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Category: Cultural insanity

A Monday ramble

A reviewer implies “Please don’t read this terrific book” Yesterday I stumbled upon an enthusiastic review of a new apocalyptic fantasy novel. The book sounded different and interesting. I nearly stumbled back out again when the first words out of the reviewer’s keyboard were a snotty complaint about how too much SF and fantasy has historically been written by and for white men. The reviewer didn’t literally tell males and Caucasians not to read the new book, but might as well have. The tale sounded terrific, though (once she finally started talking about, you know, the actual plot and characters…


Of f-bombs, betrayals, doubleplusungoodspeak, and general ruminations

It’s a hot, lazy weekend. Well, maybe not lazy; but the kind of weekend more suited to chopping blackberry canes out of the camellia bushes than to sitting at the computer. So here are a few random ruminations that have crossed my mind while I’ve been out in the yard this weekend. Doubleplusungoodspeak Tolerance = bigotry Diversity = sameness Rights = privileges provided by the many to the few Racism = people of pale persuasion believing they have rights, too Freedom = the ability to intimidate and silence opponents And we all carry around our personal telescreens to make sure…


Monday links

  • This is a new writer to watch. Coleman Hughes (a black man), excoriates Black Privilege. (H/T CX)
  • Two deaths: Gena Turgel who survived four concentration camps and nursed the dying Anne Frank; and Jerry Maren, member of the Lollipop Guild. (H/T BD)
  • The poor, poor baby “didn’t have to die”? ‘Scuse me, Mom, but your 23-year-old “baby’s” death was on her own head the moment she decided to invade someone else’s residence. 2 Comments