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Links from around the web: 9-4-14

- This is really beautiful. (via Miriam Forster)

- I’m not sure exactly where I saw this article first, but the title–“Russia Wants Bulgarians to Stop Vandalizing Soviet Monuments“–kind of says it all.

- 100 Actual Titles of Real Eighteenth Century Novels. Pretty sure I want to change my Twitter bio to one of these. But ““I Can’t Afford It.” And Other Tales.” OR “Socrates Out Of His Senses.” OR “Who Is The Bridegroom? Or, Nuptial Discoveries.” OR “The Fault Was All His Own. In A Series Of Letters. By A Lady.” WHICH SHOULD IT BE?

- For the period drama fans, a nice list of five more obscure period dramas to look up. These have just about all my favorite British actresses in them, so I’ll definitely be checking them out! (I feel like actress is kind of an old-fashioned term at this point; am I making that up?) (via Lady Business)

- Liz Burns had an interesting post the other day called “Dolls or Action Figures? Hints or Hacks? Inspiration or FanFic?” which was a thoughtful look at the terms we use to describe activities and how gender can contribute to what is considered cool and what isn’t.

- The Lev Grossman essay Liz references in her post has also been floating around and is worth a read. Here’s a nice quote: “Fantasy is sometimes dismissed as childish, or escapist, but I take what I am doing very, very seriously. For me fantasy isn’t about escaping from reality, it’s about re-encountering the challenges of the real world, but externalized and transformed. It’s an emotionally raw genre — it forces you to lay yourself open on the page. It doesn’t traffic in ironies and caveats. When you cast a spell you can’t be kidding, you have to mean it.” While I bounced really hard off The Magicians, I related to a lot of what he had to say here.

- Gene Luen Yang’s speech at the National Book Festival, which touches on writing diversely and the power of representation, made me choke up a little bit. Definitely check it out. (via Kaye on Twitter)

- I’ve found a number of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s essays really powerful, but this one, “Acting French“, was just amazing.

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Links from around the web: 8-11-14

- I had already read most of these quotes from JRR Tolkien on fantasy and fairy tales, but it’s nice to see them gathered.

- The costume history nerd in me rejoices in this wonderful essay about Victorian hair art and mourning traditions.

- The costume history/costume drama nerd in me also rejoices in this website dedicated to Recycled movie costumes. If you don’t find the fact that North and South, Bleak House, and Return to Cranford all feature the same gorgeous stripey outfit fascinating, well. That speaks for itself.

- Not one but TWO gorgeous fanarts for the Lynburn Legacy books: Kami and Jared. (both via Sarah Rees Brennan’s Tumblr)

- I liked Sage Blackwood’s advice for looking for an agent quite a bit. Very level-headed and practical.

- On to more serious matters. First, Lee and Low put out a great infographic about the Diversity gap in SFF films. Yikes. (via Leila Roy)

- I had Elizabeth Ebony’s ‘”Why is Rue a Little Black Girl?” – The Problem of Innocence in the Dark Fantastic’ on my list to include here for a few weeks. At the moment it feels almost hideously relevant, but do go read it anyway. It’s a clear breakdown of a problem that plagues both kidlit and readers’ reactions to it. (via Liz Burns)

- And then there are the recent posts on Storytime Underground about librarianship and racism. Both are excellent but I was especially struck by Maggie Block’s What it means to be an anti-racist children’s librarian.

- I haven’t personally come across gamification in real life, but I found myself nodding along to this article. (via Liz Burns)

- Okay, if you need something to cheer you up, may I suggest the following video?

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Links from around the web: 5-7-14

I usually like Liz Bourke’s “Sleeps With Monsters” column quite a bit, but this one, on writing good female characters stood out. (Don’t read the comments if you want to remain unenraged.)

I knew Ida B. Wells was awesome, but I didn’t realize quite how awesome!

There has been a fair amount of attention on the We Need Diverse Books campaign that’s been going on. Here’s a selection of tweets. Here’s a post I wrote for the library blog. And there’s a push to preorder The Great Greene Heist, which looks pretty awesome!

I haven’t watched the trailer yet, but I love these photos of a young Iranian who wants to be an astronaut.

Apparently knitting was used as code during World War II. That’s pretty neat!

In Orthodox news, this photo made me laugh because I have been there many times.

The Toast continues to be golden with this wonderful, spot-on post of reactions if you knew Anne of the Island irl.

A troubling situation in Ethiopia

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Links from Around the Web

- Major security flaw in basically everything. So that’s mildly terrifying!

- I am in love with this sweater and I must knit it. Thinking this yarn in either Dragonfly or Luster.

- I very much liked Ana’s review of The Scorpio Races over at Things Mean a Lot. She really captures the depth and complexity of the story which is part of why I love it so much.

- Megan Whalen Turner is on Tumblr!

- This essay about the quiet women of history is amazing. I could quote the whole thing, but especially this: “Others, (in)curiously, are too meek, too goody-goody to be worth noting (they don’t fit the check-list of modern ideas of agency)…good wives and sisters and daughters, women who suffered and served. They make us uncomfortable, by fitting the social roles laid out for us too well. As male-dominated history judges us – not significant, not valuable, not important – so we judge other women from our collective pasts and consign them to continued silence. Women of the past must make us proud, and to do so, they must live up to our present-day needs. To justify ourselves, we need a history full of successes: we must answer the questions well – see our female Shakespeares…our female politicians…our musicians…and artists…and astronomers…We don’t have space for the silent or those who failed for whatever reason to shine. We can’t afford them, though histories worldwide are full of undistinguished men. For women, even now, only the best will do.”

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Links from around the web 3-19-2014

- My friend B linked me to Sheldon, the tiny dinosaur who thinks he’s a turtle. And is pretty much the best thing ever.

- A new companion was announced for Doctor Who!. And Keeley Hawes is going to be a villain. Cheers all round! (via R.J. Anderson)

- Someone told me about Two Nerdy History Girls recently and, for the life of me, I can’t remember who. I wish I could, because I’ve been enjoying the thoughtful and in depth look at various aspects of times past.

- I found “Why Aren’t Stories Like ’12 Years a Slave’ Told at Southern Plantation Museums?” to be a really thought-provoking article, which brought up a whole aspect of living history museums that I had never considered.

- Here’s a nice profile of Nancy Wake, journalist and French resistance fighter. “Ms Wake…had mixed feelings about previous cinematic efforts to portray her wartime exploits…’It was well-acted but in parts it was extremely stupid,” she said. “At one stage they had me cooking eggs and bacon to feed the men. For goodness’ sake, did the Allies parachute me into France to fry eggs and bacon for the men? There wasn’t an egg to be had for love nor money. Even if there had been why would I be frying it? I had men to do that sort of thing.'” I love how outspoken she was!

- R.J. Anderson has a great post about romance in middle grade books, over at the GreenBeanTeenQueen. I especially liked footnote 4.

- Meanwhile, the SLJ Battle of the Books is continuing! I’ve really been appreciating the judging this year, which has been smart, critical, and thoughtful. Even when I don’t agree with it (*sob* Rose Under Fire!), I haven’t been frustrated by it.

And that’s it from me! What cool things have you seen lately?

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Links from around the web 2-19-2014

- The Toast is rapidly becoming one of my favorite sites, and Mallory Ortberg’s guide, “When to Give a Kid a Book” is amazing. It features Tam Lin, Betsy-Tacy (“Betsy-Tacy because they are charming and Midwestern and about best friends and will eventually instill within said child the love for tolerance, the Edwardian era, emotional restraint and Episcopalianism that is necessary for a semester abroad at Oxford.”), and Jeeves (“Twelve is the perfect age for Jeeves. No older, no younger, no matter how precocious you believe this particular child to be. Twelve is just the right age to imprint on Wodehouse, and you always start Wodehouse with Jeeves. Psmith is for fourteen. Mr. Mulliner and Lord Emsworth can wait until college. Twelve is for Jeeves.”). I am not QUITE sure I agree about Psmith, who is my best beloved* favorite Wodehouse character, but never mind.

* No, seriously, I almost typed this.

- And then there’s this post about Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, which I don’t think I’ve read but clearly need to. “To Kill A Mockingbird makes you think you understand the way things are, and the way things should be. Roll of Thunder makes you quiet down and listen.”

- If there’s one must-read on the Jordan Davis murder, it’s surely this one, from Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic: “When Michael Dunn killed Jordan Davis, he obliterated a time-stream, devastated an open range of changes. And somewhere on that American jury, someone thought this was justice, someone believed in the voodoo of shotguns and teleportation. Michael Dunn killed a boy, and too robbed a man of his chance to be.”

- “Impatience Has Its Reward: Books are Rolled Out Faster” I have no words for how much I hate this. I would rather wait for a book and have it be better written.

- Kelly Jensen has some very thought-provoking points about the NYT YA Bestsellers list, gender, and John Green. There’s also this great response.

- On Feburary 14th, The Cybils Awards were announced. Yay! Congratulations to all the winners, especially Meg Medina for her wonderful Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass.

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Links from around the web: 1-15-14

- There’s been an ongoing conversation about SFF eligibility lists that I’ve been only halfway paying attention to, but then I read Amal El-Mohtar’s post on the subject and it is brilliant. “No hand-wringing or tut-tutting about reading widely or behaving with dignity or integrity or what have you is going to end the practice of brash, confident people telling other people, often and obnoxiously, to vote for them. But, crucially, the hand-wringing and tut-tutting does have an effect: it discourages the people who already feel silenced and uncomfortable from ever talking about or taking pride in their achievements.” Jenny, of Jenny’s Library, also has a thoughtful response.

- I will always love a good Richard III joke.

- You know what else I like? Hamlet jokes.

- I enjoyed this fanart of Gandalf with the Dwarves on those child-leashes.

- I wrote a guest post for the SLJ Printz Blog! And since no one disagreed with me, I’m clearly right. (Right?)

- The British Library released a huge number of images from 17th-19th century books. Zoe Toft has a nice post about children’s book illustrations.

- Thought-provoking article about Google’s evilness. “In fact, the notion of what is meant by that phrase has always been a slippery one when used in discussion about Google, but to Google itself, what constitutes as “evil” has always been clear: Evil is what Google says it is.” (On a somewhat lighter note, I think Google’s apparent new motto, “One account. All of Google.”, is both eerie and mildly hilarious with its (unintentional?) echoes of “One Ring to rule them all.”)

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