In Our Feeds: Literary ghouls, NaNoWriMo inspiration, and the Jane Austen scandal

Lia Zneimer  //  Nov 1, 2013

In Our Feeds: Literary ghouls, NaNoWriMo inspiration, and the Jane Austen scandal

Every Friday, we share a handful of links we found interesting, provocative, funny — or just plain cool. We call it In Our Feeds. Have a great weekend!

Happy Friday, friends! We're kicking off November with a bunch of great links. Grab some of your leftover Halloween candy, snuggle up, and read on.

What happens when you celebrate National Cat Day and Halloween in the same week? This. (h/t Mike.) And speaking of Halloween, Megan sent over this awesome playlist, along with a piece about fictional literary ghouls. (Her favorite? Virginia "Woolfman.") It looks like Megan and Emma are on the same wavelength, because they both emailed me regarding some shocking news: Jane Austen's banknote portrait has supposedly been airbrushed -- or so says one biographer.

Also on our minds this week: lots of science. Anne sent over a really cool article from The Atlantic about the 50 greatest breakthroughs since the wheel. (Spoiler alert: #1 is the printing press! We're certainly thankful for that one.) Meanwhile, Morgan came across an NPR piece about the importance of encouraging childhood exploration. "Every child is born a scientist, testing hypotheses and pushing things to the limit to see what happens," Marcelo Gleiser writes. To that point, Brittany came across a beautiful video in which kids tell their mother how they really feel about her. (Grab tissues!)

As an avid Hunger Games fan -- I dressed up as Katniss for Halloween -- I loved the article that Morgan sent from the Shutterstock blog. In honor of the film adaptation of Catching Fire, which hits theaters November 22, Shutterstock scoured its footage library and created its own idea of what the 12 Districts of Panem might look like when presented to an outsider. So cool.

Lastly, I came across this BuzzFeed round-up of quotations that will inspire you to write more -- perfect, since NaNoWriMo starts today! (Good luck, fellow writers! May the odds be ever in your favor.) Have a great weekend!