Links from around the web: 4-6-2016

There was a pretty awful article about the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to the Librarian of Congress position, which bemoaned her lack of scholarly experience in a pretty gross and suspect way. Jenny broke down a lot of the issues nicely, and I chimed in with some thoughts too.

I finally read Kate Elliott’s massive and wonderful look at writing women in fantasy, which is so worth taking the time to delve into. She pulls together a wide range of issues and documents women from many eras and areas to show the many ways of being a woman which existed in the past. There are lots of bits I could and would like to quote, but I’ll stick with this:

Women have always lived complex and multivariate lives. Women are everywhere, if only we go looking. Any of the lives or situations referenced above could easily become the launching point for a range of stories, from light adventure to grimmest dark to grand epic.

A very accurate depiction of cats

E.K. Johnston is writing a Star Wars book and I am very excited!

Alan Lomax’s entire archive of folk songs and interviews is now available for free online. This is really cool!

Lin-Manuel Miranda gave an immensely charming interview to the NYT about books. He loves the Big Nate books! and seems to read YA regularly! This just increases my desire to get him to read Code Name Verity somehow. (via literally everyone on my Twitter feed)

By Maureen LaFerney

My name is Maureen. I currently work as a library assistant in a public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader. I frequently end up under a cat.

3 replies on “Links from around the web: 4-6-2016”

Kate Elliott’s essay was wonderful. I’d like to make every fantasy and videogame writer read it. Actually, I’d make everyone read it, if it was up to me. I’m so tired of the representation of women as silent caregivers.

That link about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s reading likes is a perfect find. He comes across as so nerdy, intelligent and adorable that I’m almost unable to control my fangirling. Hamilton is a masterpiece.

Yeah, Elliott’s essay is really fantastic!

Lin-Manuel Miranda is almost too good to be true, but here we are.

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