Commonplace Post (26)

So this week didn’t go exactly as I planned. I’m behind on my reading schedule and I haven’t posted any reviews, I got a massive tension headache on Thursday and spent most of yesterday reading The Hunger Games instead of Lord of the Changing Winds. I think next week will be better, though!

Lord of the Changing Winds is very different from what I thought it’d be like (though there ARE mages and griffins, so HA). It’s scarier! Not in a horror way, I mean, but in that way where a human character interacts with non-human characters and the non-human characters are VERY non-human and that’s scary. I never really thought about griffins before this book, but now I think they might haunt my dreams (nightmares?) a lot more than they did before.

Links and stuff!

Book covers promote orientalist portrayal of Muslim women @ arabglot

This One’s for All the Bloggers Out There @ Snotting black

Dear Superior Person:

What do I think? I think women in Africa are doing a pretty badass job of organizing against genital mutilation and probably do not need a lot of paternalistic bullshit from the daughters of the people who looted their continent, and I think “worldwide subjugation of women” is a problematic sort of code for ISLAM IS COMING FOR OUR WOMEN when the religious terrorists I am actually concerned about are currently hijacking the legislature and running for president in the country I live in, and I don’t know if Jonathan Franzen actually hates women but he sure as fuck can’t write about them, or much else either; I am trying to think of a more relentlessly mediocre and unambitious well-known writer than Jonathan Franzen, and I can’t. I don’t even care whether he hates women; I care that he is boring. I don’t think you need to cut a woman up to hate her; apparently, these days, all you need to do is run for office. What I am trying to tell you, and maybe not very well, I am kind of a mess right now, this last week has left me kind of a mess, there is Trayvon Martin and Arizona and Mississippi and Florida and Kansas and Oklahoma and fuck I don’t even know any more, I lose track, I can’t look, what I am trying to tell you is that I wouldn’t dream of telling you not to be angry. And yeah, today I find Jonathan Franzen pretty laughable, but a few weeks ago I was really, really angry about Jonathan Franzen.

Girl About Town: an urban exploration guide @ Rookie

My List: Karl Lagerfeld in 24 Hours @ Harper’s Bazaar

Cinderfellas: The Long-Lost Fairy Tales:

Schönwerth’s tales have a compositional fierceness and energy rarely seen in stories gathered by the Brothers Grimm or Charles Perrault, collectors who gave us relatively tame versions of “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Snow White,” “Cinderella,” and “Rapunzel.” Schönwerth gives us a harsher dose of reality than most collections. His Cinderella is a woodcutter’s daughter who uses golden slippers to recover her beloved from beyond the moon and the sun. His miller’s daughter wields an ax and uses it to disenchant a prince by chopping off the tail of a gigantic black cat. The stories remain untouched by literary sensibilities. No throat-clearing for Schönwerth, who begins in medias res, with “A princess was ill” or “A prince was lost in the woods,” rather than “Once upon a time…”

Ilona Szwarc’s Girls and Their American Girl Dolls @ The Mary Sue

YA Deals 2011-2012, Part I @ Kate Hart’s blog. Infographics! I love ‘em.

Ellen Ripley Saved My Life @ The Awl

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  1. I love The Rejectionist! What an awesome post.

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