Happy Friday from the UK! We are having a wonderful time here, thanks to our friends at Visit Britain, and hope you can follow along with us on our Twitter, our Instagrams (this is Heather’s, this is mine), and our Snapchat, where we are FugGirls, and we are ridiculous. Elsewhere:
– It was Charlotte Bronte’s 200th birthday this week, and The Atlantic examines Jane Eyre and the Invention of the Self. I would never name Charlotte as my favorite of the Bronte’s — I prefer Emily — but I will always appreciate her for giving us the “Reader, I [WHATEVER],” construct, which is perfection, and I have likewise enjoyed being able to make a lifetime of jokes about people shutting their crazy wives up in the attic and never thinking to mention them again, including to the women whom they were about to marry, MR ROCHESTER.
– And, at Brainpickings: Charlotte Bronte’s Beautiful and Heartbreaking Love Letters of Unrequited Affection
– I really like the name Chrissy Teigen and John Legend choose for their little girl. (Lainey)
– Two years ago, Vulture collected 24 Outrageous Prince Stories, and they are still wonderful to read.
– And, at the Washington Post, the always wonderful Robin Givhan writes about his style. I love the title of this piece: Prince broke all the rules of fashion, and damn did he look good.
– For more Prince links, visit our Prince retrospective and scroll to the bottom; it includes the fact that the Hamilton cast performed “Let’s Go Crazy” at last night’s show. !!
– Mental Floss has an oral history of the time Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s vault — 30 years ago this week.
– At Celebitchy, apparently Cheryl Burke really hates Ian Ziering. How utterly random.
– At Smithsonian, Inside the Grand Plan to Send Humans to Mars
– Visit Britain rounded up pubs that Shakespeare drank in, which are still serving. I wish I’d gone to one this week!
– This is funny, at Pajiba: The Thinking Person’s Most Regrettable ’90′s Crushes
– At Time, I love these vintage posters of national parks. (Via Girls of a Certain Age)
– Here’s all the intel on all the new faces on the US money — news we missed a bit being in the UK. I am really excited for all these new bills; it’s about damn time (this last post is quite interesting, as well). (The New York Times)
– This is fascinating: 400-year-old dress found in shipwreck sheds light on plot to pawn crown jewels (The Guardian)