Who who is Nancy Drew?

She’s coming back to TV, but is this a good thing? A fun personal essay on the history, impact, and future of everyone’s favourite unpaid detective.

Nancy drove a sporty blue car. She courted danger. She got knocked down, and she got up again. (Literally: A lot of the books have Nancy losing consciousness at a vital moment, like one of those fainting goats.) She solved the mystery. Her bravery was applauded. Along the way, she interacted with her boyfriend, Ned Nickerson, who made passive-aggressive comments about the way his girlfriend was always doggedly pursuing clues instead of him, and hung out with her best friends, George and Bess. Of all the characters, George is the most futuristically out of place in the original books: She is inevitably described as boyish and handsome with short hair and a taste for athletic competitions. I’m not alleging that the series’ pseudonymous author, Carolyn Keene, planted a crypto-lesbian in her detective tales, but I’m not alleging she didn’t.

Graphic novel goodness

Graphic novel superstar Mariko Tamaki is launching a new GN imprint aimed at the LGBT+ community.

Slated to launch in 2021, Surely Books has a lineup of four comics so far — two biographies and one work of fiction — by artists Grace Ellis, Josh Trujillo, Levi Hastings, Terry Blas and Claudia Aguirre.

Well now: Nobel edition

PEN America with the Handke outrage. (Further reporting and context from Michael at Literary Saloon, as usual.)

“PEN America does not generally comment on other institutions’ literary awards. We recognize that these decisions are subjective and that the criteria are not uniform. However, today’s announcement of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Literature to Peter Handke must be an exception. We are dumbfounded by the selection of a writer who has used his public voice to undercut historical truth and offer public succor to perpetrators of genocide, like former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic.”

Imagine trying to be a writer if your dad is Stephen King

Hell, imagine even trying to sleep at night. I think Joe Hill has done well, considering.

Most sons fall into one of two groups.

There’s the boy who looks upon his father and thinks, I hate that son of a bitch, and I swear to God I’m never going to be anything like him. Then there’s the boy who aspires to be like his father: to be as free, and as kind, and as comfortable in his own skin. A kid like that isn’t afraid he’s going to resemble his dad in word and action. He’s afraid he won’t measure up.