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.
JOHN CHO CON/HEIST MOVIE THIS IS NOT A DRILL
Someone wrote a Very Bad essay about YA
Ada’s Ideas is a new picture book about Ada Byron Lovelace!
I really appreciated Kelly Jensen’s thoughtful look at reviews and criticism and how these aren’t neutral nor benign.
Fashion for space princesses
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.
“The Killing Joke movie is a disaster” is something almost any of us could have told you. i09’s report is pretty conclusive. (RELATED)
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.
Two ebook deals! My dearly beloved Code Name Verity is 1.99 right now. Also, completely coincidentally, Roses and Rot is too! I absolutely recommend both of them.
“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!
Bid on advanced copies of Stephanie Burgis’s next two books!
If you’re interested in YA, Kelly Jensen’s massive 230+ roundup of new books (just through June!!!) is well worth taking the time to look through.
Although this essay on “How not to talk about African fiction” is about adult fiction, it’s equally relevant to YA and kidlit in general.
You probably have already seen the Rogue One trailer, but just in case…or you know, if you want an excuse to watch it again.
This thread on the issues with casting in terms of Ghost in the Shell was really informative in giving the cultural background of the anime.
No one wants this, James Cameron.
This nine year-old-girl reporter is AMAZING. ” I don’t think people should be able to decide for me who I should be and what I should be doing. I never began my newspaper so that people would think I was cute. I started the Orange Street News to give people the information they need to know.”
Dear New York Times: this is gross and you should feel bad.
This thread of studies showing what Black people have said all along is something to read and sit with awhile if you’re white.
They’re finally just going to leave Hamilton on the $10 and take Jackson off the $20, which is what everyone wanted in the first place (because Jackson was horrible). *eye roll*
Laura Turner’s post about “The insufficiency of self-care” is a really thoughtful look at the subject, and it sparked some good conversations with friends.
This cat takes the train in Tokyo by himself. Bonus: he looks a lot like my cat and is the cutest!
Simone Biles & Gabby Douglas being happy for each other is so great!!
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)