A few things that caught my interest!
This article is a wild ride! Although I do feel pretty bad for the authors and other people who were duped.
The Blacklist is a column that brings to light out-of-print books by Black authors.
The World Fantasy Award Finalists were announced, reminding me just how behind I am on SFF from last year.
“I’m starting to have serious doubts about Amazon Prime” this tech writer opines and I mean. Yes? (Linking here because I do appreciate the inside perspective/the nitty-gritty of the numbers.)
I know I just published a links post, but I’ve come across a couple of things I’d like to share.
First, an eyewitness description of the conditions in one of the shelters where young children are being housed after being forcibly taken away from their parents. This entire process is so cruel, so devoid of compassion or humanity, that it makes a complete mockery of any claim America has to moral authority.
It’s hard to shift gears from that, but I really appreciated this personal essay about being married and being yourself.
This upcoming book sounds like it could be pretty cool!
I did not know there was a Victorian-era London railway station specifically for coffins and mourners! How cool and bizarre.
Just a few things I’ve found interesting recently. They are mostly depressing. Please enjoy this photo of my cat looking winsome while sitting at the dinner table.
This essay about Auburn softball is thoughtfully written in clear and cutting prose, but I kept feeling haunted by the question of how a female reporter might have written it, given the same access and background. How many times can you not see something right in front of you before you become part of the problem? [cw: abuse]
How we teach aspiring illustrators is part of the problem when it comes to the gender gap in kidlit award winners.
I’ve still only seen like half a season of The Americans, but I really liked this essay about translating the Russian dialogue and the specific language choices made. [spoilers for the finale]
I hope that you all know how much I love I Capture the Castle (spoiler: A LOT), so I found this essay on Cassandra’s hesitant faith and its echoes in Marilynne Robinson to be really intriguing. While I wanted the essay to go a step further in terms of drawing out its arguments & conclusion, it did illuminate a facet of one of my favorite books that I hadn’t considered much before. (R. has been telling me to read Gilead for ages and I really should do that.)
Ever wondered what happens when Queen Elizabeth II eventually dies? The Guardian found out–and wrote a long, thorough read that looks at the protocol and what it suggests about the nation and its future.
Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, is TOO MUCH, as are these two adorable children. On a day when the future looks horrifying & uncertain, it’s good to remember what we’re fighting for.
An excellent thread on happy/hopeful endings & the merits of comfort books.
FIYAH Magazine has released the results of a Black SFF Writer Survey. They “encourage readers to view the FIYAH Black SFF Writer Survey Report as a contextualization tool […] attempting to add what is probably the most neglected–and most important–perspective to the conversation: that of black writers themselves.” Diversify publishing on every level, friends.
Tiptree Awarrrrrrddddd AND one of my favorite books from last year (When the Moon Was Ours) won!
Look, it’s almost the election and I wish I could say that these links are full of happy things. There are some, but first:
The upcoming book The Continent, which has apparently been getting a lot of buzz, is also apparently full of really awful stereotyping and racism. I won’t be reading or recommending this one in any way.
In other terrible news, Johnny Depp has been cast in Fantastic Beasts 2. So. Yeah. That’s happening, and I’m furious and sad and tired about it.
Twitter friend Amy Diegelman wrote a fiery essay in response to harassment in the comics world. Required reading if you care about comics and/or women’s experiences online. Also see this thread from Noelle Stevenson, which made me actually cry.
My dear friend Ally shared some valuable tips for helping someone struggling with a mental health crisis. It’s aimed at teens and librarians, but is worth reading no matter what.
The World Fantasy Awards were announced and they look pretty great! I will say I’m somewhat baffled by the choice for Novel. And I’m not giving the WFC a pass on this year, considering the lead up to the Convention.
If you are also a fan of Sydney Padua’s Thrilling Adventures of Babbage and Lovelace, you’ll be happy to know that THERE’S A NEW COMIC!! If you’re not a fan, please go read it so that we can discuss the joys of mathematics and the iniquities of street organs.
Finally, I saw a link to this 2012 Zen Cho short story recently and it is incredibly comforting and lovely and perfect.
Short edition of links this time, as I’ve been busy and dealing with some personal stuff.
Someone wrote a Very Bad essay about YA
I really appreciated Kelly Jensen’s thoughtful look at reviews and criticism and how these aren’t neutral nor benign.
The programming for the World Fantasy Convention has been released and it is a MESS. Here’s just one thread out of many on why it’s so bad. (I had been thinking about going because I grew up in Columbus & it’s an easy drive back, but NOOOOOOOOPE.)
In happier news, Hamilton: starring Elephant & Piggie is a true delight.
I also just read the latest issue of Amy Diegelman’s new newsletter about politics, focusing on filibusters and which features…Aaron Burr! (Of course.) It’s pretty delightful, and I subscribed to the newsletter right after reading it.
“My Father, the YouTube Star” is a lovely look at a complicated relationship.
North Carolina’s Voter ID restrictions were struck down after it was shown that African-American communities were deliberately targeted “with almost surgical precision.” (For example.)
A really good post on “Disability Allies in the Library,” which I will definitely been thinking about in my own work.
Fireside Fiction devoted a whole issue to looking at the state of #BlackSpecFic. It’s hard but very necessary reading.
Do you want some good old Gaudy Night feels? Look no further.
Tracey Baptiste has a great post about how to write scary stories that are just the right amount of terrifying.
What the tea dumped into Boston Harbor would have looked like.
The London Metropolitan Archives put 250,000 archival images of London online. This is such a great resource if you’re writing historical fiction or if you’re just a London fan who wants to get lost in the past.
I’m really interested in this senior housing project in France–it sounds really amazing!
If you’re a YA fan and want to read some brand new authors, Kelly Jensen has a round up of debut YA from July.
I haven’t done a links post in a looong time! Let’s see if I remember how.
“A Tech Writer Explains Fashion” to women, who obviously don’t understand how it works. I haven’t read the original because I can’t handle how angry it would make me, but this takedown is superb. (via Natalie Luhrs)
“Steering Into It” is a really good post on how to be helpful to someone who’s hurting.
Terri Windling gave a lecture about Tolkien’s legacy in the fantasy world awhile back. I haven’t listened to it yet, but it sounds like it’ll be fascinating! (via Stephanie Burgis)
Want to learn about an amazing Native lady? Of course you do! Musician, writer and activist Zitkala-Ša.
Living with high-functioning anxiety. So, uh, yeah. This is me. (The part about making a list to get through a Sunday made me wince.)
I will miss The Toast, especially for pieces like this one. “There is lace at your throat and wrists and disdain in your eyes and heart” is perfection.
Finally, a good number of internet friends and acquaintances got together to discuss in depth one of my favorite books ever, Jane Austen’s Persuasion. It’s a great discussion, and I even got a shout out!