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➝ The Culture Gabfest covered the literary/genre divide. Ana, you should listen and then come rant at me. ;)

➝ My favorite song for this week:

Slinky on a treadmill! I love these things.

➝ I started following [tumblr.com profile] lacigreen and it's so fun! I spent a few hours going through all the videos and learned a lot.

➝ Ana, have you seen this review of Straight?

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I’m a reader, so I write for readers. I write about books, and why I like certain books. Liz B's Audience and Writing for Readers is only one of the many interesting posts to come out of the Unconventional Blog Tour. You should check them all out.

➝ Renay, I know you're always on the lookout for interesting bookish podcasts, so I was wondering whether you'd come across The Writer and the Critic yet.

The Horrifying Gender Gap in Media Sourcing: Even when news stories are about issues central to women, the press overwhelmingly quotes men. Though as people have been pointing out, the paper that published this piece really should have included itself in the analysis.

➝ I loved seeing Ursula Le Guin discuss her recent reading. It was particularly interesting to read her thoughts on Kij Johnson, since they're both authors with such a huge place in my heart.

➝ And speaking of authors I love on other authors I love (something that never fails to make me happy): Katherine Langrish on The Brides of Rollrock Island.

➝ There's a Kickstarted project going on right now to fund a zine called It's Complicated: A Feminist Zine on Loving Misogynist Art. I'll start with a disclaimer about linking to Kickstarter projects akin to Jodie's from a few weeks ago: this is not in any way an attempt to subtly pressure you into contributing. As someone who's been unemployed for almost a year, I know very well not everyone is in a financial position to do so. But I wanted to let you know about this project anyway because it sounds so interesting. I'm sure I'm not the only one here who's had the experience of feeling attached to, or seeing value in, works of art that are very blatantly sexist, and I'm always interested in how people negotiate those experiences. The creators of this project say,

We hope to start an ongoing cultural conversation about the uncomfortable yet influential role that misogynist art plays in our lives. Over the next several months, our plan is to expand It's Complicated into a book and create a website where even more contributors can publish their writing and readers are invited to participate in discussions on the topic.

I really hope this conversation does happen.

➝ I'll leave you with a wonderful TED talk — Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls.

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➝ It's Jubilee weekend in the UK. So. many. flags. My plans for the weekend revolve around doing the most patriotic thing a Brit can possibly do by walking through rainy streets to get some drinks in with friends :P Then I'll watch the boat pageant on TV Sunday while my hangover calms down. Looking forward to lots of historical commentary on boats (yes, yes I think we've established that I'm a huge geek).

➝ Over at the History Girls Leslie Wilson asks why we don't celebrate the Putney debates:

'Have we ever had Jubilee celebrations for the Putney Debates, country-wide? Why not? Instead, at a time when people are beginning to question the idea of an unelected Second Chamber of Parliament, the institution of unelected monarchy remains largely unchallenged - to a point where, when a member of the Royal Family made a mess of his ambassadorial role recently, Parliament was instructed that the Royal Family were not to be criticised. Incidentally, until the Human Rights Act was passed, it would have been illegal for me to write this blog piece, as it was a felony (I think that's the correct term) for anyone to advocate in writing the abolition of the Monarchy.'

I had the good fortune have a really passionate lecturer teach me about the English Civil War and it is a little bit of a historical obsession of mine, but we didn't spend much time on the Putney debates. Whatever you may think about Cromwell's final judgement on Charles I (we could totally talk about this is you'd like), it sounds like it's difficult to argue with the value of these discussions.

Julia Stone’s recent cover of The National’s ‘Bloodbuzz Ohio’ seems relevant to Ana’s interests. I'm thinking about maybe doing a post on my favourite cover songs by female artists. What does everyone think?

➝ Congratulations to Birmingham women's football team for winning the women's FA Cup :D Local ladies for the win.

➝ This ad, which shows Oscar Pistorius, para-olympic athlete, looking like a super hot superhero/demi-god is playing repeatedly at Euston station:

I may have watched it quite a few times now and it never gets old.

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