Elsewhere: Romance and Young Adult Novels, Human Centipede II, Settlers of Catan, etc.

Carissa
Lots of people this week are writing about “This sort of book is/isn’t bad for you.” Caryn Rivadeneira writes “Why Romance Novels Aren’t Emotional Porn.”The blogosphere has been rife with responses to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s lament about the “darkness” of current YA lit, but most of them are even less insightful than the original essay, says Alan Jacobs.

Slate’s Hollywood Career-O-Matic is one of those time-wasters you can pretend is “research.”

Jason
The BBFC (the U.K. rating board) recently announced that they have banned The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) from being released in any form, whatsoever, in Britain. Needless to say, this has led to articles and discussions about the censorship and whether such movies represent a real threat to society.

If you like movie posters and you’ve got a few hours to spend, then check out Film On Paper.

Rich
The Atlantic says, “Sorry, Setters of Catan is not the new Monopoly.”

I wrote a review of a really cheap but really great Xbox game, called Sequence. It will make you have to deal with your perfectionism.

Ben Wallis explains where games fit into the ascetical life.

Paul Revere, Sarah Palin, and the Habit of Rewriting History.

Mitch Krpata provides the best possible defense of playing Duke Nukem Forever. I buy a lot of it, but won’t be playing myself.

Bill Simmons started a website with some other writers, and it was glorious.

Our own Drew Dixon had a lot to say to the Christian Post about Reese Witherspoon’s recent comments to female actors.

Oh yeah, E3 was this week. Here’s a good article about it.

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