1. I had the chance to go see Rainbow Rowell at Politics and Prose last night, and she spoke a little about this incident where she was uninvited from speaking at a school and library event in Minnesota. Meg Medina had a similar experience with a different school visit. And Linda Holmes of NPR's Monkey See blog has this eloquent post about the sad fallout of restricting stories that are about people being bullied.
2. Given my long term love of the Redskins, and yet conflicted (to say the least) feelings about their name, I found this post about the NFL commissioner's comments about the name, and this post from ESPN about some of the internal discussion they've had about the name really interesting. I recognize that in the end, this is the owner's choice, but I'm glad there's some useful discussion about it.3. And well, I had heard about cat cafes in Japan, but apparently London is going to get in on the game too.