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Author and Byzantine scholar Arkady Martine writes about the history of Byzantine compliationist literature and compares it to the modern practice of fanfiction. Totally fascinating historical precedent with which I had been unfamiliar until now!

The OTW Spotlight on Legal Issues presents a concile and clear overview of recent changes to copyright law in the EU and what they might mean for the sharing of fanworks online. Because non-profits are exempted, the AO3 is totally fine, but it's going to be a big problem for YouTube, and I'm concerned about Dreamwidth. (And if Tumblr hadn't already hosed itself as a fannish platform, forget about it.) News to keep an eye on, especially the possibility that the US Copyright Office might recommend that Congress follow suit.

If you haven't already seen this in-depth video from Wired on the process of animating Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, do yourself a favor and watch it.

Meredith B. Kyle argues that Peggy Carter is the single most important character in the entire MCU. Well, duh. (Spoilers for lots of things, including some minor ones from Captain Marvel.)

Speaking of Captain Marvel spoilers (major ones this time), I enjoyed and agree with this take on the twist to her origin story from the comics.

One last MCU-related link, via [personal profile] umadoshi: a truly wonderful profile of Chris Evans from The Hollywood Reporter.

From The Atlantic, this article entitled Why I Am Not A Maker gave me a lot to think about regarding how maker culture prioritizes creating things over building community and acts of service.

Although I am a big fan of the concept of The Suck Fairy, I hadn't realized until recently that the term was popularized (though not coined) by Jo Walton in an article for Tor.com just six years ago. Definitely worth going back to the original on this one.


Sarah Gailey's piece on impostor syndrome not negating power dynamics is excellent. I've been on both sides of this – I've met authors whose work I've loved who haven't seemed able to believe that I could genuinely be excited to meet them, and I've been the one baffled when people have gone "Oh, you write for Lady Business! I read that!" (Hi pretty much anyone I met at Worldcon, you were all lovely but I did NOT expect that at all.) – and seeing it laid out like this, specifically in the context of the publishing, was really helpful to me. (Not believing in your own access to power doesn't mean you don't have it, who knew?)

This visual essay about the creation of public libraries in America is pretty cool! It talks about the racist and sexist history of library access, and the way that access is still unequal across the country, so if that's a topic you're interested in as well it might be worth checking out!

Tillie Walden has a new book out! It appears to be a queer fabulist road-trip story across Texas, and I am cautiously intrigued!

Our own [personal profile] justira is looking for video game reviews/critiques that "really digs into artistic quality, narrative, politics, socially conscious content, etc!" so if you have any suggestions, please give them a shout!

Date: 2019-04-04 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] readingtheend.com
That was a genuinely great profile of Chris Evans and I am so glad to have read it. My favorite thing is that he's constantly worried about being pretentious (ME TOO BUDDY) and also that RDJ is basically a full-time Chris Evans hype man. BLESS.


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