- A New ‘Wrinkle in Time’ L’Engle’s granddaughter has made three pages cut from the draft of A Wrinkle in Time public and they are fascinating.
- Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’ “But the actual problem with the Internet isn’t us hastily tweeting off about foolish people. The actual problem is that none of the men running those bazillion-dollar Internet companies can think of one single thing to do about all the men who send women death threats.”
- Putin’s Action Hero: How Steven Seagal Became the Kremlin’s Unlikeliest Envoy This is…I am not sure what this is. It’s a thing.
- The Woman Who Woke Up in the Future Brains are WEIRD.
- Spalding Gray’s Catastrophe Brains are also often not our friends.
- Build-A-Bear Yes, it starts out as an essay about Build-A-Bear, but keep going. It’s worth it.
- Now What? How to Create Fair Companies after the Ellen Pao Verdict
- Enter the dull world of vintage corporate boardgames See, I don’t find this stuff dull at all–yes, the games probably aren’t fun to play, but they are fascinating material artifacts.
- 17 Things Only Lazy Productive People Understand This is basically me.
- Guided by the Beauty of Their Weapons: An Analysis of Theodore Beale and his Supporters Pretty much the only Hugo post you need this week. This is a thing of beauty and a joy forever, especially this part:
First of all, you are wrong, Theodore Beale. You are the emperor of a tiny patch of shit, and if you are remembered, it will only be as a joke. You are not a great man. Yours is not the voice of god, but just the voice of a sad, pathetic man. You will die, and everything you wrote will be lost to the sands of time, and everything you valued will become a half-forgotten relic if it becomes anything at all. Nobody will care. The world you want will never arise.
This comes immediately after what a commenter at Whatever called a “palate-cleansing litany of fuck yous” and any blog post that has Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan” in its title is also going to have me on its side.
- Food is for White Liberals What Sex Is For The Religious Right
- Top Ten Most Common Short Story Names
- A Happy Death, Full Of Light And Color
- Tumblr Fandom Doesn’t Owe You Sales: The Fans Who Are Ruining Everything (This Week)
- tableflip dot club
- I Read a Book: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
- This Public Shaming Is Not Like The Other
- So You’ve Been Publicly Scapegoated: Why We Must Speak Out On Call Out Culture The headline is not great–this is a thoughtful examination of the failures of Ronson’s book and the very real problems with the lack of nuance on social media.
- The worst question you could ask women in a job interview
- How to Spite A Racist Troll: Support Black Dreams
- Trash Food This more or less gets to the heart as to why I try very hard not to call people trash or garbage.
- Mediocre Failures
- Original Patent For Perforated Toilet Paper On A Roll Solves Over Vs. Under Debate Once And For All
- CBC inquiry concludes management mishandled Jian Ghomeshi There’s a link to the full report (with some redactions) in the article and it is fascinating reading. One of the most interesting parts for me was where the report says that some of the incidents, taken on their own, would not have been a violation or inappropriate, but since they were part of his pattern of behavior, they ultimately did contribute to the hostile work environment around him.
- Why We’ve Decided to Organize
- What Do Conservatives Want When They Say “I Want My Country Back?”
- Vox Day’s involvement in the Sad Puppies slate
- Sad Puppies Showing Who They Are…Again.
- Science Fiction’s White Boys’ Club Strikes Back
- Annie Bellet and Marko Kloos have withdrawn their works from the Hugo ballot. Both their posts are very much worth reading and show tremendous integrity and character on both their parts.
Oh, I want to believe. “Chewie, we’re home”–Natalie becomes a 9 year old again.
I’ve really been enjoying Mark Knopfler’s new single, “Beryl” the last few weeks. It’s a bit of an earworm, but I am absolutely not sorry for that.
The song’s about Beryl Bainbridge, who was consistently short-listed for the Man Booker Prize (Britain’s top literary award) but never won while she was alive–the year after she died, she was given a special prize by the committee.
At any rate, this song and its subject have been much on my mind the last couple weeks (for reasons) and I thought I’d share.
This week, the big story in my corner of the world is (still) the Hugo award nominations. However, I don’t have it in me to collect all the links I’ve read–there are a lot of posts and think pieces and more than a handful of articles in mainstream media outlets. Which is exciting!
I bet it annoys Brad Torgersen to no end to see his name misspelled in so many interesting ways. I know it would bother me, and on that front I am a tiny bit sympathetic. But otherwise, I hope he takes some time to read this from George R.R. Martin because it’s becoming more and more clear that this really has diddly to do with the so-called invasion of SFF by evil evil evil Social Justice Warriors and more to do with Torgersen and Larry Correia’s sadness that they didn’t win the times they were nominated in prior years. Sad puppies, indeed (get off the cross, Brad: we need the wood). I’d also like to point to Larry Correia’s 2011 Worldcon report–if you read it, it sounds like he had a pretty decent time and the mass shunning and rudeness that he claims now.
And at the same time, we have Vox Day, making threats in the comments at File 770 in which he declares that if No Award comes in first in any category that no one will ever win Hugo in that category again. Hey, Vox? Are you six?
And then here’s Brad Torgersen telling us to grow up and trying to distance himself from Vox Day which is, well, really rich on his part. Consider that Larry Correia reached out to GamerGate for assistance before the supporting membership deadline and then used his commenters to deliver names of Social Justice Warriors to same shortly afterwards so, presumably, his hands would remain clean. I wonder who suggested to Correia that he contact GamerGate? I wonder what Correia was hoping to achieve by doing so? Attempting to distance yourself from Vox Day and his GamerGate buddies at this point in time is too little, too late. You don’t get to take any sort of moral high road on this. None.
Anyhow. Mike Glyer at File 770 has been doing a great job collecting links and analysis and if you really want to read more about this, you could do worse than his Hugo Awards tag. I’ll be nominating Mike for Fan Writer next year for his work on this even though he already has ten million Hugos. Good work is good work and collecting all this in one place is a heck of a lot of work.
…and I just went to my links folder and that well is dry, friends. So instead, here are some award winners and shortlist that seem to be quite full of excellent things to read:
- The Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest
- 2014 Tiptree Award and Honor List
- 2015 Philip K. Dick Award
- 2015 Ditmar Awards
- 2014 BSFA Awards
- 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Shortlist
- Voting for this year’s David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy is now open!
And I just finished reading Max Gladstone’s Two Serpents Rise which was a lot of fun and had a delightfully twisty plot but was marred by what I felt was a rushed ending. Nevertheless, I’m planning on reading Full Fathom Five very soon. And I also just started reading Elizabeth Bear’s Karen Memory and holy wow, the voice (I’m not that far into it so that’s about the only opinion I have right now)–very different from Bear’s other novels.
Here’s some poems I’ve been grooving on lately. Maybe they might be your sort of thing, too.
- “The Ghost Tide Chantey”, Fran Wilde
- “Cloudbending”, Jennifer Crow
- “To be of use”, Marge Piercy
- “Godzilla vs. Shakespeare”, Jo Walton
- “Sonnet: Against Entropy”, John M. Ford
- “Ballerina Hippo Mippo”, Emily Jiang
- “Manananggal”, M Sereno
(I might try to make this a regular sort of thing. I love poetry!)