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What We're Reading | 12.1.13

Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:Gabe Bullard: Food & Drink Week has wrapped up. I'm almost done with Thanksgiving leftovers. But I still can't stop thinking about what we consume. That led me to this fun essay in the Paris Review about hotel minibars. Are they overpriced psychological first aid kits or "totalitarian shrapnel snugly nestled into a cozy space?" Both, I guess? Read Assault on the Minibar.Joseph Lord: In many action films and television shows, CGI pops up all over—but the use of real-life animals is still abundant. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the use of real-life animals on screen may also be troubling. This story throws into question the No Animals Were Harmed adage, and the program behind it. Read Animals Were Harmed.Bonus: Even the most obsessive comic fan can get confused with characters' timelines—the (often nonsensical) twists, the questionable alliances and the occasional retcon. Marvel wants to make simplier the task of keeping up with just who Wolverine is hanging out with this week with a massive graphic. Read Marvel's New 'Uberframework' Graphs Every Character in the Universe.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.

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