Reading While Eating For July 21: The Letter ‘S’

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Windsurfers and swimmers are seen on a beach known as the Zlatni rat (Golden Horn) near Bol at the Croatian Adriatic island of Brac, some 450 km (280 miles) southeast from the capital Zagreb, July 20, 2011.

Today’s links on this sizzling summer day are brought to you by the letter “S.”

Stephen: Colbert recorded a touching video for the “It Gets Better” project. (BuzzFeed)

Scandal: Here’s a recap of the News of the World scandal to the tune of Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” (Mashable)

Squid: This seafood bowl in Japan comes with a dancing squid on top.  (The Daily What)

Students: Read all about Amazon’s new e-textbook rental service for students. (TIME)

Sci-Fi: Browse this slideshow of vintage sci-fi posters depicting damsels in distress. (LIFE)

Shakespeare: Watch this guy recite the Bard in 25 different celebrity voices. (New York Magazine)

Olivia B. Waxman is a TIME contributor. Find her on Twitter at @OBWax. You can also continue the discussion on TIME’s Facebook page and on Twitter at @TIME.