- The Dark Origins of Conjugal Visits: “Conjugal visits are a good policy, and they got their start in America for the worst possible reasons.”
- Ta-Nehisi Coates writes about the black family in the age of mass incarceration. I’ve only skimmed this piece–I haven’t had the time or energy to really dig into it as it deserves.
- Elizabeth Warren on Black Lives Matter: “And it’s not just about law enforcement either. Just look to the terrorism this summer at Emanuel AME Church [in Charleston, S.C.]. We must be honest: 50 years after John Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. spoke out, violence against African Americans has not disappeared.”
- Lisa Congdon and her tendency towards vulnerability hangovers: “I am not a perfectly polished person. And, in fact, I think that might be what people like about me. To the extent I can, I share the truth about my experience. And if I’m going to keep being real, I’m not always going to say things exactly right, or think of all the right things to say in the moment.“
- Maureen Eichner on Gaudy Night: “Most of all, perhaps, it’s the fact that their journey is to see each other clearly and to love what they see there. Rather than leaving themselves aside and becoming the other person, they learn to become more truly themselves together.” (Spoiler: this is my favorite Sayers novel.)
- The women behind the blog LadyBusiness have gone ahead and posted an enormous study of gender distribution in SFF awards. They’re making the rest of us look bad, even if they use EVIL PIE CHARTS. And 3D ones at that. #sobbing
- The mansplaining of Taylor Swift: “Adams’s achievement is that he didn’t sympathetically engage with Swift’s lyrics at all, but simply appropriated her words by applying them to his own, more complex, man emotions.”
- Amal El-Mohtar on The Traitor Baru Cormorant and queer responses: “To really talk about a book, to have delved in or bounced off and try to figure out the hows and whys of our reading, where they matched up and where they diverged, is delicious to me.”
- And in conjunction with El-Mohtar’s post, Heather Rose Jones tweeted not only about why she doesn’t believe that Dickinson’s debut novel falls into the queer tragedy story trope but also about a much larger issue: if this book had been written by a queer woman, would it be getting the kind of attention and publicity push that it is getting? I mean, it seems to me that it’s fairly obvious that it wouldn’t be. If a woman writes something, it’s niche. If a man writes it, it’s universal. It’s straight out of Joanna Russ’s How to Suppress Women’s Writing, it is.
Ugly leggings, balls, and trauma. Not necessarily in that order.