For Your Consideration — March 21, 2013

Bob's Burgers, StateFace and the latest book from Emma Donoghue

TV

What with DVDs and the Internet, I can’t remember the last time I watched a show while it was actually on the air, so I’m indebted to Inlander television expert Daniel Walters for tipping me off to Bob's Burgers. Each episode about a family-run burger restaurant is consistently hilarious and zany — recent plots involve a talking toilet lost in the woods and revenge in the form of a middle school science fair project about Thomas Edison. But what keepsBob’s Burgers from being another Family Guy or King of the Hill is its sweetness — it’s funny without being abrasive, and the characters’ frequent mishaps are never mean-spirited.

BOOK

Emma Donoghue’s previous critically acclaimed novel Room took place almost entirely within the four walls of a shed where a woman and her young son are held captive. This time, in Astray, characters cross oceans and continents, leaving friends and sometimes finding reunions. Each chapter is a brief portrait based on real people and events — footnotes in history — and at times the concept feels like a tired assignment from a writers’ workshop. But with Donoghue’s sure and versatile prose, the haunting bites of historical fiction become a satisfying meal.

FONT

You know Wingdings, the font that’s little symbols instead of the alphabet? Imagine Wingdings for the 50 states, and that’s StateFace, a font created by journalism organization ProPublica. It got lots of buzz among web designers and news nerds last fall when election coverage required lots of state-by-state results, and last week it won a Malofiej award, which is kind of like the international Pulitzers for news graphics. It’s available for free for anyone to download and use like any other font on your computer.

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About The Author

Lisa Waananen

Lisa Waananen is the web editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She specializes in data and graphics, and her recent cover stories have been about family history, the legacy of Spokane photographer Charles A. Libby and genetically modified food...