African Americans are less healthy than their white counterparts. There are lots of causes for this: food deserts, lack of access to healthcare, an absence of recreational opportunities in low income neighborhoods, and more. Arguably, these are indirect effects of racist individuals and institutions, leading to the disinvestment in predominantly black neighborhoods and the economic disempowerment of black people.
This post, though, is about a direct relationship between racism and health mediated by stress. Experiencing discrimination has been shown to have both acute and long-term effects on the body. Being discriminated against changes the biometrics that indicate stress and personal reports of stress (anxiety, depression, and anger). Bad health outcomes are the result.
A new study, published in PLOS One, adds another layer to the accumulating evidence. To get a strong measure of “area racism” — the prevalence of racist beliefs in a specific geographic area — epidemiologist David Chae and his colleagues counted how often internet users searched for the “n-word” on Google (ending in -er or -ers, but not -a or -as). This, they argued, is a good measure of the likelihood that an African American will experience discrimination. Here are their findings for area racism:
They then measured the rate at which black people over 25 in those areas die and the death rate from the four most common causes of death for that population: heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. They also included a series of control variables to ensure that they isolated the predictive power of area racism.
The resulting data offer support for the idea that area racism increases mortality among African Americans. Chae and his colleagues summarize, saying that areas in which Google searches for the n-word are one standard deviation above the mean have an 8.2% increase in mortality among Blacks. It was related, also, to an increase in the rates of cancer, heart disease, and stroke. “This,” they explain, “amounts to over 30,000 [early] deaths among Blacks annually nationwide.”
When they controlled for area level demographics and socioeconomic variables, the magnitude of the effect dropped from 8.2% to 5.7%. But these factors, they argued, “are also influenced by racial prejudice and discrimination and therefore could be on the causal pathway.” In other words, it’s not NOT racism that’s making up that 2.5% difference.
Directly and indirectly, racism kills.
H/t to Philip Cohen for the link.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
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I understand that atpotch recently posted his thoughts on the manifestos of the five major UK political parties in anticipation of the election. He has not tagged these posts, unfortunately, but they begin with this introductory post and conclude on April 26, 2015, with the Labour Party. For those of you voting in the UK, I highly recommend checking out TCH's comments as he's an astute thinker and a brilliant writer.
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( I don't suppose there's anyone on my flist interested in taking a cruise with me? )
Do you guys have any travel plans of your own? Exams are over, I think, for those of you in university. Do you guys have jobs for the summer?
so as various people might already know there's been a controversy where... well here's the round up post: file770.com/?p=22013
But it can be summed up as:
A guy was nominated for Hugo awards but didn't win it. He claimed it was because the Hugos are biased towards left-wing political writers and that the system was gamed. So instead, he decided that he would encourage people to vote for "sad puppies" the right-wing conservative works that were overlooked. This failed miserably, mostly because the works put up were the sort that make puppies sad. :( [[how would you know Qem? Because I've actually *read* some of them - and no I wasn't aware that they were sad puppy nominations until after.]]
So this year sad puppies decided that they would aim for a slate - where everyone was encouraged nominate and vote exactly the same way to guarantee that their works would come up on the system. Because the obvious thing to do when accusing the system of being gamed is to game it yourself. Obviously!
Important note! While the sad puppies did take suggestions on what to include on their slate; only 10% of the suggestions actually made it onto the slate. But with all that room, they did find space to include a bunch of their friends, shared editors, even the actual fucking organisers of the sad puppy slate, onto the slate.
... I think that says quite a bit about their motivations, don't you? But you know, it's about the ethics in Science Fiction, don't look too closely at the man behind the curtain an all, y'all. Like yeah the organisers turned down the nomination once they got onto the slate, but wtf were you doing on it to begin with?
Then a racist prick decided that it was cheap advertising, and decided that HE WOULD EXPAND upon the sad puppies slate as it wasn't quite... extensive enough for him. (I.e. he owns a publishing company and loaded his version of the slate with works that he publishes) and then started buying hugo memberships (as only hugo members can vote). The reasoning that was given in multiple places was basically "to upset a lot of social justice types!"
Sad puppies are now trying to disavow themselves from the rabid puppies, but there's quite a bit of evidence that they were nice and cosy before people started pointing out exactly how crazy the rabid puppy ring-leader was and *how* offensive he is.
In regards to rabid puppy ring leader - it probably says a lot about me, when one of the least offensive things that the rabid puppy ring leader believes in, that he's a moon-landing denier, is the thing I find most surprising about him. (Please note, when I say it's one of the least offensive things (because I do find it offensive, it's basically implying that the rest of the world is dumb as rocks to unquestionably believe something that the US made up) that there is some exceedingly STIFF competition for what is the MOST offensive thing he's said online.
It also probably says things about me, but when reading through some of the more poodle like rabid puppy followers about how they're breaking the system to show how trivial it really is to the people that think it's important, that I find their choices of "how" to break the system really kind of boring.
Come on people, if you really want to liven things up, can't we at *least* go for the tentacle porn? It's definitely a category that has been tragically overlooked, and I feel that would help truly represent the level of respect that you have for the award, and it would almost certainly be far more interesting to read, then many things that actually did end up on the slate! ^_____^
Look I even have a recommendation for a work that would qualify for the Hugos next year! :D Integrate By Thea Hayworth :D? :D? :D?
... I do actually genuinely like that book, btw. Would definitely vote it above *many* of the rabid puppy recommendations! Although, it's probably *not* what your average sad rabid puppy is looking for...
*Please note, Qem doesn't actually recommend going out to "break" the hugo awards. Just you know, if you're going to do something, can't it at least be done right? 0:)
- I am awesome.
- I am going to sleep.
(Seriously, I was worried that something was lastingly broken. Which you know is ridiculous, and I know is ridiculous, and my therapist has told me repeatedly is ridiculous (only nicely), but there it is. Or rather: there it was!)
Hello! I’m helping relaunch the Geek Feminism Book Club, with a bit of a tweak in the interests of getting us going again swiftly (details at end). The book is Trade Me, a new contemporary romance novel by Courtney Milan, and we’ll talk about it in a comment thread here on May 28th.
In January, I snarfled up Trade Me. It stars a Chinese-American woman studying computer science at UC Berkeley. It’s about class and classism, deconstructing the Prince Charming/billionaire trope in romantic fiction, a product launch, Bay Area tech, ally fails, how to deal with cops, authenticity and adaptation, safety and freedom, trust, parents, and work. And one of the main secondary characters is trans, and all the physicality in the relationship is super consensual, and there is a kind-of reference to Cake Wrecks, and (maybe only I see it) to Randall Munroe’s “What If?” blog. I link it thematically to Jo Walton’s The Just City, Ellen Ullman’s The Bug, and the good parts of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. It’s pretty great, and you can read the first chapter for free at Milan’s site. (ROT13’d content warnings that are spoilers: qvfbeqrerq rngvat naq gur arne-qrngu bs n cnerag.)
Overall, Milan’s work is funny and loving and moving and smart. I like how she sets up and calls back to other books within series, I love that The Heiress Effect included an Indian guy, and I’m happy that she depicts queer characters and characters with disabilities. As a woman of color (“half-Chinese” in her words) she’s also especially aware of the importance of writing fictional representations of women of color in STEM, and of fixing broken standards that lead to unequal representation.
And she’s not just a geek, but a geek of my persuasion — specifically, an open source software maker. She wrote and wants people to reuse a chunk of GPL’d software to autogenerate links to a particular book at multiple online bookstores. Also she used to use Gentoo Linux. Of course she gives her readers permission to strip DRM from their copies of her books. Basically I would not be surprised if there is super flirty pair programming or a double entendre in a bash script in a future Milan book.
So this is the book for the next book club; usually we vote on what book to discuss next, but in the interests of getting momentum going again, I figured I’d choose this one by fiat and we’ll vote on the next one. Trade Me costs about USD$5 via any of several ebook retailers, and may be available via your local library‘s ebook lending program as well. Read it sometime in the next month and then come back here and we’ll talk about it!
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In preparation for Monday I tried an alteration. I was sleepy around 10pm Sunday night, so I fell asleep! Then woke up two hours later and stayed up until 2am or 3am. I woke up at 8am to feed the cat... and stayed awake, playing on my iPhone and twiddling my thumbs, until I got up and walked to Tim Horton's.
(On the way there a man rollerbladed past me playing a guitar. I love this neighbourhood.)
Then I got back and, around 11am... fell into bed and slept until 3pm.
I've been awake since then, and it's now past 2am Tuesday morning.
In six hours or so I'll try getting up and walking to the coffee shop again. (I planned a whole campaign and even bought myself a TimCard.) Here's hoping.
Meanwhile, share the beauty of gardens, mansions and palaces, not to mention the Thames:
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The sequel to this poem, "The Right and the Responsibility," has already been sponsored and can be published after "Inheritor" is fully posted. Price for the current poem remains locked at $.25/line even though the sale has concluded.
Warning: This poem deals with strong emotions brought up by a discussion of removing superpowers, along with some unpleasant childhood memories. Most of the content concerns coping skills, so it's hurt/comfort with emphasis on the latter.
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If anyone wants to help, I'd be really grateful. I've only got two more papers to finish for school and then I'm basically done. Like, completely. Thursday's my last day of classes. Yaaaaaaaay.
ETA: fandomaid is having a Buy It Now fundraiser. I am dithering. (I prefer auctions. /dork)
Also, John Oliver did a piece on New Zealand's latest political scandal last night, and I'm torn between "Aww, he noticed us!" and being appalled at the reason we pinged on the radar. /o\
I was doubting myself and my decision pretty much from the time I gave my two weeks at my old job until about a week and a half into my new job -- intellectually, I knew it was the right decision, but it didn't feel like the right decision, because I'm really emotional and sentimental and it was a really, really difficult adjustment for me, but now it actually FEELS better. I'm able to go to yoga twice a week, I've gone running once a week for the past two weeks, I have time to see people, I have more energy, I have time for fandom -- it's just. It's just great, guys. I'm so much happier.
Now let's see if I can get my shit together and apply for grad school this fall.
Warning: This poem contains frank discussions of reproduction and choice politics, along with examples of misogyny and hypocrisy.
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A Curious Carriage of Crystal and Cold by Etharei
"Of course I'm interested," Erik growled. "How did you not know this? By the stars, you are the worst telepath ever."
This is funny to me every time, no matter who says it, but bonus points for it being someone who also can't control what they do ♥
Fandom: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harry Hart/Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, Harry Hart/James | Lancelot
Characters: Harry Hart, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, Merlin (Kingsman), James | Lancelot (Kingsman)
Additional Tags: Trope Bingo Round 4, Harry Hart Lives
Notes: Written for 2015 Trope Bingo. Thanks to margrave and kingtouchy for betaing, and soupytwist for Britpicking and teaching me about Joe Bloggs.
Where rumours of Harry's death have been greatly exaggerated, Merlin doesn't know if he's Arthur or Martha (and prefers to be neither), and every agent has his own justification for the dog test. Also, Harry is not dithering over his attraction to Eggsy (no matter what Merlin claims).
Now, however, I have a hefeweizen in hand. And soon it will be Mr. Kid's bedtime. And Y is frying up plantains. So with any luck my evening will improve.
Total words: 58198
Tea: White tea with Elderflower, and before that Blue People
Music: No music
Reason for stopping: end of chapter, finally
I've been writing this chapter since Friday, very glad to have it done. I also sort of know what I'm doing with the end, I think.
And you know how people say oh, having FTL in something makes it fantasy, and usually I've heard people say this in a sneering kind of way that seems like it's putting down both magic and FTL because neither of them are actual science, and actual science trumps everything? In this universe, I have a metaphysical explanation for how FTL works which works with both the (Platonic) physics and (Neoplatonic) metaphysics of this universe. I've known this for ages, but an alien just very neatly explained it. Not the alien who works on a fishing boat. A different alien. There are lots of aliens. Robots too, And FTL drives. Nevertheless, it remains fantasy.
Oh, and that reminds me, there was a starred Kirkus review of The Philosopher Kings. This makes no sense because a) they always hate me, and b) they hated the first book, which is better. But no accounting for taste.
The women who would be beautiful (161 words) by Naraht
Fandom: Return to Night - Mary Renault
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hilary Mansell/Julian Fleming, Julian Fleming/Original Character
Characters: Hilary Mansell, Julian Fleming
Julian leaves Hilary for a younger woman.
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The Good Wife
I've been a strong proponent of this show since it began, but man, this season has squandered so much goodwill. ( spoilers )
A couple of links:
The Grantland Q&A with Robert Downey Jr. which is... not so much informative as it is illustrative of RDJ's own brand of celebrity, I guess.
The release date of The Raven King, fourth and final book of The Raven Cycle, has been pushed back to February 2016. Sigh. Thanks to umadoshi for the link, since I've been avoiding tumblr lately so as not to get spoiled for AoU. (My queue is running and I checked out the NY Rangers tag after they won Friday, but that's it over the past few days.)
Lastly, today's poem:
by Ellen Doré Watson
I don't know how to wish you well.
Your hair is out of control, you are downgraded and strange.
You used to be the man who whopped open his chest,
wandered on a happy shoestring, made a nearly
perfect girl. Times we were electric.
Our talks teased out newness, mixed surprising
pigment. Our battles were not over ground
that mattered, so we walked away from them
with invisible limps, beautiful sticks
with no blood. Thinking ourselves
a perfect fit, we began to forget each other.
The way the roots of a perfect lawn watered too much
get lazy. You thought you should not
have to ask. I thought my private fizzings
and stirrings weightless, but you got sapped.
Your secret began as a scar and turned
to a decision flavored with payback.
The size of my thirst, your silence!
Between us now is the continent we didn't
finish, and one person's regret.
Because you have none, this is what I will never
tell you: I took too many days off
from loving you. And: I thought we could both
get larger. And: Neither of us was the right one
to unlock the other's body. My iron lung
of a father has become soft tissue,
joshing and washing the woman not quite still
my mother—a long tack in a small, hand-made boat.
You and I were so full of beans and promise—
I'm ashamed we failed at forever.
I’m going to start this post even though I don’t have an ending.
About a year ago I was asked to start writing for Playboy. The editor said that he was helping to transform the magazine’s website into one that “was a destination for smart writing on sex.” I said that I’d keep the offer in mind but, between you and me, the answer was no.
Around the same time, I heard of some other high-profile feminist writers being invited as well. “Huh,” I thought, “they may actually be serious about this.”
Since then, I’ve ended up on the Playboy website a couple of times, following links by like-minded people who found material they thought was valuable. I’ve been surprised and tentatively impressed. Then, this week there was a flurry of links to a piece by Noah Berlatsky, deftly and smartly analyzing feminist responses to trans woman Laverne Cox’s decision to pose nude for Allure.
The article began with a cropped screenshot of Cox’s photograph featuring her face and de-emphasizing her body and a quote from Cox about the widespread belief that black women and trans women, and especially black trans women, can’t be beautiful.
Berlatsky then goes on to discuss the challenges intersectionality poses to feminism, conflicts within feminism about whether trans women count as women, debates over cosmetic surgery and the problem with trying to live up to patriarchal standards of beauty, and whether Cox’s decision to pose naked is degrading. You don’t have to agree with all Berlatsky says to notice that he is no stranger to feminist theory.
Moreover, he seems to look upon Cox’s photograph with a delicate and sensitive gaze, describing what he sees like this:
Cox is not fashion-model-thin. She’s not fashion-model-petite or willowy, either. She has very large hands, which are not hidden, boldly displayed. In the photo, Cox lies on a blanket; her body taut rather than relaxed, her head in one big, strong hand, eyes closed, a slight smile on her face — like she’s a little embarrassed and amused at being embarrassed. She’s voluptuous and awkward and sweet all at once. In her simultaneous enjoyment of and discomfort before the camera, she seems, in the frankly staged pose, startlingly natural — and beautiful.
As I reached the end of the article, I was considering sharing a post from Playboy for the very first time. Then, this happened:
That’s a screenshot of a pop-up that arrived on my screen when I reached the end of Berlatsky’s thoughtful, feminist essay. It says: “Enter your email to see a 45-year-old with an amazing booty.” In other words, “Click right now to see a woman still fuckable after 40!” (And here I’m going to just go with the idea that this is sexist, but not engage with the extensive feminist theorizing about pornography.)
This is where I’m at a loss.
Is this what change looks like? Is this what change looks like, specifically, when it comes from inside of an organization? A slow, stuttering shift from misogyny to feminism, replete with missteps and contradictions?
Who’s in charge over there? What is their strategic plan? Are they trying to appropriate feminism? It’s not like they haven’t done it before. What role do they see this feminist discourse playing in a space that’s still so misogynist?
Or is the right hand just not paying attention to what the left hand is doing? Maybe Berlatsky was as surprised by the pop-up as I was, thinking “Come on, guys!” Or do they not think that their pop-up was sexist at all?
And, from a feminist perspective, does this do anyone any good? I don’t mean this rhetorically. I honestly don’t know how to answer that question. And, on the flipside, could this hurt feminist activism?
What say you?Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
You know what? As disheartening as realizing the most actively read story I've ever written flies under the radar by any appreciable measurement, (page 261, seriously? *sigh* Even filtered for the rare pairing it's pages back and behind abandoned wips and pwps), a review of what I've written over the past few years (because that's where the MCU inflation really hits) is both amusing and rewarding.
Tell you what, if you want to, hit me with a trope. If you've got an Ao3 handle, let me know that, as well, and I'll see if i can't add a few more drops to the ocean.
Fandom: Fast & Furious (clips from 1, 4, 5, 6 and some shots from trailers and promos for 7)
Music: Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor
Summary: better love me right
Warnings: none really, just a bit of action/violence
Vidder Notes: This song grabbed me and wouldn't let go. I hadn't been sure, if I could ever make a happy fun fluffy Dom/Brian vid again, but now I'm really happy to know that I could and did. Hope you'll enjoy!
download + streaming here on lj and here on dw
By Arturo R. García
If Adam Sandler thought his brand of “humor” would keep getting a pass in 2015, the past few days have surely disabused him of that notion.
As Indian Country Today Media Network reported, about a dozen Native American actors on his upcoming Netflix film, The Ridiculous Six, abandoned the production over the material.
“We were supposed to be Apache, but it was really stereotypical and we did not look Apache at all. We looked more like Comanche,” said actor Loren Anthony, a Navajo Nation member. “One thing that really offended a lot of people was that there was a female character called Beaver’s breath. One character says ‘Hey, Beaver’s Breath.’ And the Native woman says, ‘How did you know my name?’”
ICTMN also posted video taken on the set from another performer, Goldie Tom, showing actors voicing their concerns to an unidentified producer.
“We don’t need to sell out our people,” one actor says in the footage.
“I understand completely,” the producer replies. “But we’re not gonna change ‘Beaver Breath.’”
Defamer’s Jordan Sargent posted excerpts from a version of the script, which featured characters named Sits-On-Face, Never-Wears-Bra and Smoking Fox.
“It’s no surprise, of course, that Adam Sandler has written another movie overflowing with the kinds of jokes that might feel edgy to an 11-year-old who finally understands what sex is,” Sargent observed.
The story quickly picked up traction nationally, blossoming into a rare public blunder for Netflix, which was just coming off the largely-favorable reception for Marvel’s new Daredevil series. And the budding broadcast hub chose to address the issue with a somewhat warmed-over statement.
“The movie has Ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” the company stated. “It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”
While Sandler himself has not weighed in, the chorus of Native Americans supporting the actors has only grown. Natives In America founder Megan Red Shirt-Shaw, a past Racialicious contributor, organized the #NotYourHollywoodIndian tag to rally attention to the incident.
And Netflix itself now faces the prospect of a boycott, as the #WalkOffNetflix campaign is also gaining steam. Online supporters are threatening to abandon the streaming service if it does not cancel Sandler’s project.
Meanwhile, the production staff has reportedly reached out to the actors who left the set, including 74-year-old Choctaw performer David Hill.
“I hope they will listen to us,” said Hill, a member of the American Indian Movement. “We understand this is a comedy, we understand this is humor, but we won’t tolerate disrespect. I told the director if he had talked to a native woman the way they were talked to in this movie — I said I would knock his ass out. This isn’t my first rodeo, if someone doesn’t speak up, no one will.”
Ways to Give:
Anon linked to a fundraiser for Devin, a trans man who is raising money for chest surgery that his insurance won't cover. You can read more and support Devin's surgery here. (Warnings for discussion of suicide in the post.)
maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.
editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is now facing hugely high water bills because of local polution, as well as a lien on her house for a property tax bill that has gone past due. She needs to raise $6K to keep her head above water. You can read more about her situation here and help her keep her home here.
mad_martha linked to Shelterbox, which is currently on the ground in Nepal, providing aid after the disastrous earthquake there on Saturday. Shelterbox provides temporary shelter, blankets, cooking and water purification supplies, and other necessities in the aftermath of a disaster (you can see a typical box here). You can read more about their work in Nepal and support the ongoing effort here.
Help For Free:
sabrinix has a survey up about how fandom slang changes over time, for a linguistics class she's taking. You can read more here and take the survey here.
fluorescentkeyboard linked to a survey about fandom community for a Media Systems & Texts class at MIT. You can read more and take the survey here.
heyj0ni is looking for a roommate, preferably one identifying as female, for a late July/early August move to the east Los Angeles or Pasadena area. She is fannish, queer-friendly, and will be starting medical school (so no heavy partying :D). Non-smoking, no cats or dogs. You can contact her at kellyjypark at gmail.com for more information!
off_coloratura is looking for a third roommate in a Rogers Park apartment in Chicago. $750/mo plus utilities (usually between $50-$100); a private room with shared bath, in-unit laundry, and two cats, close to the red line and grocery. You can view pictures and get more information here.
And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).
Forbes contributor David F. Carr authored Skrawl Wants To Go Hollywood With Collaborative Fan Fiction.
From The Stranger: Redacted Erotic Fan Fiction—Seattle City Politics Edition.
Claire Nally made a game attempt at explaining fanfic for readers of The Conversation.
( Star Wars, Anton Chekhov, Anne of Green Gables, The 100, lots of BBC shows (are they all BBC?) )
Tufts Daily’s Anjali Nair wrote that a new novel imagines a reincarnation of [Kurt] Cobain in the modern day. The book, written by University of Toronto Professor Lynn Crosbie, is a fantastical tale about teenage heroin addict Evelyn Gray, who ends up in a hospital. There, Gray starts a relationship with a fellow patient, Celine Black, who just so happens to be Kurt Cobain reincarnate. And not in a metaphorical sense — in the book, Black really is Cobain’s ghost. Before writing off the novel as yet another middle-aged women’s unsettling fanfiction – which it may well be — it’s important to note that Crosbie is well-regarded for her prose. With multiple poetry collections and novels published, as well as acclaimed journalistic works, she may have the writing chops to execute this strange plot line. And, for National Post, Emma Healey wrote In a café in Toronto’s Parkdale, Lynn Crosbie tells me that her latest book was originally supposed to be a young adult novel, “but,” she says, “I started to write it and within three pages she was f–king and doing heroin and I thought no, no.” So, Where Did You Sleep Last Night is instead indebted to other genres, especially fanfiction and prose poetry; its language is dreamy and shifts like quicksand, and the plot can be difficult to grasp; early moments – like the one where an English teacher sits on a student’s lap to weep as he quotes Shakespeare – are a pretty clear tip-off that the ratio of magic to realism in the novel is a little skewed. It’s a novel, certainly — but to call it just that seems inadequate. You read about it here first, folks!
( Ed Miliband, Full House, Undisclosed, Power/Rangers, Brickleberry, Patton Oswalt )
For The New York Times, Eric Kaplan noted that On social media sites like Twitter, video distribution sites like YouTube and fan fiction sites like fanfiction.net, we create our own kind of characters and new possibilities for who we want to be and share them with like-minded people.
Finally, BBC reported that playwright and critic Bonnie Greer is planning a "Jane Eyre fan fiction" workshop in London.
Warning: This poem mentions past child abuse and subsequent insecurities about growing up. Current environment is safe.
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2. I didn't eat a proper lunch at work, just had a few snacks, so I was super hungry when I got off and stopped at Campos for burritos on the way home.
3. As part of our relaxing evening, we played a lot of Mario Kart. :D We now have three-star gold cups on all the 50cc tracks, including the eight new tracks, and are working on the 100cc cups. Apparently in order to unlock the new 200cc courses, you have to get gold cups on all the 150ccs, so I'm working my way up.
4. New Simpsons and Brooklyn Nine-Nine tonight! Finally! (And they were both good. :D)
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There's been a pretty devastating earthquake - the worst they've had since 1934, but I've gotten confirmation today that all of the girls at the school are fine and not in any immediate danger (though they have been affected), and their main contact in Kathmandu is also ok, but we've been unable to make direct contact since communication is very difficult at the moment. In particular with their contact who we haven't been able to speak directly too - he's doing recovery work around some of the orphanages he helps manage our indirect contact hasn't been able to get an update on their status. I haven't yet heard back from the tour guide that took us around. /o\
If it's feasible, please consider donating to your preferred charity who's helping in the recovery process - Nepal is a very poor country even before being devastated by a 7.4 earthquake.
- ETA - all of those are reputatable websites, but in answer to a question I was asked elsewhere - care takes paypal for those who'd rather not go through their CC directly.
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(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
Guilty on All Counts (100 words) by Dira Sudis
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Drabble, The Trial of Bucky Barnes