Links: The Baby-Sitters Club, Marvel Maps, & Mothers

Workspace with computer, journal, books, coffee, and glasses.It’s Wednesday! Which means that it’s time for Wednesday links. We hope these things we’ve discovered around the internet help you kill some time during your afternoon Hump-day slump.

Mother’s Day was Sunday and I know for some of us (myself included) it can often be a complicated holiday to celebrate. This Mother’s Day, Jezebel revived their post on toxic moms:

You deserve recognition for completing the hardest break-up known to the human heart.

Whether it was because of an addiction, a compulsive need to put you down, an ex-communication, an inability to give and receive love, or just the turmoil of dealing with a broken woman, you did something that most people regard as taboo. And that takes courage.

There are those of you out there who a have found a middle ground, a place where you can avoid the excesses of a mother’s disfigured personality. This could be through tightly scheduled phone calls, no surprise visits, or some topics that agreed to never be discussed. This is not easy. Surely, it has caused you anguish and late-night fights with your significant other. You also deserve credit that you likely do not get enough of.

For those who have “broken up” with their moms, kudos to you for thinking of your own mental and physical health.

Boston-area Bitches, there’s a meet-up tonight if you’re free and want to swap some books!

For those who have fond memories of The Baby-Sitter’s Club, check out The New Yorker‘s write-up on the series’ feminist legacy:

The books, while primarily intended to entertain, packed in more than a pinch of kid-friendly feminism. They pass the Bechdel test—adapted here to mean a work of fiction featuring at least two girls talking about something other than a boy—and arguably pass the more recently conceived and more loosely defined DuVernay test, a similar metric for racial diversity. (Though most of the sitters were white, Jessi, a club member introduced two years into the series, is black, and Claudia is of Japanese descent.) “I wouldn’t say that I had a feminist agenda, but I certainly had a feminist perspective,” Martin told me. “I think of myself as a feminist. I wanted to portray a very diverse group of characters, not only from different racial backgrounds, but from different kinds of family backgrounds, religions, and perspectives on life. I just really wanted a group of girls who were very different from one another and who became very close friends.”

Any Baby-Sitters Club fans out there?

I’m over at Book Riot, recommending 100 international romance authors! RIP to your TBR pile.


Frixion click pen in blue

Frixion Erasable Pens

I love these pens far more than is probably natural. They write smoothly, they erase for real (yes, way!), and they come in a bunch of colors. I have one with me at all times.


Love Marvel? How about interactive maps? Inverse has done their best to map out the Marvel Cinematic Universe in New York City:

Many of Marvel’s superhero films have been set in New York City, and yet it’s hard to find a map that shows where the events of the films actually take place. We’ve created a map of the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe using Google Maps, which we’re calling “Inverse’s Marvel NYC Map.” The collection of MCU events extends north to suburban Westchester County (where Charles Xavier founded his Institute) and south to Staten Island, where The Hand trains its youngest recruits in Iron Fist.

The eight movie properties and nine TV properties represented on the map below below include: X-Men (2000), Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Daredevil (2015), Jessica Jones (2015), Agent Carter (2015), Luke Cage (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Deadpool (2016), Iron Fist (2017), and projected locations from The Defenders (2016), Punisher (2017), Cloak and Dagger (2018), The Runaways, Inhumans, and Squirrel Girl (date TBA).

Trust me, this thing will keep you entertained for quite some time.

Don’t forget to share what super cool things you’ve seen, read, or listened to this week! And if you have anything you think we’d like to post on a future Wednesday Links, send it my way!

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