put in the post, so this might already be addressed in one of them.

    One thing that I don’t usually see in the arguments is the comparison that we already do this with movies and television. We rate them, then let the audience know what the rating is for (explicit language, violence, nudity, sexual content, etc.). I don’t see the trigger warning decisions as much different: it gives people a heads up so they can choose which sorts of content they want to consume. I feel like it is really the REASON behind the ratings / trigger warnings that the public at large comes down for television ratings and against trigger warnings. It’s sort of like we think children can’t handle anything (so we have ratings and know when to shield them) but that adults should be able to handle everything (most of the arguments against trigger warnings can be summed up with the words “suck it up”).

    Either way, a solution could be a Trigger Warning database online, so that people who want to know before choosing a book to read can easily find the information and make a choice for themselves. And people who are against it can go on blissfully unaware.

    • / Kristin

      I don’t recall any article really addressing the parallel to television/movie ratings (then again, I’ve read so many these days I can’t keep all of the trigger warning articles straight!) but I would be for something akin to ratings/a database.

      I have such mixed feelings because I’m all for letting people know what they’re getting into, especially something graphic or in certain ways intense. But then I see all of these cases where parents challenge college professors on behalf of students who just don’t like the controversial content of a book, and it kills me that our society has become so hypersensitive and ignorant as to certain terms and ideas that we’ll challenge anything that’s hard.

      As a teacher, and in K-12 it’s a bit different, I’m more than happy, if a student or parent comes to me and says “I/We don’t want so-and-so to read that because of X”, to honor that request. I get that there are boundaries and even personal reasons (though as “controversial” as a public school gets is like, “Night”), though I hope it would be a sufficient reason and not something like not wanting their student to read a book about a “bad” time in human history. But that’s a parenting decision to a certain extent.

      I digress — when it comes to college/adults though, you ultimately need to make the call on what you’re comfortable reading, but you need the tools to make that call and if that’s a database, great. I think I take books for granted in that way because I’ve read a lot or have always enjoyed digging for info about a book before I read it, being an English major. And I forget that not everyone knows the things that I know about certain authors, etc.

      I just don’t want to see this abused and I feel like in today’s climate, it has the potential to be a crutch or almost satirized by the other side and blown out of proportion. I hope that’s not the case.

  • Hadas

    I LOVE MY LIBRARY! Free books and movies and a handy app to get them all? LOVE IT.

    Always enjoy your links Kristin :)

    • / Kristin

      Thank you! :) I wish my library were a bit more technologically intuitive, especially Overdrive, but I love it regardless.