Friday, October 31, 2014

Links & Bits: 10/31/14

Like, boo. Or something.

Flavorwire lists 50 under-appreciated horror movies.

Berkeley overrules student petition, allows Bill Maher to speak at commencement

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out

And a scary song for Halloween:


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Susan Sontag shops at Sephora and other oddities

I feel I should make some bold feminist declaration about this, that of course Susan Sontag's Sephora membership shouldn't at all effect her status as an intellectual (people are really care about this???), but I'm more interested in the 162 page collection of adjectives. As someone with several notebooks filled with words that have yet to find good homes, sharing this quirk means more to me than a similar predilection for Nars blusher.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

NaNoWriMo Inspirational Reading List

It's a completely selfish task, but each year I publish a list of books I'm using as inspiration or research for my NaNo novel. It's a good place to start, especially when you only have a nebulous blob of a story forming and in need of some direction.

Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman
That strange, liminal space between 80s metal and 90s grunge? I mine that often. Early 90s small town, all this "culture" happening but it's largely unavailable you is stasis for me. My teen years overlapped the two decades (I'm just a few years younger than Klosterman), and while I don't feel any sort of sentimental tug, it's a part of who I am.

Burnt Tongues - Chuck Palahniuk, ed.

This is an anthology of transgressive fiction I've been wanting to read for a few weeks now. I don't "go there" often, but I admire those who do.

Treasure Island!!! by Sara Levine

For an example of a completely unlikable female character who I still manage to find charming.

Without A Net: The Female Experience of Growing Up Working Class - Michelle Tea, ed.

This is one of the best anthologies of working-class womanhood. Actually, it might be the only one. Either way, this books is pretty hard to find now (my library no longer has a copy),  but I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend it given that the intersection of feminism and class is woefully under-explored.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

NaNoWriMo is less than one week away

I'm not as prepared as I'd like to have been. In lieu of a detailed outline, I have a few pages of freewriting exercises (something I rarely do) that I can call on for inspiration or thievery.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bad science

Criticism of the quarantine policy started when Kaci Hickox, a nurse placed under mandatory quarantine in New Jersey, slammed the "knee-jerk reaction by politicians" like Christie and the policy over how she was treated during that time in an opinion piece for the Dallas Morning News. "This is an extreme that is really unacceptable, and I feel like my basic human rights have been violated," Hickox said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

Christie had described Christie as "obviously ill." -- Allen McDuffee for The Atlantic
This is ridiculous. It's been repeated many, many times that ebola is transmitted when someone is very ill and producing copious amounts of body fluids (not bowling or riding in Uber taxis), but instead politicians pander to fear and a basic lack of knowledge.

Also, did anyone else note the subtly sexist overtones in Christie's "obviously ill" quote? Maybe he hadn't received an update that Hickox's "fever" was caused by a too-sensitive thermometer and an elevated skin temperature caused by, oh, I don't know, the stress of being quarantined and given scant information why, but that doesn't make it any less patronizing.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

What we don't talk about

It's difficult to find an article that, after yet another mass shooting, discusses masculinity. It seems so obvious it's almost a joke, yet we get gun control (important, but a band-aid solution) and the inevitable scapegoating of mental illness. It's from over a year ago, after the Sandy Hook shooting, but this one is a good start.

Saturday, October 25, 2014