Hey, so it’s been pointed out to me that the image I chose for this post is potentially triggering for folks –I am sorry. If you want to see the image, you can see it here. It’s an image from Eliza Bennett’s “A Woman’s Work is Never Done”, in which she has embroidered calluses on her hand. I will try to be more mindful in the future when selecting images for my posts.
- The Exile of Ed Champion I found this to be fascinating reading on multiple levels.
- Mary Robinette Kowal and Annalee Flower Horne are offering a scholarship to Kowal’s Short Story Intensive class to a woman of color. This is fantastic. Details here.
- Cloaking Device Off: Homophobia in the SFF Community
- On Social Media, Activism, and Trauma
- Terminal Lance “Offended II” The comic alone is great, the essay below makes it even better.
- A One-of-a-Kind Trove Reveals What 19th-Century American Boyhood Was Really Like
- When Fandom Goes Wrong: The Dark Tale of the ‘Final Fantasy VII’ House
- Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar’s To-Do List
- The Faith of Fury Road
- 37 Impossible Questions From My Mixed-Race Son
- Is ‘Hot Dog Pizza’ Actually Pizza? An Investigation This is the kind of hard-hitting journalism that we need in these difficult times.
- Guy Fills His Hands With Water To Create A Bathtub For His Bird
- 90 Year-Old Man Realizes Glorious Dream Of Backing Through Garage Door This is now totally on my bucket list.
And, then, well. This happened. And all of fandom was plunged into war. Again.
- Chuck Wendig: I Stand By Irene Gallo
- Kameron Hurley: The Revolution of Self-Righteous Dickery will Not Be Moderated
- Jim C. Hines: The Tor Mess
- John Scalzi: A Refresher Course On What I’m Obliged to Write About
- Alyssa Wong: 2014 Nebulas Recap: Changing the Culture, Steering the Future
- Suw Charman-Anderson: How Tor Failed Social Media 101
- Martin Wisse: Two faced Tor
Has there been any more fan writing about this? I’d really like to read more fan perspectives as I work my way through the giant pile of angry thoughts I have about this. I feel like the fan perspective is important, for a lot of reasons: first of all, most of us are doing this because we actually do love the community and most of the people who make up the community. Second, we often have more at risk: fan labor is almost by its very definition free labor, we have smaller platforms, and what happened to Irene Gallo is chilling across multiple axes.
I stand in solidarity with Irene Gallo. I respect the hell out of her and her work and I think she is doing amazing things with art direction. She makes an incredibly difficult job look effortless and easy. And publicly chastising her for what she said on her personal Facebook page was wrong.