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Someone on tumblr pointed out that if Daisy Ridley ends up playing Lara Croft, she’ll be pulling a Harrison Ford by playing a Star Wars hero and a tomb-robbing archeologist.

Every way J.K. Rowling’s A History of Magic in North America was terrible, including links to Native American writers talking about exactly why the Native representation was a huge failure.

I have no real interest in seeing Star Trek Beyond, but it’s nice to see that Starfleet uniforms for women now actually show their rank.

Have some 80s X-Men fanart to brighten your day, as commanded by the ever-perfect Kevin Wada.

The always amazing Helen O’Hara tears Batman V Superman: Grimdark Grimdark Grimdark to pieces.


➝ Another one on Hamilton, Broadway theater, and race: Watching A Brown 'Hamilton' With A White Audience. NPR blogger Gene Demby writes about his pilgrimage to the show, and being one of the few people of color in the audience.

➝ Demby is a regular on the NPR podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, and he also appeared on their episode about the show. They touch on his article, but they talk more about the performance and the music. In particular, I appreciated the discussion of how this show is in conversation with other Broadway musicals as well as hip-hop.

Author Mishell Baker on female anti-heroes and why their time has (finally?) come. I sadly missed her book launch event in San Francisco because it was up against FogCon, but I am definitely interested in checking her work out.

➝ Based on a talk at last week's Game Developer's Conference (GDC, which is right down the street from me, and I should really try to go some year), indie developer Meg Jayanth presents 10 ways to improve diversity in games.


➝ Kate Elliott BRINGS SOME HISTORY in her essay, Writing Women Characters Into Epic Fantasy Without Quotas. I pictured her submitting this like

man dropping a microphone and walking offstage

➝ The Q1 short fiction survey is open until March 31, 2016. If there's short SF fiction you've read and loved between now and January 1, share it with us. :)

➝ When you change the age of your protagonist, the story changes a lot, too, and can do different things (although I still love coming of age stories a lot). These lists, Old(er) Women in SF/F - Book and Story List Part 1 and Part 2 were a great find. Also, this is a great moment for me to rec Black Wolves by Kate Elliott again. >)

➝ I'm about to link to LinkedIn. NO WAIT, don't leave. Who has trouble saying no? *raises hand* 8 Ways to Say No Without Hurting Your Image was super useful to me as someone who is terrible at saying no in a non-awkward way.

Why Is TV's '90s Reboot Boom Ignoring All the Great Black Comedies of That Era? is a great look at all the great reboots that could be happening. I actually didn't watch a ton of white sitcoms as a kid. I did Full House and Boy Meets World but I watched way more black sitcoms, most of them mentioned in this article (it didn't list Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, which I was wild about). Anyway, I sort of mourn all the reboots we could have. I would love a Sister, Sister reunion or wholesale reboot. What a great show that was.

Publishing and the Empire of Ice Cream is a great metaphor from [twitter.com profile] charlesatan

Marvel announces Unbeatable Squirrel Girl original graphic novel and that sound you heard was me SCREECHING IN DELIGHT.

➝ Genevieve Valentine talks about queerness in media and it's perfect and I don't need to add anything.

Book Acquisitions

Added TBR: There Will Be Other Summers by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson, City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams, The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard, Mirror in the Sky by Aditi Khorana


A reviewer at The Awl has officially declared she's not reviewing anymore books by men. Not giving up reading them, just focusing her reviewing energies on books by women. ... Yeah, no bets on how that went down.

This set of tarot card art is really cool! I love the colours and the sense of story in each image.

➝ If you'd asked me, I would have said that One Last Time was probably one of my least favourite Hamilton songs, but apparently what I needed was to see this performance at The Gilder Lehrman Institute, because seeing it in motion consistently blows my mind. ._. The emotions are so great and the way he keeps misunderstanding what Washington is trying to say – it brings a tear to my eye.

Date: 2016-03-27 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.pip.verisignlabs.com
Those Tarot cards are GREAT. I have a few notes on some of the imagery, because I am an unabashed Rider Tarot-stan, but overwhelmingly they are so so pretty. And "One Last Time" has been growing on me. And seeing Christopher Jackson do it live was surprisingly incredible.


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