– 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.”