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That title doesn't quite scan, but it will have to do.

Via Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, probably the best thing I've read all week: Nine Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible, by Kai Cheng Thom. Really important stuff.

Read this essay by Sofia Samatar about being a black academic.

On a related note, Black Sci-fi Creators Assemble at Princeton and Imagine Better Worlds than This One, by Rasheedah Phillips.

Kari Sperring talks about justice, socialism, fantasy utopias, and Terry Pratchett.

Here's Alana Piper on the myth that 'women secretly hate each other'. Nothing throws me out of a story faster than female characters with no female friends, so this post was right up my alley.

Kate Elliott needs your help in a workshop on gender defaults in fantasy.

Shannon Hale writes about writing outside her culture. Note that at least one of the recommendations of books 'by Asian-American authors' is not by an Asian-American author, but rather, a Palestinian/Egyptian-Australian. It's still a good list.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz interviews Zen Cho. I wait impatiently for my copy of Sorcerer To The Crown to arrive.

As always, the new posts at Ghostwords are a delight.

Two new reviews are up on Those Who Run With Wolves:

Vida Cruz reviews Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter.

I review Space Hostages by Sophia McDougall.

It has been twenty years since two formative works of my teenage years, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, and the film Hackers, were released. Here's an interview with the Hackers director.

The Toast remains amazing. Two of my favourite recent posts: Dirtbag Milton (I remember studying him in uni and being furious about how badly he treated his daughters), and How To Tell If You Are In a Lai of Marie de France.

I hope your weekends are glorious.

Date: 2015-10-04 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] promiseoftin.livejournal.com
Wow! His Dark Materials is 20? I guess that shocks me because I didn't start reading them until after the movie came out.

Date: 2015-10-04 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
I know, right? I read the first book in 1997 — my mum gave it to me for my thirteenth birthday — but it feels like only yesterday!

Date: 2015-10-04 01:33 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pax_athena
I love this first link (and I appreciate their mention of the non-native speakers and the interaction there, being a non-native speaker myself and all that). But it also makes me sad, because we had the same discussion some 15 years back when I was actively doing politics/community work. And it seems like people never listen to it ...

Date: 2015-10-04 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dolorosa-12.livejournal.com
I know, it's heartbreaking, isn't it? I think we are almost doomed to have these conversations over and over again, because there's not enough historical memory within activism, and so we're forced to learn these lessons again and again, the hard way.

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