As always, links are a good excuse to tell you what I’ve been thinking about. Here are today’s:
- Sarah McCarry writes about Dirty Wings for Scalzi’s Big Idea series. She’s the best and I cannot wait to read this book. Quote:
But really what [Dirty Wings] is about—what it’s about for me, anyway—is being that girl with her eye on the edge of the world, that girl who says yes to all the wild things, that girl teaching herself how to run for the sake of running, choosing the uncertain, writing her own rules. Telling her own story, drawing her own maps. That girl who decided not to wait around for dragons. I wanted a story about girls who made their own trouble, and so I wrote it. Here’s hoping you like trouble, too.Also, did you read Courtney Summers’ interview with her?
- This has been on my mind: “How librarians enable neoliberalism and inequality, and what we can do to resist it”.
- As has this: “Perceptions of Migrants: The Individual and the Group” — especially the bit where they say “...it seems that positive personal experiences alone are not enough to change an individual’s hostile views towards a group”. I don’t have any solutions, but I suppose that less media scaremongering and better representation would be a start.
- The F Word on why Immigration is a feminist issue.
- The other day I joined the first strike of my adult working life (though I’d joined student ones before). This post articulates many of the reasons why I felt it was important to take part.
- “Let Us Consider the Mountain Goats” by Emma Stanford:
At this point I’d like to lay down a grand theory about what makes Mountain Goats songs such good survival tools, but the truth is I don’t know. It’s easy to see why a balls-out anthem like “Heretic Pride” or “This Year” would be effective, but that doesn’t explain why so many people—myself among them—develop emotional dependencies on all the ugly little songs about dogs and owls and alcoholic Floridians. Their brevity helps, I suppose; JD doesn’t dick around building harmonies while you’re waiting to get healed.Why don’t I read this kind of smart and personal writing about music more often? Where is it hiding?
- I want to read Friendship because NPR called it a book “about the real, unglamorous daily battle that is not being a jerk”, and the last time I read a book about that (The Crane Wife) it kind of floored me.
- Jessica’s recent post about blogger burnout was timely and very helpful for me. There’s good advice there for anyone who devotes a lot of time and energy to demanding long-term projects whose benefits are not always immediately visible or easy to quantify.
- I’ve had two posts go up at Lady Business recently: a discussion of the second season of The Legend of Korra and a joint Half Year in Media post.
- Aarti has written a “save the date” post about A More Diverse Universe, which is expanding beyond speculative fiction this year. I love what she says here:
You may have to change your book-finding habits to include POC authors in your reading rotation. You absolutely do not need to change your book-reading habits.
Let me explain. Have a thirst for epic fantasy? There's a growing number of books available to you. Science fiction? A small but strong contingent. Non-Fiction? For sure. Memoirs? Definitely. Graphic novels? Absolutely. Travel writing? Got you covered. Romance? Yup. Women's fiction? Mystery? Thrillers? Historical fiction? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Whatever genre you enjoy, you can read diversely within that genre.
- Finally, not a link but a life update: I’ve finally gathered the courage to start cycling to work, and there have been no casualties so far. It’s hard to explain how accomplished this makes me feel: to give you an idea, until a year and a half ago my ready-made answer to “tell us a weird fact about yourself” was “I never learned how to ride a bike”. Here are some pictures from the long weekend ride that gave me the confidence I needed:
I didn’t crash into these poor unsuspecting cows!