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Imgur user eye2 put together what they thought Anakin Skywalker might look like in his forties had he never turned to the Dark Side.

The AV Club’s Run the Series column tackles the X-Men Cinematic Universe. I enjoyed this, because it reminds me of how in X-3, we are basically left to assume that Jean ate Scott.

John Boyega is the lead in Pacific Rim 2! All is right with the world.

Carrie Fisher is writing an advice column for The Guardian, which I heartily look forward to.


➝ So my old planner ran out of months, so I've been trying to use the old graphing notebook as a bullet journal. The whole movement of the ~pretty~ bullet journal is off-putting for me, because I am not that artistic and can't make gorgeous spreads. But I can write in gorgeous colors! This is a rec more than anything else, but I'm in love with my Staedtler Triplus Fineliners and Pilot G-2's. I love these pens. The staedtler's aren't super great on thin paper that I'm using right now (think graphing paper) but on thick paper they're wonderful. IN LOVE WITH PENS.

➝ I have serious anxiety and with that comes the terrible habit of chomping on my nails. I've been trying to stop. I succeeded when I was young by using cute polishes (in terrible, hamfisted manicures, let's be real) but when I stopped using them the habit came back and I've struggled with it my whole life. I'm trying to get my hands into better shape so I've been hoarding polishes I love to buy as a reward for getting myself under control. I finally chose Kaleidoscope and Double Rainbow. I'm on the lookout for a polish like Galaxy that's not sold out. Back in my day I had to buy glitter and mix it into polishes myself because there wasn't anything like this where I lived and the Internet was too young for businesses like this to be accessible for me with my paranoid parents. I'M SO HAPPY.

➝ I know I mentioned this last time but voting for the Gemmell Awards is open and so many good books are nominated that deserve recognition. Black Wolves! The Fifth Season! The House of Shattered Wings! Voting closes Friday, 24th June at midnight GMT.

➝ We've made this Cubano Sandwich twice and it is amazing and now I'm pushing it on everyone I know who loves pork. I'm really picky about hot sandwiches but this one won me over immediately.

➝ This interview with a woman who had an abortion at 32 weeks is gutting and brutal for what anti-choice politicians forced her to go through. :(

➝ I was discussing late night television with someone a while ago (I have forgotten who) and they mentioned being tired of the satirical comedy shows critiquing politicians after I mentioned loving Samantha Bee. I know that the field was recently totally white and male, but then we slowly got Larry Wilmore and Trevor Noah, and then Samantha Bee. But Bee's show is really different, because...well, she's angry. She's angry and vocal and utterly unapologetic about it. It's not only about making fun of people (although of course that's part of it) but it's also about being recipets with a fury that's missing from the discourse in the shows run by men. She's visibly furious, and it's most obvious in her recent segment on Orlando. It's not her comedy that keeps me coming back to her show: it's her obvious fury.

Book Acquisitions

Added TBR: Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor, Exo by Fonda Lee, Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara, Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y. Davis, Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household by Thavolia Glymph, Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West, A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, The Secret History by Donna Tartt, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights by Jessie Daniels, Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show by Tara DiLullo Bennett, We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement by Andi Zeisler, Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction by André M. Carrington, The Chosen by Chaim Potok, The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi, The Malice by Peter Newman, The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture by Glen Weldon


➝ The original press release I saw on this was super lukewarm and made it sound like the latest patch for The Sims 4 had just lifted the gender restrictions on hair and clothing, but look at these settings! The Sims now lets you fine-tune (to a certain extent) your sim's gender presentation, and whether or not they can have kids! Like, I used to be in the community for The Sims 2, and the amount of mods and effort it used to take to get anything approaching this... Seriously, if you'd told me last month that The Sims would be taking steps to canonically be a little less binary, I would not have believed you.

➝ There's a topic that the [community profile] ladybusiness editors keep circling back to, which is "how do you find queer books if you don't lurk on GoodReads and queer book twitter?" Book Riot has an entire essay on how to find queer books! I can confirm as a library assistant who has experience of a) blurb subtext and b) recognising queer publishers, and is c) terrible at using the internet to find books: these do work.

The Bather by [tumblr.com profile] jasonrainville is amazing! I love the casual strength and badassery of this woman, especially because look! Non-sexual nudity, and she still looks like a warrior without her armour on! (Also, look at the combo of belly and muscley arms and legs, that is an excellent combo that I don't see very often!) I really like the classical style he's got going on here, so this art is recommended.

Date: 2016-06-16 11:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_rck
The Book Riot link goes to a page not found page.

Date: 2016-06-16 11:23 pm (UTC)
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
From: [personal profile] renay
I was like "I CAN TOTALLY FIX THAT BEFORE ANYONE NOTICES!" but you were too fast for me. ;)

Date: 2016-06-16 11:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_rck
::laughs:: Sorry!

Date: 2016-06-16 11:48 pm (UTC)
renay: Pink pony with brown hair and wings on a yellow background bucking hind legs in the air. (Default)
From: [personal profile] renay
No worries! Thanks for looking out for us. ♥

Date: 2016-06-17 08:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spindizzy
Thank you for spotting that! *Facepalms at send*

Date: 2016-06-16 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.com

Date: 2016-06-16 11:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] renay


Date: 2016-06-17 01:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
The sad part of those techniques for finding queer books is that they primarily focus on trad publishing, and a lot of queer books are being self-pubbed these days because trad pub won't take them. Of course, a lot of self-pubbed works are bad in a variety of ways.

I would like to take a moment to heartily encourage people who FIND indie books they love to drop reviews on Amazon and GoodReads for them to help other people find them!
Edited Date: 2016-06-17 01:39 pm (UTC)

Date: 2016-07-11 11:56 pm (UTC)
spindizzy: Cougar from The Losers smiling and holding a gun. (It's always the quiet ones)
From: [personal profile] spindizzy
Yeah, that is a downside of it that I hadn't considered. All of my identifying queer books comes from working a library, so I don't see a lot of self-pubbed books! Thing to consider, really.

That's a good idea! I should probably remember to do that!

Date: 2016-07-12 04:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heavenscalyx
Thank you! As full disclosure, I'm a writer of queer books that I self-pub (and hey, I was a Lammy finalist this year), so this is kind of self-serving. :)


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