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1. Sarah Mccarry wrote All the books I didn't read in Svalbard about her time on an artist residencey in the Arctic. As usual, her writing punches you right in the gut.

2. Jack Monroe wrote about why writing articles on stockpiling for Brexit is a really fucked up idea.

3. Sandra Newman wrote about the difficulties of getting laid as a straight, female professional gambler.

4. The Guardian reports on new data about the state of UK YA, which shows it is becoming less diverse. This is not a huge surprise to me, and based on anecdotal evidence, I would say UK YA has a multi-layered race problem which it isn't even close to addressing.

I have really mixed feelings about the way the comments on gender are reported at the bottom of the piece (my problem with this is more to do with the wording of the article in this section than anything to do with the report). Having so few male, chromatic authors writing YA is clearly a problem, but the article then goes on to talk about how the market doesn't 'cater to male readers' which… seems irrelevant. More relevant, I feel, is the intersectional point that BAME male readers of YA don't have a lot of books to go to that are written by BAME male authors or BAME authors in general. Female chromatic authors of UK YA wrote just 6% of books written between 2006 and 2016, so it's not like chromatic female teens are drowning in a wealth of books by female BAME authors. By stating that the market 'isn't catering to male readers' it makes it sound like the current UK YA diversity situation isn't as much of a concern when it comes to female, chromatic teen readers because there are a ton of white female authors, and this is clearly a false idea.

5. You're Gonna Love This Franchise by Elizabeth Minkel was a very interesting look at San Diego Comic Con and the way corporations approach fandom.

6. 31 Signs You Have a Partner made me smile, and reminded me of the surreal, satirical list articles The Toast used to run.

7. Constance Wu explains why the film version of Crazy Rich Asians means so much to her.

8. Thanks to [twitter.com profile] coolcurrybooks for alerting me to the fact that there will be a sequel to Zen Cho's Sorcerer to the Crown! The True Queen launches in 2019.


9. [twitter.com profile] readingtheend recently introduced me to the blog Law and the Multiverse, which tackles the real-world legal implications of superheroes. Although I haven't spent much time here yet, I look forward to diving into topics like how the 2017 tax law changes will affect various heroes and the companies they own, and whether Matt Murdock can legally represent any criminals apprehended by Daredevil.

10. I highly recommend this Twitter thread linking to various io9 articles about the more unexpected elements of medieval manuscripts, like spaceships and zombies.

11. The only way I might get excited about a new Star Trek series focusing on a cis straight white dude: if the dude in question is Captain Jean-Luc Picard. More Patrick Stewart in the Trek universe? Make it so!

12. The Ringer presents its list of the best 100 television episodes of the 21st century so far, with the caveat that only one episode per show can be listed. Lists like this mainly exist to provide fodder for arguments, and I could quibble with plenty of these picks (and especially with the overall ranking order), but I applaud the effort. (Warning for auto-play video and flashing images -- the page includes a continuously running video that can be muted but not closed, and it flickers a lot. May not be suitable for small screens.)

13. Apparently this is old news, but it was new to me: Paul Rudd's stunt driver for the Ant-Man movies is an amputee.

14. Please read this very cute comic about someone watching Star Wars for the first time.


15. A very exciting thing; do you all remember that I sometimes review for The Lesbrary? WELL, it was announced last week that The Lesbrary is being archived by the Library of Congress! This is amazing and I am SO HAPPY for everyone involved!

Date: 2018-08-09 09:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart
Thanks, Jodie, the SDCC article was well worth reading!

KJ, I'd not seen the Brett Smrz article until this.

Date: 2018-08-19 11:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bookgazing
Glad you found it interesting :)


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