Links: 09/12/14

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.

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September 12, 2014

Hey! Today’s our birthday! Huzzah!

Radish-y birthday greetings to everyone who has supported or contributed to this site over the last two years particularly those who provide me with excellent links for these weekly posts.

I’d like to also give my unending gratitude and love to the wonderful Fran Wilde for all the support that none of you see but which is essential to my sanity when I’m busy yelling at people for being wrong.  She is an extraordinary friend and the SFF community is lucky to have her.

Now, on to the links–starting with the depressing but there are some fun ones interspersed and at the end, never fear. Feel free to comment with fun or happy links of your own as well (as always!).

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  1. Brie

    Happy birthday to one of my favorite blogs, and congrats to its fabulous blogmaster, who also happens to be one of my favorite people 😉

    P.S. Blogmaster is a cool word.

  2. --E

    The reason you don’t know what to think about the “Death of Adulthood” article in the Times is because it’s horribly written. The author wanders all around several topics, not drawing clear connections. He says things that he knows are likely to get some folks’ ire up, but he makes sure to leaven them with liberal buzzwords and attitudes in order to defuse any bombs of anger going off in his direction.

    The sheer length of the article–well over 4000 words–should be the writer’s and editor’s first clue that it’s a pile of incoherent brain-vomit.

    I read the article when it first appeared, and my entire reaction was “Okay, keep reading, maybe he gets to a point eventually.” But he never did. It’s just regurgitation of other people’s points, with no building structure of an essay. If that isn’t a first-draft-submitted-as-final, I’ll eat my shoes.

  3. Fran Wilde

    Happy Blogaversary! I love the way this radish has grown – can’t wait to see what’s on the horizon.

  4. E. Catherine Tobler

    Happy birthday, Radish. This post reminds me I want to learn about quilling paper. Maybe this winter.

  5. Rafael

    Happy birthday! I do have to say that the claims of, “The Death of the Gamer,” are a bit outlandish to say the least. I get where they are coming from but sadly it feeds into the hysteria rather than combat it.

  6. Alice

    Happy birthday! (And thank you for consistently producing one of the best links-lists in the blogosphere!)

  7. Veronica Schanoes

    I don’t think I buy the Star Wars bees essay. He starts out by basing his theory on the extreme rarity of women, and then introduces some major handwavium by saying oh, hey, let’s just assume that all the male soldiers actually represent infertile females. No! You can’t do that! First of all, that is a wildly insulting thing to write when discussing sentient species–an infertile female is not equivalent to a male!–and second, you can’t in one breath say, hey, almost no women, so it’s bees, and then say, but actually, bees have tons of women around, so that almost no women thing isn’t true anyway! What that means is that “bees” is not the answer! Also, no, you can’t assume that the females represented as females have their high status due to fertility/reproductive capacity when the most important female in the series never, ever even contemplates reproducing (he’s confining himself to the original trilogy)! That makes no sense!

    Also, much as I loved Ghostbusters, now, when I watch it, all I can see is the creepy, stalking boundary-transgressing of Murray’s character in his pursuit of Weaver’s, and it makes my skin crawl.

  8. Selki

    Reading the Ghostbusters article makes me want to watch it again (I only ever saw it once, when it came out). The comments that got into Apollonian/Dionysian were very cool, too. But I do fear Murray’s character’s creepiness would overshadow the re-watch.


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