Archive for November 8th, 2015

November 8, 2015

Of Interest (8 November, 2015)

Here are some things that I read and that you might like to read.



Rukmini Pande in Popmatters on race and passing in iZombie.

I haven’t worked out quite what I feel about Solarpunk (besides a vague support for anything that is so upsetting to the “but it’s not punk!” people; this piece by Andrew Dana Hudson gets at a lot of its appeal while also managing to be several things I dislike, but there it is anyway.

Frances Chiem on the Life is Strange finale and not letting teenagers save the world.

Two responses to Chetan Bhagat’s embarrassing rant about “liberals”: Sanjay Rajoura offering serious (and useful) opposition here, and twitterer “Doucheslayer” treating the piece with all the respect it deserved here.

While on the subject of quality literature, Shocko reads Striker! by Steve Bruce. Yes really.

Ijeoma Oluo refuses to review Suffragette because “the same process that thinks an entire film in which people of color don’t exist is “relatable” is the same process that leads a group of white women to wear shirts exclaiming their brave preference to not be slaves.” I suggest not reading the comments.

I love this review by Darcie Dennigan of Joanna Walsh’s Vertigo and Hotel, “how embarrassing it is to be alive, how each of us is continually barred from our self”.

Rasheedah Phillips has written and said some amazing things, and this interview with Katy Otto, which covers community, and parenting and Afrofuturism, is so good.

I’d never come across June Jordan’s “The Difficult Miracle of Black Poetry in America” before but thanks to Kate Schapira I now have and maybe you hadn’t either and now you can.

Via Prem Panicker, Amitav Ghosh’s “The Ghosts of Mrs Gandhi“. “It is when we think of the world the aesthetic of indifference might bring into being that we recognize the urgency of remembering the stories we have not written.”

I’m glad The Wire published this translated piece by M.M. Kalburgi. “The Future of Folk in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction“.


The World:

Via Nicholas Tam, Helen MacDonald forages for mushrooms.

Autostraddle’s Rachel on growing up with/in/near Salem.

Kitty Stryker on suicide and radical self-reliance.

Moon Ribas “reflects the same uncertainty as anyone living along earth’s many fault lines: trusting in stillness, but knowing that turbulence can come at any time”, this is amazing.