Links: 02/13/15

And wow, this is..well, just watch it. I am not a huge fan of the song but this is gorgeous.

Sergei Polunin, “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, Directed by David LaChapelle from David LaChapelle Studio on Vimeo.

Links: 02/06/15

Watercolor by Maja Wronska

Watercolor by Maja Wronska

Links: 01/30/15

Marilyn from Mean Fat Old Bat sent me this and I find it to be marvelous so I share it with you all. (Marilyn, incidentally, is not the least bit mean; I can’t speak to the other adjectives.)

Podcast Goodness!

If you’re podcast inclined, you can find me on two different podcasts this week:

  • Rocket Talk Episode 40: Amal El-Mohtar and Natalie Luhrs Where me and Amal, along with Justin Landon, talk a whole lot about ETHICS IN LITERARY JOURNALISM. This was a huge amount of fun to record–I think we talked for around two hours with many, many digressions that Justin heroically edited out. But we do say penis a lot, if that’s an incentive for you.
  • Introductions: Our Theme and Our Most Anticipated Things in 2015 w/ Renay and Natalie Luhrs In which me and Renay were invited to come hang out with the Skiffy and Fanty crew and talk about what books by women and non-binary people we were looking forward to reading this year.  There may have been an argument over who got to have Fran Wilde’s Updraft on their list.

Just for reference, here’s my long list for Skiffy and Fanty with a few things I thought of later stuck on the end–not all of these are 2015 releases because I am so incredibly behind on my reading:

  • Sunny Moraine, Labyrinthian 
  • Fran Wilde, Updraft
  • Rose Lemberg, editor, An Alphabet of Embers
  • Nnedi Okorafor, The Book of Phoenix and Lagoon
  • N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season
  • A.C. Wise, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again (possibly the best collection title EVER)
  • Jaime Lee Moyer, Delia’s Shadow
  • Beth Bernobich, The Time Roads
  • Tina Connolly, Copperhead and Silverblind 
  • Jo Walton, The Just City and The Philosopher Kings
  • Genevieve Valentine, Persona 
  • Elizabeth Bear, Karen Memory
  • Ann Leckie, Ancillary Mercy
  • Maria Dahvana Headley, Magonia

What are you looking forward to reading this year?

Links: 01/23/15

And with that link to a great article at Model View Culture, we move into a complicated and hard thing that is happening in tech right now (lots of content warnings for the links).  Late last week, Shanley Kane (co-founder of MVC) was doxxed after calling out Linus Torvalds for being (understatement) a jerk. Then Nero wrote a thing with lots of quotes from weev that I’m not going to link to because Nero and weevHere’s Shanley Kane’s statement.  I read this and was sickened and tweeted in support, which caused my block button to get a mild workout.

Then, this morning, I read this post from Amelia Greenhall which discusses Kane’s verbal and emotional abuse of her while she was working with her on MVC.  Kane’s subsequent erasure of Greenhall’s significant contributions to MVC is also quite upsetting, to say the least.

Harassment is not okay. Abuse is not okay. Harassment and abuse in the name of diversity is not okay.

Instead of trying to articulate my thoughts–which are mainly along the lines of this being complicated and hard–I’m going to link to some posts that I found interesting reading. I don’t necessarily agree with everything I’m linking, but did find something of value in each item.

One of my personal goals this year is to work harder to be less black and white in my thinking; people are complicated and no one is all one thing or another. This is the part of Haibel’s post which I found most resonant and which I’m going to be thinking about for a long time:

In coming forward, Amelia Greenhall calls for a path of greys — for a path where we acknowledge that people can do good work and also do harm, for a path of nuance, for a path where respectful disagreements are possible.