Nov 9, 2012

Linky Links

  • At some point in the past few years, I completely ran out of patience for discussions about genre. You know the kind I mean: the ones where someone comes up with a disingenuous, self-serving definition of genre that goes something like, “if it questions the status quo/if it’s well-written/if the characterisation has any depth/if it’s actually any good, then it’s not genre”. It’s No true Scotsman at its finest, and I just can’t be bothered to engage with this sort of argument anymore. However, reading a good, thoughtful response to pieces like this is still extremely satisfying, which is why I appreciated Clare’s last Sunday Salon post so much.

  • Speaking of satisfying responses to frustrating arguments, you all need to read Stefanie’s excellent Digital Humanities, More Than Just Data, a response to a piece that includes such pearls of wisdom as “digitization leads to the decline of the sacred”. I wish I were making that up.

  • Jenny’s post about the things we believe because we encountered them in books when we were young and our brains can’t quite let go of them put the biggest smile on my face. Jenny’s example is wolves attacking trains because of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Make sure you read the comments too!
  • loudbookishtype (a new to me blog I’ve been really enjoying) has a post about why Dorothy Sayers’ Busman’s Honeymoon is such a satisfying read even though it breaks all the rules of a good mystery:
    That’s why I love Dorothy Sayers’ mysteries: I love Harriet and Peter, selfishness and elitism and post-traumatic stress and all. They are wonderful, fully realized characters, and I will never get tired of reading about them. Keep your Nick and Nora Charles, keep your Darcy and Elizabeth, keep your goddamn Heathcliff and Kathy; this is the only literary couple I swoon for. They are lovely people, and I want them to be happy forever, and I want to keep reading about it. To hell with the rules.
    This one definitely falls under “things I wish I’d written”.

  • Violet at Still Life With Books has a trans friend who could use some help: Paying it Forward.

  • Remember how much fun Advent with Austen was last year? Well, you’re in luck. This year Yvann is hosting Advent with Atwood, which is similarly pleasingly alliterative, and I’m helping out again. You can join the read-along of The Blind Assassin, join us for a Twitter chat about the movie adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, or simply read a book by Margaret Atwood in December.

  • Lastly, Book Gazing is recruiting participants for two lgbtq reading projects. One is a group read of Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch culminating in a chat about the book; the other is having a team of six people come together to read the Green Carnation Prize short list. If any of this sounds like your sort of thing, just click over.
That’s all I have for you today. Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. Thanks for signal boosting :D And for reminding me to return to Jenny's comments and see what people believed (the bear conversation - fascinating).

  2. You're welcome - hope you get a team together soon!

  3. Woo, loudbookishtype! I know her in real life and she's really awesome; I'm so glad you're enjoying her blog.

    And thanks for the signal boost. <3 I love link posts like this, I should try and fit some in…

  4. Sometimes, I think your blog is my dream of what a digital librarian could do. "Oh, dear, you are looking for something on digital humanities? Hrm... well, I've read THIS one and its very well thought out, try it and let me know what you think. Then I might have more suggestions for you." Like an open-minded docent of the interwebs.

  5. Thanks for the nod and all the other links to so many wonderful posts! I've been having fun exploring them :)

  6. Okay, too much good reading here. :) Though I have to admit that the post about Digital Humanities pretty much went over my head. But I've got a quick question for you--is the Dorothy Sayers' post safe to read if I haven't read that book yet? Sounds like such an awesome post, but I don't want to be to eager and spoil anything for myself.

  7. I just want to ditto Jason's comment.

  8. *fistbumps Ms Trisha* Whoever gets rich first. We have to hire her to do this fulltime. ;)

  9. There can never be enough posts about how great Harriet and Peter are as a couple. They are the best couple ever. They like talking about books and she got him the John Donne thing for their present and he got her the chessmen. Oh.

    (I'm glad my post made you smile!)

  10. I think I should start reading Dorothy Sayers! Plus, that blog seems wonderful :)

    So many thoughtful links this week Ana. I will be trying to catch up with all of them now.

  11. Yes, docent of the interwebs.
    I loved all the links in this post, not least because my computer is broken and I'm not getting around to all the blogs I usually read. Because of this post, I now know that spindles are not sharp.

  12. Thank you so much for linking to my blog, Ana! Yesterday my blog broke its current record for most views, and I think it's mainly thanks to you and your kind words about my Busman's Honeymoon post. My blog is only a couple months old, so any publicity is greatly appreciated!

    (and to anyone who's worried - no, there are no spoilers in my Busman's Honeymoon review, so you may read without fear)

  13. Great links! And I agree with what Jason said so eloquently and Trisha seconded. :-)

  14. Clare: I had no idea! Small world :D

    Jason: *blushes* I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you or Trisha win the lottery, because I'd definitely not mind doing that :P

    Stefanie: You're most welcome and I'm glad to hear it!

    Debi: It has no spoilers for Busman's Honeymoon, though it does assume you know a few things about Peter and Harriet - but I think that at this point they're common knowledge? Feel free to click or save it for later depending on how much you know/want to know about the general shape of their story.

    Trisha: You are both too kind!

    Jenny: Right? They're just so perfect.

    Iris: Yes you should! Is she on that list I made for you? If not, can I retrospectively amend it? ;)

    Jeanne: I'm so glad the computer woes are behind you now.

    loudbookishtype: Aw, that makes me really happy. Your blog is wonderful and I hope that many more people discover it.

    Stephanie: You are all way too nice to me! Too bad that "Link Curator" isn't a real job :P


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