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➝ Here are "37 Things Cut From The Force Awakens", via BuzzFeed.

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw looks at what The Force Awakens tells us about Stormtrooper ideology in the First Order.

White Canary is going to have a lady love interest in Legends of Tomorrow! The 2016 femslash begins.

The Paramount Vault is a YouTube channel run by the movie studio that puts up loads of their movies to watch, legally, for free.

Ariell R. Johnson, the owner of Philadephia’s Amalgam Comics & Coffee, is the first black woman to own and operate a comic book store on the East Coast. And she’s a huge proponent for diversity in comics. If you are in Philly or Philly-adjacent, go support her store!

Aja Romano takes down Steven Moffat—with his own words.


➝ There's a new sci-fi, lady-centric podcast on the scene! Check out Episode #1 of Galhalla Podcast by [twitter.com profile] willowcabins. :D It looks like the blog will be quality to follow, too, with a lot of excellent links of interest. You can follow the podcast on Twitter at [twitter.com profile] PodGalhalla. Women in podcasting. *\o/*

➝ Via [twitter.com profile] ajaromano, I discovered These Curious Times, a fandom meta site that looks super interesting. :D

[twitter.com profile] Hello_Tailor and [twitter.com profile] elizabethminkel started a rec letter for fanwork and other links of interest, The Rec Center. Sign up for cool fannish links.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is making a triumphant return!

Kate Elliott is starting a series of posts on world building. SUBSCRIBE TODAY.

New episode of Fangirl Happy Hour!

Foz Meadows has a new novella out, Coral Bones! Go Foz go! *\o/*

Ryan Coogler Will Direct Upcoming Black Panther Movie. I'M SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS.

Now Playing in Your Headphones: Nothing was a reflection of how I often use headphones in public situations (especially when I'm in a group of men). Although, I'm not surprised someone admitted using it to eavesdrop, because this is my #1 for listening to conversations to study the flow and cadence of conversations for writing dialogue.

Why Do I Have to Call This App 'Julie'? — Discussing the gendered nature of "assistant" apps, it quickly becomes clear that the technology we create will continue to carry on along gender essentialist lines unless we critique why we're choosing to program things in certain ways. There's also an emotional element, too. From the article:

But Julie could be the name of a friend of mine. To use it at all requires an element of playacting. And if I treat it with kindness, the company is capitalizing on my very human emotions.

The Duty of Professional Reviews summed up what I want professional reviews to do. But maybe without erasing women or other marginalized groups from the own narratives (I continue to want professional reviews to get better but being 100% dubious about their ability to do so in heavily sexist/racist genres when the people reading/reviewing in those genres have no obligation to examine their prejudices).

What Goes Through Your Mind: On Nice Parties and Casual Racism — brilliant and uncomfortable and painful.

'Creed's' Tessa Thompson Eyed to Join Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez in 'Annihilation' — I haven't read the books by VanderMeer yet, but I am super stoked that we may be getting an adaptation that will provide more awesome roles for women! :D

I am glad singular they is getting more mainstream attention, but this push to tell me that "schlong" has any other modern meaning than SOMEWHAT VIOLENT INTERACTION WITH A PENIS keeping cropping up and NO. JUST NO.

➝ Anyway, after all that, have some NARWHAL BABIES!

Book Acquisitions

Added TBR: Trying Leviathan: The Nineteenth-Century New York Court Case That Put the Whale on Trial and Challenged the Order of Nature by D. Graham Burnett, Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeffrey Seller, Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) by Marion Nestle, First Bite: How We Learn to Eat by Bee Wilson, A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, Act of God by Jill Ciment


This pair of tumblr posts talking about Kylo Ren/Rey through the context of "Abusive behaviour is sold to teenage girls as romantic" kinda shook me up when I read them, because yes! This is a dynamic I recognise! This is what I'd say most-to-all of my preteen and pre-fandom reading looked like, and I definitely get the "Why aren't these two characters together yet?" that became "Oh god why did I think that this was a romance?" as I grew up and learned more.

The Last of the Teddy Girls look really badass and cool, and I would like ALL of the stories about them.

This sounds like the sort of reading challenge that one of us would do, and I quite like watching the author's lightbulb moment as he gets it.

"Why the hell," sez I on the train, gasping, exhilarated, overcome with awe, "did it take me this long to read To the Lighthouse?" "The Fire Next Time is every bit as brilliant as people have been telling me for a decade, and it’s only like eighty pages long. Why did I not—" Midnight’s Children! Fucking Midnight’s Children, which is a groundbreaking, critically acclaimed literary novel about the X-Men, what was I waiting for. I knew I loved Woolf. I loved Satanic Verses. So why did I read [stack of mediocre novels] before these?

... Oh.



(Plus, the most fascinating part of this is the way that no one seems to be ragging on him for this – I can think of a lot of similar reading challenges where the people doing it caught hell for ~wanting people to read to quotas~ or ~discriminating against straight-white-male authors~. It'd be interesting to know if this lack of drama is because of the author's identity as a white male writer, if it's because he didn't talk about it until he'd done it, or if maybe the internet has become a less terrible place! .... Yeah, I don't think it's that last one either.)

➝ Leslie Odom Jr. talks about Being Aaron Burr and I love this interview a lot. There's so much thought and knowledge and love of what he does on show here, it's amazing.

Date: 2016-01-14 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Or people like Rey/Kylo Ren because it's fucked up. When did "I ship it" start to equal "I think this is a healthy relationship for all involved"? Back in my day, we had YKINMKATO and we liked it. /shakes cane at fandom youngsters

I loved the article on "A Year of Reading differently", although it's always weird, as a French person, to see someone say "Dumas was black!" because you don't say.

Odom's interview about Hamilton/Burr is great, thank you for linking it.


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