A solemn start to the links this week:

R.I.P. Brian Jacques. I’m facing a bookcase with a whole shelf of Redwall books, one of the only series my husband and I both read during childhood. Thank you for tales of heroism, courage, and descriptions of all that food.

Now to the rest:

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The runner up for this week’s Link of Awesome: The Marilyn cupcake from Bent Objects. Both entertaining and tasty! (it was #1 until I saw the video below)

Fighting off the Marilyn cupcake for Link of Awesome honors, James Franco’s interview with two middle school reporters (via NPR’s Monkey See). Seriously, this guy is why I’m recording the Oscars this year.