Links, August 21

CHILDREN
Please Look After This Bear: A Bear Called Paddington
Once upon a time…doors open at children’s story museum
Pioneer Girl by Laura Ingalls Wilder review – gritty memoir dispels Little House myths
The Velveteen Rabbit
Reading for the future

CHICKLIT/ROMANCE
A Master’s in Chick Lit
Bad Romance Novel Quotes
Courtney Milan, Talk Sweetly To Me
Moran: ‘sexy books important for teenagers’
So You Want to Get Into Romance Novels. Start Here!

POST-COLONIAL & COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
Desire & Discovery
The Dangers of a Single Book Cover: The Acacia Tree Meme and “African literature”
On postcolonial fluff for booknerds, made-up genre of my heart
The danger of a single story
Best of 2014: Translated Fictions
Janice Pariat, Seahorse/ Sam Selvon, The Lonely Londoners/ Mhairi Mcfarlane, It’s Not Me, it’s You
Portnoy compliant: a reading experiment
Suniti Namjoshi, The Mothers of Maya Diip
#Grateful for the Life of Maya Angelou
A silhouette of itself: Taipei by Tao Lin
Every French Novel Ever
World Cup of Literature: The Books, The Judges, The Match Schedule

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Links, August 20

LIT CRIT
How To Talk To Babies About Semiotics
Modern Classics Without The Modernism
Aldous Huxley on upwards and downwards self-transcendence
Death and the Maiden: The Cultural Representation of the Female Corpse

PLACE AND LITERATURE
Literary Style: 15 Writers’ Bedrooms
The country house and the English novel
The Landscape of British Literature
The Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State

MODERN PUBLISHING
Ed Champion is more than an angry blogger: What to do about the men who abuse women?
Interview Wednesday: Stacy Whitman of Tu Books, a Lee and Low Imprint
Joanne Harris on sexism in modern fiction publishing & reception
My Prestigious Literary Novel
Farrah Abraham On Slut-Shaming, Helen Keller and Being a Novelist

REVIEWING/CRIT
Desire & Discovery
September Reading
Don’t Worry So Much: How Not To Review Women’s Writing
THOUGHTS – REASONS WHY WE REVIEWERS WON’T READ YOUR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK
BLOGTABLE: The Positive Value of Negative Reviews
April Reading (and recent movies)
October Reading
Susan Cooper, Ghost Hawk

Links, August 19

LITERATURE

MYTH/LEGEND/FOLKLORE/CLASSICAL
Cerys Matthews tells the story of one of the great literary treasures of the medieval world, The Mabinogion, ancient tales that were later translated from Welsh.
Death in the Iliad
Grimm brothers’ fairytales have blood and horror restored in new translation
Matthew Chapter 25

CLASSICS
Gender Genre
INFOGRAPHIC TELLS YOU HOW LONG IT TAKES TO READ THE WORLD’S BEST-LOVED BOOKS
Mr Rochester’s Faults
Lives And Loves Of Virginia Woolf And Bloomsbury Group Brought To Screen In BBC’s ‘Life In Squares’ Drama
1896 Pop Up Book
Summer Read Along Count of Monte Cristo
The Other Tolstoy and the Book of Night
I Capture the Castle
Hemingway’s Hidden Metafictions: the lost, aborted Hemingway sounds way more interesting
The 3 Most Underrated Literary Heroines
FRIDAY FIVE: 5 GREATEST PYGMALION STORIES & THE PLEASURE MERCHANT: VERY frustrating
Making, Breaking and Transgressing Boundaries: Europe in Romantic Writing, 1775-1830

(slightly off-topic, but in re: the above–Idk in some ways I do view my presence in the UK as somewhat involuntary? it would be impossible to bring my partner to the US, the US/my region particularly are v. politically hostile. It’s not ACTUAL EXILE but neither is it like, 100% free choice.)

HARPER LEE
Questions I Have About The Harper Lee Editor Interview
How Unauthorized Is the New Book About Harper Lee?
Be Suspicious of the New Harper Lee Novel

VICTORIANS
Book Review: The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870 by Gregory Tate
Book Review: Sex, Crime and Literature in Victorian England by Ian Ward
VIVIAN GREY AND DORIAN GRAY<–this is the only other person I can find talking about the crack-theory I had in hs that won me my AP English Lit 5 :p
1896 Pop Up Book
That Time J.M. Barrie Founded A Truly Atrocious Cricket Club
Park Chan-wook’s Fingersmith adaptation confirmed

WODEHOUSE
Please Jeeves
Bertie the Aromantic? o tumblr, o mores

COME AND SEE FRIENDS!! COME AND SEE!! AT LAST IT IS COME!! THE WORST TUMBLR ANALYSIS OF ALL TIME!!!!!!
Not interested in Bingo Little’s lovelife? Well then you must be: AROMANTIC!! –> Even Bingo Little is not interested in Bingo Little’s Love Life: the Ten Minutes Ago Classic Love Oldies Collection.
Like there are some reasons to think Bertie is gay or asexual–but *this* is so paper thin that paper is embarrassed. Paper is ashamed.
It’s the tone of rapturous and absolute DISCOVERY that grates my cheese–OH WHY DID I NEVER SEE THE SINGULAR AND TOTAL TRUTH OF BERTIE WOOSTER’S AROMANTICISM BEFORE?! MY GOD!! HOW COULD ANY BEING EXIST IN SUCH IGNORANCE?!??!?
It’s just such feeble meta? Like if a first-year student turned this in to me: interesting suggestion! but over-eager truth claims and insufficient argumentation. 60? 59?
I can see why you’d go looking to liberally use the text for political reasons but like, it’s weird in a way that this is written in a fannish context because this is like, evacuating the text’s specificity to make room for your meaning–rather than the more delicate and attentive and fannish work of queering the text. Idk I sort of imagine this is like: tumblr meta: a common-ass thing and it’s like, god what is the fucking point of paying attention to this mehitude? It’s going to be that SPOT THE ISM!! shit that trendily keeps changing, and that is like, What Conservative Lay-People Think English Academia Is About.

Links, August 18

SOCIAL JUSTICE

GENDER

GREAT NONFICTION ON WOMEN IN FAMILIES
MY GRANDMA THE POISONER: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU THINK YOU HAVE A MURDERER IN THE FAMILY?
On Kindness: My mother is sick, By Cord Jefferson
GENDER TROUBLE ON MOTHER’S DAY

TRANS ISSUES
When Women Become Men at Wellesley
Parker Marie Molloy’s Transphobic and Homophobic Slurs Don’t Matter, but Our Response Does
Internet consensus: DeGeneres’ Liza Minnelli joke “mean,” “transphobic”
Mom on Suicide of Trans Teen Leelah Alcorn: ‘I Loved My Son’

BODIES
Everything I Fucked Up While Trying to Eat Like Gwyneth for a Week
How To Look Your Best At Any Age: Maiden, Mother, or Crone
The Woman’s Heart Attack
Teen’s post about her school’s sexist sex ed program goes viral
Walking While Fat and Female – Or, Why I Don’t Care Not All Men are Like That
This Week In Tabloids: The Hideously Cruel ‘Worst Beach Bodies’ Issue
Jam Out With Your Clam Out In These Anatomically Correct Panties
Physician calls for an end to bikini waxing
“This Is Not a Barbie Doll. This Is an Actual Human Being.”
Increasing Number Of Men Pressured To Accept Realistic Standards Of Female Beauty
China’s Last Foot-Binding Survivors
18 Empowering Illustrations to Remind Everyone Who’s Really in Charge of Women’s Bodies

REPRODUCTION

The 300-year-old fertility statistics still in use today
Bodies of 800 babies, long-dead, found in septic tank at former Irish home for unwed mothers
Ghost Child: The Strange, Misunderstood World of Delusional Pregnancy
The 8 Best Lines From Ginsburg’s Dissent on the Hobby Lobby Contraception Decision
Notorious RBG
Over Easy: Elite education may impoverish and indebt young women and do little to get them a job, but at least it makes their eggs valuable

Links, August 17

SOCIAL JUSTICE

GENDER

MAMMOTH HUNTING
Why I’m Masquerading As A White Bearded Hipster Guy On Twitter (Despite Being a Black Woman)
Teen’s Awful ‘Promposal’ Involves a Fake College Rejection Letter
Fox News Has Got Jezebel Dot Com Pegged
Teen Goes on Creepy Twitter Campaign to Take Friend’s Hot Mom to Prom
Jokester Pope Cracks a Couple Good Ones Instead of Talking Misogyny
Megyn Kelly to Mike Huckabee: ‘I Have News For You’ About Women
Wait, Did Clowntroll Blogger Chuck Johnson Shit On The Floor One Time?
18 Things Females Seem To Not Understand (Because, Female Privilege): lolololol
Bitch Make Me A Sandwich funny/sad
Your Guide to ‘Not All Men,’ the Best Meme on the Internet

SEX AND ABUSE
How to know that you hate women
The Super Bowl Domestic Violence Ad Was a Real Woman Calling for Help
Star Student Caught Mid-Rape And For Once The School’s Reaction Is Right
On Deciding What Counts: Elizabeth Ellen and What Makes A Victim I find this article deeply fucking problematic
Diary, Helen de Witt
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT JIAN
IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Accidentally Went On A Date With A Presumed-Gay Canadian C-List Celebrity Who Creepily Proved He Isn’t Gay
14-Year-Old Forced Into Marriage Kills Husband More Than Twice Her Age
How to Make an Accused Rapist Look Good
French Street Harassment Testimonies
Women Are Sharing Photos Of What They Wore When They Were Catcalled
#NotJustHello identifies a troubling trend in street harassment
The Daily Show’s Take on Sexual Assault Is Devastatingly Good
A Teacher Accused of Abuse Seen to Have Never Grown Up
Mythcommunication: It’s Not That They Don’t Understand, They Just Don’t Like The Answer
YouTube Star Posts “Prank” Assaulting Women
Oxford city centre ‘rape’ chant video sees notorious Cambridge drinking society investigated by police
This Video Brilliantly Skewers the Idea That Male Rape is Hilarious
Listen Here, Internet Girl: The Newsroom Rapesplains It All
Hugh Hefner on Bill Cosby Allegations: ‘I Would Never Tolerate This’
Raven-Symoné Slams Rumors That Bill Cosby Molested Her
No Country for Old Pervs: The Fall of the Houses of Terry Richardson and Dov Charney
take the words off advertising campaigns and what do they really say?

COLUMBIA MATTRESS CASE
Columbia Students Drag Mattresses Onto Campus to Support Rape Survivor
Columbia Student Accused of Rape Speaks Publicly for the First Time
Columbia Student Will Carry Her Mattress Until Her Rapist Exits School

HATE CRIME
Page: How I sanitized the feminist outrage over the Montreal massacre
Shooting at Seattle Pacific University, Suspect in Custody

Links, August 14

SFF

LITERATURE
Mythago Wood: A True Fantasy Masterwork
on considering reading George R.R. Martin
Once Upon a Time review – Marina Warner’s scholarly history of the fairytale
Ombria in Shadow
All of the Books – recommended reading
Winter’s Kitchen
Such Sights To Show You: Women in the Works of Clive Barker
Dagon’s Bargain
Sunshine (novel)
Fred Saberhagen
Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
Mira Corpora, by Jeff Jackson
‘I’ve spent parts of today re-reading Julie Phillips’ James Tiptree, Jr. The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon (I’m up to the 1950s so far, pre-Tiptree). It remains an incredibly interesting read, but also a very discomfiting one, because Phillips is very committed to the idea of Sheldon as a “woman writer”.’
10 SF/F Books That Have Stuck With Me by Gail Carriger
Anita Nair, Idris: Keeper of the Light
APPRECIATION: KATHERINE ADDISON’S EMOTIONAL PRECISION IN THE GOBLIN EMPEROR
Mars Evacuees by Sophia McDougall
On Being Undone by a Light Breeze, by Vajra Chandrasekera
Things We Found During the Autopsy by Kuzhali Manickavel
The Madonna and the Starship by James Morrow
Obscure Cities
Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Night
Barriers & Cages: SFF utopia

The Country of Ice Cream Star
In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. Theirs is a world of children – by the time they reach twenty, each of them will die from a disease they call posies.
When her brother sickens, Ice Cream sets out on the trail of a cure, led by a stranger whose intentions remain unclear. It’s a quest that will lead her to love and heartbreak, to captivity and to a nation’s throne, and ultimately into a war that threatens to doom everyone she loves.

“THEN, A HELLBEAST ATE THEM”: NOTES ON HORROR FICTION AND EXPECTATIONS
Bernardine Evaristo, The Emperor’s Babe
Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales
weird world fiction syllabus
Sleeps With Monsters: The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones
David Mitchell offers clues to new novel The Bone Clocks – interactive
10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing
Strange Horizons Book Club: Tigerman
Call and Response by Paul Kincaid: Reviewed by Liz Bourke
Top Ten Most Common Short Story Names Clarkesworld Sees
Archive of Edwardian-era Writer of Horror, Sci-fi Donated to UCR: ‘Hodgson was one of the most important writers of weird fiction of the early 20th century, acknowledged by H.P. Lovecraft as a seminal influence on his own horror fiction, said Latham, a scholar of science fiction studies. “His novels ‘The House on the Borderland’ and ‘The Night Land’ are masterpieces of macabre atmosphere and dreamy inventiveness, works that once read can never be forgotten,” Latham said.’

Shirley Jackson’s dark powers are back at work from beyond the grave: “Garlic in Fiction, a new collection from the late master of shocking but subtle horror, is due next year. I’ll be watching out for it, and so should you”

WOMEN IN SF PANEL PART 1
SLF DIVERSE WRITERS AND DIVERSE WORLDS GRANTS
The Strange Horizons Book Club: Fire in the Unnameable Country
The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer: PASTORAL AS UNCANNY
Nine Worlds Book List
Nine Worlds: The ‘Just Don’t’ list from Writing the Other workshop
FRIDAY FIVE: 5 SCIENCE FICTION STORIES ABOUT EXISTING TECHNOLOGY
The Mermaid’s Wish – recording now online!

AWARDS
Over-sensitive male feminists who can’t take a joke? I’ve blogged about the day the #BaenAwardStories hashtag died.
I have read the Clarke Award shortlist and

Links, August 13

SFF

DIANA WYNNE JONES
Enchanting Places: Readers and Pilgrimage in the Novels of Diana Wynne Jones
Diana Wynne Jones, FARAH MENDLESOHN
international Diana Wynne Jones covers
Diana Wynne Jones bibliography
Review: Diana Wynne Jones’ The Islands of Chaldea

X-FILES
intermediate size
Return of the X-Files: the truth is … unclear: “So a new X-Files could perhaps happen. Perhaps the real question is: should it? What would it even be about? Since the show’s original 1990s run, reality has caught up with the paranoiac outlook of Mulder: we’re desensitised to amoral governments acting against the interests of their people, been exposed to unsettling conspiracies that go to the heart of the establishment, and have felt the effects of shadowy cabals of financiers and terrorists operating across international borders with impunity. We live in an X-Files world now, and it’s actually rather depressing. Discovering that aliens have been at least partly responsible for how we’ve messed up as a species might actually come as a relief.”

OVER THE GARDEN WALL

“I Make Ends Meet”: Myths and Meanings of “Over the Garden Wall,” Part Two
“Content to Be Slightly Forlorn”: Myths and Meanings of “Over the Garden Wall,” Part Three
“The Haunted Ruins of Night”: Myths and Meanings of “Over the Garden Wall,” Part Four
Why You Need To Watch “Over The Garden Wall”

WELCOME TO NIGHTVALE
The 42 Stages Of “Welcome To Night Vale” Addiction
the level of backlash WTNV and its writers have gotten for casting Will Wheaton, a straight actor, as Earl Harlan, a (most likely) bisexual character.