Archive for October 25th, 2015

October 25, 2015

Of Interest (25 October, 2015)



A link from a fellow Sunday Reader led me to something which led me to something else which eventually led to this piece by Daniel Salas, published last year, on the intertwinedness of religion and technology, and how this has played out in American narratives of apocalypse.

Via this by Zain Ahmed on Black Girl Dangerous, the secret history of South Asian and African American solidarity.

Naintara Oberoi is one of my favourite food writers (also one of my favourite people) and I am really looking forward to the whole of this essay, but here’s an extract: on Punjabi khana and histories, public and personal. (Also I’m craving home and food more than usual as a ┬áresult of this)

Via Maureen Kincaid Speller: the myth of the Cherokee ancestor in American culture.

Jessica Weiss on the secret linguistic life of girls. (Via Manjula Narayan)

The text from Kate Schapira’s Creative Medicine Lecture is up here, and is (predictably) wonderful, and I hope everyone reads it.


Books, film:

I’ve been writing a review of an Uday Prakash book (check back here in a few days) and therefore had cause to revisit this profile of him by Shougat Dasgupta, which I think is really good.

Trisha Gupta on folktales and the supernatural in Indian cinema, and the horror of Bhaskar Hazarika’s Kothanodi.

A thing that happened in my city that I missed because I’m poor at planning: Jo Lindsay Walton’s talk on SF and the future. (Also you should read his blog; this recent post is very good, for example.)

I don’t understand why Claudia Rankine’s Citizen should require defending (it’s phenomenal, she’s phenomenal, we’re lucky that it exists in the world) but Adam Fitzgerald has done it, here. (Via Aimee Pohl)

Rob Maslen on Lolly Willowes– I really enjoyed this, but am struck anew by the idea that Sylvia Townsend Warner’s work is unknown or even little known (in this post, less well known than Hope Mirrlees, and see also this column by Kari Sperring) I suppose in SFF this might be the case (Lud-in-the-Mist is a Fantasy Masterwork, Lolly Willowes is not), outside them, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t the other way around.

I haven’t read Paul Murray’s The Mark and the Void yet (I expect to like it; his Skippy Dies is close to perfect); I loved this interview of him by Mark O’Connell.