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Meet the Author: China Miéville — an interview with China Miéville that Jodie definitely should not watch because there is no China Miéville/The Olympics fanfic on the internet.

➝ Ana, you've been watching Buffy and I found this podcast where the folks are doing a re-watch and discussing it...because you love podcasts. >.> Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 131: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Longmire,' 'Mad Men' & more.

Kyle Johnson 'Inception and Philosophy — this video was fascinating and hurt my face because I got all of this out of fandom three days after seeing the movie. We may need to invite this guy to fandom. Fandom. ♥

[personal profile] zachariah linked me to Short Film: Aperture: Lab Ratt, a fan-made Portal film that's awesome. I liked Portal better than Portal 2, but ultimately Portal 2 compliments everything in Portal really well. Film will probably not make much sense without the context of the games. *g*

➝ So I watched Prometheus on Friday. I think my first thought when it ended was, "Why can't we have more awesome live-action space movies that are similar to Titan A.E.?" which probably gives you an idea of how I felt about it. I was grossed out by all the horror (at least it was better than House of 1,000 Corpses), found most of the plot incomprehensible, and kept getting confused because I thought Holloway was asshole Tom Hardy (seriously he was an asshole in this movie). Foz Meadows has a great recap and theory about the movie that I highly recommend.




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Five Albums You Should Be Listening To Right Now at Music for Kids Who Can't Read Good. They mention my beloved Allo Darlin', the also wonderful Bowerbirds, and make me want to listen to all the rest.

➝ Racialicious on Why the pretty white girls YA book cover trend needs to end.

➝ Another post of theirs I found really useful as a white person who still has a whole lot to figure out was A Guide to Hipster Anti-Racism.

➝ From Where Things Stand at The Rumpus, which includes a race/ethnicity breakdown of the books reviewed by The New York Times in 2011:

These days, it is difficult for any writer to get a book published. We're all clawing. However, if you are a writer of color, not only do you face a steeper climb getting your book published, you face an even more arduous journey if you want that book to receive critical attention. It shouldn't be this way. Writers deserve that same fighting chance regardless of who they are but here we are, talking about the same old thing—these institutional biases that even by a count of 2011 data, remain deeply ingrained.


➝ Relevant to Jodie's interests: fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar on "Snow White and the Huntsman" (and also on the Grimms' version of the tale).

➝ RIP Ray Bradbury :( Bookshelves of Doom has a round up of obituaries and tributes.

➝ Here's one I particularly liked: Transit of Venus: A Personal (Queer) Tribute to Ray Bradbury.

➝ Also via Bookshelves of Doom, Maureen Johnson on blog tours:

I regard my internet space as mine. It's not a marketing tool. It's not for rent. It's not for sale. It has no ads. That's not what I do. I maintain it just so I can put up whatever crap feels RIGHT. Certainly, there are loads of sites that use their space differently, that have multiple authors and a different function. I'm not saying it's wrong to host a blog tour! NOT AT ALL! I'm just saying it's not for me. So I don't do it. If I change my mind and someone says, "Hey, will you post this?" …well, maybe I'll do it on an individual basis. But, you know. I just like having my own little playground to play in.


➝ I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to visual arts, but I thought that these sculptures by Australian artist Patricia Piccinini were pretty amazing.

➝ I'll leave you with some reflections on the BEA Book Blogger Con 2012. First, there's a great recap at Read React Review:

I was also struck by the different tracks bloggers are on. As I met up with different bloggers, it became clear to me we wanted different things out of the whole experience, and were on very different trajectories with our blogs. Not every blogger hopes to one day quit her day job and live off her blog, whether it be from monetizing blog content, writing books, or using it as a platform to become an editor or author or work in publishing. Not every blogger wants to get more and more eyeballs or even more and more influence. I found myself feeling that the default definition of blog success at this conference was monetization and stats, and while that's fine for those who have those goals, it's a bit limiting for those who do not.


➝ And this is what The Book Smugglers had to say: The environment felt exploitative and slightly condescending, as opposed to a horizontal meeting of equals.




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➝ Have I mentioned recently that the ladies at threadbared are SO smart? In 'A Pyre to Privilege, Not An Invitation to Gendered Shaming' Minh-Ha T.Pham manages to remind us that there are harmful consequences associated with the production of luxury fashion items and also explains why solely critiquing fashion's ethics can be a problem:

'The gendered subtext that always lurks behind this finger wagging is why I'm turned off by fashion-shaming of all stripes and sizes. (While Shields is as responsible for this art project as Eastwood, because it's her body that we see in the photographs and because fashion is almost automatically associated with women, she's received a disproportionate amount of the criticism. Commenters have used a myriad of sexist epithets to deride Eastwood.) Seldom is this kind of moralizing and shaming lodged at consumers of luxury cars, personal technologies, homes, and vacation packages even as all these luxury items have adverse effects on the local environments and economies in which they're produced.'


➝ Malinda Lo announces that she'll be holding YA Pride month at her blog in June.

➝ Jason Alexander offers a detailed apology for making jokes about cricket being gay which shows that he really understands why his comments were out of line. I thought it was interesting that his life is filled with gay people, but he still didn't understand that his comments might make gay people feel bad. I find that it's quite common, especially in British culture, for people to have gay friends but still habitually make jokes about things being gay. Somehow the connection between the words they say and the person they care about just doesn't exist in their mind.

➝ Scarlett Johansson questions why she gets 'the rabbit food question' when a journalist talks to her and Robert Downey, Jnr. about the Avengers. I bet Johansson gives great death stare.

On a related note, does anyone else find it near impossible to read mainstream media profile pieces of female celebrities without bursting into flames of rage? The first two paragraphs usually draw pseudo-psychological conclusions from the way a woman is dressed. At some point the woman's age and weight will inevitably be mentioned. Is it so hard to just talk about the work people?!

➝ I went to see 'Snow White and the Huntsman' this week and one of the many, many (many) trailers shown before we could SEE THE FILM was for 'Rock of Ages'.



I am pretty uncomfortable seeing Tom Cruise cast as the chest baring, ego struck aging celebrity. It just feels like a tailor made piece of actor service that provides Cruise with an opportunity to win the audience over with his "delightful" "self-awareness". Look, he can take a joke! Isn't he adorable? Um...isn't this supposed to be a film, not a promotional campaign for Tom Cruise?

➝ I like to think I'm reasonably well protected from political disappointment by a thick layer of critical cynicism but this kind of shocked me. Ukrainian politicians started punching each other in a parliamentary session.

➝ My Friend Amy is the newest 'Borgen' convert. Yussss! And she would like to explain why you should watch 'Borgen' too.

➝ Ending with a bit of self-promotion, I'm extending an open invitation to my new Bookgazing Tumblr. I'm aiming to keep this space for quick posts on fannish glee, videos with animals in them and capslocking rants about stupid things. You've been warned.
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