Sorry for being quiet lately, ya’ll. I can’t speak for the other guest bloggers at ABW, but for my own part this summer has been insane, and won’t be slowing down for awhile. In part my problem is overcommitment; I’m working full-time while also trying to write full-time (uh… guess I should mention sometime that I got a book deal, huh?), and that’s leaving me just enough leftover time to eat, sleep, and occasionally have a life. So in lieu of writing interesting new content for you myself, I shall direct you to fun stuff I’ve seen in the last few days.
First and foremost: last week was International Blog Against Racism Week (IBARW) 3, this time on the theme of “intersectionality”. (My own humble contribution here.) So if you’re starved for stuff to read here, there’s lots of good stuff to read there, including some personal faves:
- A fan video about the absence of Asian characters in a certain popular science fiction TV series. Y’know, whenever I heard this song, growing up, I actually thought that was what they were singing.
- While the Helix Islamophobia controversy was blowing up in speculative fictionland, there was a separate-but-equal Islamophobia blowup in romance fictionland. I swear, do these people synchronize or something?
- We hear a lot here on ABW from people in other countries who like to point at US racism and say, “How sad! There’s nothing like that here.” Some of them are from Canada. A response.
- The ever-amazing Coffeeandink on the stupidity of fiction, etc., that purports to address race allegorically yet ignores it in actuality.
And unrelated to IBARW, but still illuminating:
-Brownfemipower on the John Edwards cheating controversy. I’d been dismissing this as yet another attempt by the right and the MSM to handwave a president who’s killed thousands and bankrupted the country by raising the terrifying specter of an almost-president who ::gasp:: got laid, but BFP’s got some really good points here. I’m rethinking my position.