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Winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2014 were announced! To my delight, Ancillary Justice won Best Newcomer, and Speculative Fiction 2012 (which Lady Business was featured in!) won Best Nonfiction.

➝ ALERT: Shohreh Aghdashloo has been cast as Avasarala in The Expanse series that's coming to SyFy. She was so great on Grimm, and I'm really excited. They also cast Steven Strait as Holden, which I was dubious about until I googled some pictures, and then I was like, no, you're right, you're totally right.

(spoilers: I predict I like show!Holden way more than book!Holden, because I am shallow. I will probably still dislike Miller.)

Now I'm nervously waiting on Naomi, Alex, Amos, and Bobbie. This is torture, because what if they get it wrong? Whoever is doing the casting for this show, I want to find them, and blow kisses at them, and buy them an edible arrangement after checking about fruit allergies to get them to go faster. #BRIBERY

Nobody Loves Other Actresses More Than Jessica Chastain, which is like opening a bottle of rainbows and drinking the whole thing at once. She precedes Robert Downey, Jr. in talking about how there should already be a Black Widow franchise, come on, Marvel. At this point I just want the whole of Hollywood to just start mentioning it at every opportunity. [twitter.com profile] drurbanski and I had a nerdy discussion about how the Marvel cast should handle it. They're creative people. I believe in them.

Press: "What's your favorite film of YEAR?"
Actor: "Well, X, and Y, but you know, I bet a BLACK WIDOW MOVIE would be right up there at the top…if it existed.

But more subtle.

➝ Via [tumblr.com profile] talitha78, Watch this great video with Alfre Woodard, Laverne Cox, Nicole Beharie and Danai Gurira. I loved this: "They have no idea who America is."

Abigail reviews Lucy and makes some excellent points I hadn't thought about.

Trigger warning: rape, assault, harassment. Live Nude Girls by Genevieve Valentine is gutting, and as she always is, so on point.

➝ Okay, this interview with Ales Kot, the writer of the next Bucky Barnes comic, is AMAZING. This dude is so awesomely weird. I cannot wait to read this comic.

This is a minor thing, but I heard a rumor that, when you started writing Secret Avengers for Marvel, you wanted to make S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson gay. Is the rumor true?
No comment.

I figured that would be the answer.
However, I will say that I've read some rather great slash fiction where Coulson was definitely gay.

The teens on Tumblr are all right by Aja Romano:

The truth is that teen culture is not homogenous—and neither is fangirl culture. Teenagers are complicated and complex, and they behave differently in different contexts. The average teenager who goes to a Five Seconds of Summer concert and screams her head off is actually capable of writing an essay on the political situation in the Gaza Strip the next day. She’s capable of liking Taylor Swift and disliking heels, of deploying a Twitter hashtag or helping out a charity drive, of loving Twilight and hating Fifty Shades of Grey. She contains multitudes.

There's now a blog for tracking the Hugos/Nebulas. Someone has finally gone even more hardcore nerd than our spreadsheet (which everyone should feel free to use in order to tell me what short fiction I should be reading, because once again, failure). I heartily approve of this endeavor, anon!

Cora rounds up some more Hugo/Worldcon commentary.

➝ From [tumblr.com profile] apartyoflovers, From the Bookshelf of Steve Rogers, because yes, the bookshelves of fictional characters are important to me. >.>

Fanlore is having Stub September! I'm always so nervous about editing Fanlore. I'd love to do it but I'm sure I'd break something, or worse, humiliate myself beyond recovery.

➝ I don't talk about my OTW work here much, but my committee, Volunteers & Recruiting, recently published our 2013 Annual Report with the excellent help of the Communications team. Releasing it publicly was my idea, and nothing has exploded so far so I'm gonna call it a success! \o/ If you like nerdy charts and musings on internal OTW work, this report may interest you! I'M SO HAPPY IT'S DONE. Sometimes I just sit and admire it. And then I feel guilty because I should be working on more tasks.

➝ Also in the OTW vein, it's time to renew our DMCA exemption!:

Fan Video & Multimedia is once again working with our Legal Committee as well as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to petition for a DMCA exemption granting vidders, AMV makers, and other creators of noncommercial remix video the right to break copy protection on media files. In 2010, we won the right to rip DVDs; in 2012, we got that exemption renewed and expanded to include digital downloads (iTunes, Amazon Unbox, etc.). In 2015, we’ll be pushing to add Blu-Ray. Right now we’re in the data-gathering stage: asking fan video makers to talk with us about how they get Blu-Ray source and why Blu-Ray is important.

This is also available on tumblr, if you'd like to reblog for your vidding followers!

➝ Earlier this year Jodie got into it with Buzzfeed over a list of books they made that was, let's say, heavy on the dudes. Finally, it happened to Natalie, too, and she made 57 Mind-Blowing Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Books in response. Everyone invested in representation in SF goes through this eventually: the Buzzfeed Book Breakdown. That's it, that's what we're going to call it.

Jenny introduced me to Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, after Kameron Hurley started appearing everywhere (and it's true; she's everywhere). I'm so pleased this has a name!

Friday Five: 5 Sf/F Books That Ace The Bechdel Test from Cecily. I can definitely endorse The Other Half of the Sky. I would add the Spiritwalker trilogy. I'm sure there are more I'm not thinking of!

here is a giftset of a bunny nomming a flower.

  
[text: Did I tell you about the dream I had about @Nymeth once? I dreamed I went to visit her & she didn't have any books so I asked where her books were & she gave me a super creepy smile & said "All have been consumed." #dreams]






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This interview with Perfume Genius is full of useful thoughts about how critics respond to work by lgbtq artists.

The science of cookies: this is awesome and useful to know :D

➝ I'll probably not get around to writing about The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, so let me point you towards Jenny's review because she nails it.

➝ From What Kind of Worker Is a Writer?:
Writing, Olsen reminded her readers, takes time, education, energy, and resources, and these things are unevenly distributed. She encouraged us to attend to unorthodox writing produced in unfavorable circumstances—letters, diaries, scrapbooks like her own—and, in doing so, to question what counts as literature.


This interview with the creators of Lumberjanes reminds me that I really ought to start reading it.

➝ Lory at the Emerald City Book Review has announced Witch Week, a blogging event that will be dedicated to Diana Wynne Jones this year. Follow the link for more details and to find out how to take part!

➝ Lastly, this week's song is by Regina Spektor, because my current obsession with Orange is the New Black reminded me of how much I like her:

Date: 2014-09-09 02:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com
I am not SUCH a fan of Jessica Chastain (nothing I can pin down, just not that crazy about her in movies), but her support for other actresses is making me love her after all. The Aja Romano and Genevieve Valentine essays both in their own way remind me that there is a book called Spectacular Girls out from NYU Press and that I really want to read it.

Y'all are making me blush very bright pink by mentioning me so many times all at once! I cannot take credit for the Baader-Meinhof thing. That is weirdly courtesy of Cristin Milioti's new sitcom, which I watched the pilot of one evening because I was procrastinating doing something else. :p

Date: 2014-09-09 02:17 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay
I have actually never seen a film with Chastain, I think (in about an hour I will remember seeing her in like three or four things)? But I love how supportive she is of other actors. Every time I see an interview with her she's talking up another woman and it's SO GREAT.

Is this the book you mean? Because now I want to read it!!

Well, you can take credit for introducing me to it, as my humiliation trigger no longer allows me to watch most sitcoms. ;) It's super cool to put names to things like that!

I also really hope that one day I convince Ana to write her memoirs or an essay collection about her life as a librarian, so I can annoy her into making the title/subtitle "All Have Been Consumed".

Date: 2014-09-11 04:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] myfriendamy
aw Ana you are watching (or watched) OITNB?!?



Date: 2014-09-11 06:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nymeth
Watched! Finished it two days ago - what do I do with myseeeeeeeeelf? :P I have lots of thoughts and feelings that will hopefully become a post at some point.

Date: 2014-09-11 07:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] myfriendamy
hmm maybe I should try to watch Season 2 to be prepared for this post!

Date: 2014-09-11 07:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nymeth
Yeeeees. S2 has a very different sort of feel than S1, and I thought that in some ways that worked brilliantly but in others not so much.

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