Magical Words Link Roundup 5-25-2017

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If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own castle, now’s your chance. Italy is giving away 103 run-down properties, including villas, inns, and castles for free. That means anyone can start building their personal versions of Winterfell, Casterly Rock, or The Pyke.

When the trailer for the upcoming Star Trek Discovery recently came out, it showed something I never thought I’d see in a popular sci-fi franchise: a Black woman and a Chinese woman front and center.

Among the many lessons that can be taken from the abundant success of both Get Out and Lovecraft Country is a reminder that horror can be used to elucidate powerful sociopolitical concepts, and explore ideas in a way where a more realistic narrative might fall short.

This application generates a random medieval city layout of a requested size.

Chatting with an astrophysicist is a bit intimidating. Interviewing Neil deGrasse Tyson, a famous astrophysicist, is another ballgame entirely.

In ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘good’ men are not the heroes O.T. Fagbenle, or Luke, talks Little America, populism, and the role of men in conversations about feminism.

Humor author Jody Lynn Nye has way too much fun. So do the authors she hangs out with.

Here at NPR headquarters in DC, MARVELous IMAGEs and FANTAstic GRAPHICS are dancing in our heads as we contemplate this year’s edition of our famous Summer Reader Poll — who will make the cut?

Subversives! They lurk everywhere! They could be anyone, from the kindly couple next door to the innocent seeming nuclear researcher mailing thick bundles to Moscow every week, from your child’s teacher to the President himself! Even you could be an unsuspecting brainwashed puppet of the enemy!

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