- At the risk of causing some sort of cross-link black hole, Cora Buhlert has a wonderfully informative round-up of the various Hugo and Clarke shortlist discussions.
- This is an amazing post about the recent film adaptation of Les Misérables. Which I finally got around to seeing after it came out on DVD and I was fine all the way up until the very end at which point there was ugly crying. Lots of ugly crying. Also this.
- Geek Love: Gargoyles & Geek Girls This hurts me in ways that I can’t quite explain except that I would say that I’m a geek from way back (hi, I made a Viking trivia board game in 9th grade, that must count for SOMETHING) and I’m not a guy.
- Mark your calendars for next year: April 8 is International Raistlin Majere Day! Fantasy readers of a certain age (ahem) will be all up in that mess. Except for those of use who are holding out for International Drizzt Do’Urden Day.
- The Ugly Internet
- The Day I Forgot How to Use a Book Whoa.
- Sledge Hammer! Television shows I have loved…
- DC Introduces First Transgender Character in Mainstream Comics Yay! “She added that she thinks most superhero comics readers don’t have a problem with increased diversity, but rather with stories that promote sermonizing over storytelling.” Yes yes yes yes yes. Diversity is a wonderful thing but not when it comes at the expense of the story.
- The Supersizers: Restoration How happy am I that Genevieve is watching this series and recapping it? A LOT HAPPY.
- Sacred Sexism Fascinating reading, this.
- Why ‘Accidental Racist’ Is Actually Just Racist Yes. And this, too: Everything That is Wrong with That Brad Paisley/LL Cool J “Accidental Racist” Song: A MOSTLY COMPLETE LIST
- RT Award Nominees & Winners — SF/F Congratulations to all the winners! I’ll always have a soft spot for this award.
- Feminism and Social Class in Kristan Higgins’ My One and Only I always find these discussions really interesting because class is definitely one of those things that romance tends to not do very well–or does in broad strokes. There are definitely exception but they are few and far between.
- Susan Faludi in The New Yorker on How Shulamith Firestone Shaped Feminism
- My So-Called ‘Post-Feminist’ Life in Arts and LettersThis quote pretty much summarizes it: “They’ll smear you.”
- Love story: Jan Morris – Divorce, the death of a child and a sex change… but still together
- “Disability” Fantastic piece about Chana Joffe-Walt’s NPR piece about disability. Lots of good links at the end, too.
- Feeling grateful. Heather is Canadian, but I think this sentiment applies across the board: “We shouldn’t attack employees who have sick leave provision in their contracts. We should ask why it is that we don’t extend paid sick leave to everybody.”
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