Weekly links & wrap-up (Apr. 13, 2014)


Hello, happy Sunday! I am super tired, y’all. The LA Times Festival of Books was fun! It got off to a rocky start, with a mostly-boring Saturday, but Sunday was GREAT! And I got to meet up with Kim and Florinda twice! Yay! I’ll be writing more on what I saw/did during the festival later this week. For now, here’s a preview:

Most surreal moment: listening to an author William Shatner his way through various poems (and not in an ironic way).

An unanswered question: why does LA smell so much like a port-a-potty?

Best freebie: Keurig chai latte made fresh by my own hands

Most relaxing booth: the Amida Society, with their Buddhist monk chants(?) CD.

Creepiest booth situation: the Ayn Rand booth neighbored to the dianetics booth.

Best bathroom location: Bovard Auditorium, central to everything and always clean.

Books read

  1. Afterparty – Daryl Gregory

I only finished one book because I’m reading like five at once. I really need to practice focusing on one at a time again! Switching back and forth between all those books is exhausting.

Books reviewed

Posts posted

TBR notes

Started with 311 books on the pile (not counting audiobooks)
+7 added (All Clear, The Grand Tour (bought); 5 freebies which I don’t want to dig out right now to find the titles for)
-1 read (Afterparty)
317 TOTAL BOOKS TO BE READ

Interesting links

s.e. smith talks Harriet the Spy’s 50th anniversary with editor Beverly Horowitz over at xoJane.


Shiny New Books interviews Helen Oyeyemi about her new book, Boy, Snow, Bird.


Why The Romance Genre Is Interesting, Relevant and Important – even if you think it’s bad:

It’s really, really hard to believe that the cultural sneer towards romance is not a result of the fact that it is traditionally read by women. It’s very similar to the cultural sneer we see around another one of my favourite genres: the soap opera. Think of the cultural stereotypes around romance readers and soap operas – stereotypes which, unsurprisingly, overlap. Bored housewives, right? We think of the figure that some disdainful publishers have in the past called “Gladys Stringbag” and that Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan call “Mavis”: “rather dim and kind of tubby – undereducated and undersexed – and she displays a distressing affinity for mom jeans and sweaters covered in puffy paint and appliquéd kittens” (Wendell and Tan, 2009, 5).

If you want an example of this, look no further than the moniker applied to Fifty Shades of Grey: “mummy porn”.

This sneer isn’t really at the genre. It’s a sneer at the reader – the female reader. It’s deep, ingrained structural sexism. And that is something we need to unpick, unpack, and discuss.


It has been 15 years since Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak was published! BookRiot interviews her about it.


This is a fun article about Nicolas Cage’s movies and the person who watched (nearly) all of them.

It’s 11:30 at night, I have had a few drinks, I am watching National Treasure. I write down, “Cage’s madness and Disney’s madness doing that Patty Duke thing where they pretend a doorway is a mirror,” then spend awhile trying to figure out what I mean by that. It’s amazing I’ve never been invited back to speak at the journalism school I dropped out of.


5 Awesome SF/F Books by Contemporary Women, a guest post on Fantasy Book Cafe from Grace of Books Without Any Pictures.


Special Needs in Strange Worlds: Elizabeth Bear on Writing Disabilities at SF Signal.


Think you know a lot about tipping? No, you don’t. (Neither did I.)

3 thoughts on “Weekly links & wrap-up (Apr. 13, 2014)”

  1. Eek, dianetics booth. Whenever I see scientology proselytizers, I am equal parts annoyed with them and nervous of them. :p

    The tipping article did not tell me the thing I really needed to know, which was, did I tip correctly that one time I was at an incredibly fancy restaurant as a special treat to myself and there was an extra line for a different tip I don’t remember the name of, as well as the regular waiter’s tip? It was confusing and I do not feel confident I did it correctly.

    1. The freakiest thing was seeing the SAME scientology pirate wandering around that I’d seen last year at BEA. I had no idea he was a permanent promoter dude!

      Hmmm, an extra tip? I wonder if it was like a house tip or something? Usually waiters have to split their tips with everyone else in the restaurant; I wonder if that place separated the waiter’s tip for some reason.

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