Magical Words Link Roundup 6-19-2017

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While some dads were busy tossing the ball around with their kids, these literary fathers instilled a love of literature into their children — a love so deep, in fact, that they followed in their father’s footsteps to become writers themselves.

Monsters fascinate. There’s something in the shadows that you don’t understand, can’t quite make out the shape of—something that can eat you. Something that can steal your children, spoil your crops, or worst of all turn you into a monster yourself, so that you’ll no longer be welcome in the warm places where we tell stories about monsters.

When it comes to teenage mystery stories, there are few tried and true combos quite like small-town America and shadowy supernatural forces.

Astrophysicist and “science communicator” Neil deGrasse Tyson is a national treasure. This is especially true in these dark, anti-science times, where it often feels like we are teetering on a Middle Ages level of understanding of even basic scientific facts.

Gregory Matloff recently published a paper arguing that humans may be like the rest of the universe in substance and in spirit. A “proto-consciousness field” could extend through all of space, he argues. Stars may be thinking entities that deliberately control their paths. Put more bluntly, the entire cosmos may be self-aware.

Kara Dennison explores some of the misconceptions about where con registration money goes.

Discussing their writing processes at a sold out ‘in conversation’ event in London last August, fantasy royalty Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin both emphasised the significance of dark and secret places to their fascination with the genre.

Today, Wonder Woman is viewed by many as a feminist icon. But as Wonder Woman’s popularity endures, the actual women who shaped and inspired the comic book character are often overlooked.

Over two decades, the young British witch from J.K. Rowling’s eponymous Harry Potter series has grown from a literary smart girl into a powerful feminist symbol.

Hey, remember before those sadists at Pixar came along, when Disney movies were filled with nothing but joy and childlike wonder? Sure, they usually had one or two sad scenes per film, but by the end, everything was resolved and everyone was perfectly happy. Remember that? Well, you’re remembering wrong.

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