Archive for ‘links’

October 16, 2016

Of Interest (16 October, 2016)

After a hiatus of a couple of weeks, I return to you older (I had a birthday! It was okay), sadder, and bearing several links about books, a couple about other things, and no Bob Dylan thinkpieces.



Carmen Maria Machado on Joanna Russ, women’s writing, and a Neil Gaiman blurb.

Safiya Sinclair on being/claiming Caliban. (Via Maureen Kincaid Speller.)

Sharanya on Ferrante. (Via Hena Mehta.)

Daisy Rockwell on the poetry of Shubham Shree. “Hindi mein likhne ke liye Hindi se bachna jaruri hai aur likhte reh paane ke liye likhne ki duniya se.”

Anne Chisholm approves of Edmund Gordon’s new Angela Carter biography; Rachel Cooke is underwhelmed.

Anna Carey on the Juvenalia podcast, on girls’ comics.

Peter Moskowitz’s interview with/profile of Tommy Pico.

Jed Hartman’s history of SF prozines on the internet. (Incidentally, you have a couple of days to contribute to the Strange Horizons fund drive! Please do.)

Floella Benjamin on Coming To England‘s 20th anniversary. (Via Karen Sands-O’Connor.)

Aarthi Parthasarthy and Mira Malhotra on being a woman who reads things on the internet.

Hena Mehta, Shashi Mike and Samira Nadkarni discuss Manjula Padmanabhan’s gender dystopias.

It feels important that you read Dario Fo’s Nobel lecture.

Marian and James Womack on translating science fiction. (Via Vajra Chandrasekera.)



Annie Zaidi on tea.

Rahel Aima explains Madras filter coffee.



Solange Knowles in conversation with Tavi Gevinson. (Via Anna Carey.)

Sonal Giani on the queerness of Falguni Pathak. (Contains a link to “Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye”, the least heterosexual thing I have ever seen on tv) (Via Shruti Ravi.)

Anu Kumar on the life and work of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji.

Uday Kapur on the classist gatekeeping around Indian hip-hop. (Via Supriya Nair.)

September 25, 2016

Of Interest (25 September, 2016)

All that really matters this week is Leonard Cohen wrote the most 2016 of songs. Nevertheless, here are some links to things I read.


Art things:

Some amazing work in the most recent issue of Nepantla, via Kate Schapira.

Chenxin Jiang on William Empson and Buddhist art.

Namrata Poddar on visual vs oral storytelling and “show don’t tell”.

Anannya Baruah on Bhaskar Hazarika’s Kothanodi.


Life things:

Lawrence Liang on copyright and the DU photocopying case.Via Gautam Premnath.

Ashwaq Masoodi on food hierarchies, Dalit cusine and “dirty” food.

Louis Allday visits the Imperial War Museum.

Via Kawrage on twitter, Deepa Kumar on imperialist feminism.

James Kilgore on the recent prison labour strike in the US. (via Kurt Newman)


People talking:

Via Kate Schapira again, this conversation between Darcie Dennigan, Joyelle McSweeney and Michael Martin Shea. It’s difficult, and good, and yes.

This interview with Ava Duvernay is about a lot of director-y things that I know nothing about, and it’s fascinating.

Claudia Rankine on her MacArthur grant.

A Q&A by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad with the winners of the Islamicate short story contest, via Jonah Sutton-Morse.

Kate Kellaway interviews Eimear McBride, via Subashini Navaratnam.



September 11, 2016

Of Interest (11 September, 2016)


The World:

Julian Brave NoiseCat and Anne Spice on #NoDAPL, and a history of indigenous resistance. Via Nandini Ramachandran.

Amit Kumar responds to Ashis Nandy’s recent comments on Kashmir.

On Kafila, a post by the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition for Civil Society

Gee Imaan Semmalar on the representation of trans people in the Indian media.

Shereen Abyan on black futures, technology, loss. (Via [I think] Kate Schapira.)

I have arguments with this piece on the trajectories of student protest movements and the burning of a library in Durban, but it also describes dynamics I recognise, so.

Everybody Loves A Good Riot, a multimedia project stemming from the Muzaffarnagar riots, by Aman Sethi, Adi Prakash, Kunal Mehra and Hitesh Singh.

Via Jennifer Marie Brissett, this piece on marronage and the Great Dismal Swamp.

Jackie Wang on the globalisation of George Jackson.

By Ita Mehrotra, this short graphic history of Irom Sharmila.


Books and film and music:

Anvar Alikhan interviews members of Freddie Mercury’s school band, The Hectics.

Via the Racist Sandwich podcast, Shahu Patole on his book about Dalit food.

Gerry Canavan on the Idea of Star Trek.

Suketu Mehta’s new book has had some scathing reviews over the last few days, but my favourite is this one at Brown Paper Bag.

Sofia Samatar’s WisCon Guest of Honour speech.

B. Prabakaran on Kabali, caste, and consciousness-raising.

September 4, 2016

Of Interest (4 September, 2016)


Shaun Tan’s new fairytale book is made up of sculptures that are rather wonderful.

This piece on queer precarity in the UK by Joni Pitt (Cohen) and Sophie Monk is exhausting, and occasionally hopeful.

Nayyeema Ismat on queer shuttling–if you read the New Inquiry’s Sunday Reading list (which you should, and all these links are over there anyway) you’ll have seen this in Kitabet’s recommendations last week, but consider this an added endorsement.

More on the Farooqui rape case (see last week’s links); Kalpana Kannabiran on the gradation of assault, carceral feminism, and the Badhwar-Agnes interview (that interview was also published in Outlook, who have probably benefited from all this clickbait).

Via Nandini Ramachandran, this essay by Amelia Schonbek on Madeline Gins.

Hilary Plum on Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs: “Ultimately, my complaint about this novel is one that its characters would recognize: I find its narrative of the phenomenon of the bomb insufficient.” Via Subashini Navaratnam.

Mark Summers on Percy Shelley’s lost (and recently found) political pamphlet.

IndiaResists on Friday’s huge labour strike.

Tim Phipps on Star Trek Beyond is weird, and brilliant, and weird.

I missed this when it was first published–Mikki Kendall on Beyoncé’s hot sauce.

Nicholas Dawes on his Indian and South African colonial legacies.

Annie Zaidi on a generation of Indian sportswomen.

Ezekiel Kweku on Colin Kaepernick’s protest, the American flag, and its history in black political protest art.

Via Marika Rose, this interview with Silvia Federici on capitalism, work, class, feminism.


Finally, a tiny self-plug; I wrote a review of a book by Kevin Costner (???) among others.

August 29, 2016

Of Interest (29 August, 2016)

I’ve been travelling this week, so have done very little reading that wasn’t a) my own conference paper or b) in an archive I’ve been rootling in for another essay. However.


Books, film, TV:

Full text of Perumal Murugan’s recent statement on censorship and attempts to ban his work.

Erin Horáková has this majestic thing on Blakes 7, and what it did and meant, on Strange Horizons.


The world:

Doreen St Félix on the role of racism in Haiti’s cholera crisis.

Shyamolie Singh on a recent interview between Flavia Agnes and Natasha Badhwar, about Mahmood Farooqui’s conviction for rape.

Ballard on Modernist architecture: “I know that most people, myself included, find it difficult to be clear-eyed at all times and rise to the demands of a pure and unadorned geometry.”

Rafia Zakaria on empires’ obsession with women’s clothing, and Musab Younis more specifically on France’s long preoccupation with unveiling women.

August 21, 2016

Of Interest (21 August, 2016)



I could link to all of Your Fat Friend’s posts, but here is one in defense of fat sadness, via Ekaterina Sedia.

Dhrubo Jyoti on the savarna media’s coverage of caste violence.

Nandini Krishnan at The Ladies Finger on gender and abuse in Indian theatre.

I’m still reading this, by Jacob Silverman, on software and privacy and surveillance, but I’m finding it useful to think with.

This baffling story on metafilter, involving two hapless protagonists and a lot of cheese. As you read through the comments and finally receive the whole story, you discover that it too is a story about privacy and surveillance. And also cheese. (Via Erin Horakova)

No one who has met me will be surprised by my love of these photographs by Mirko Nahmijas. Give me all the huge, brutalist buildings.

Related–this Owen Hatherley reading list about Soviet architecture.

Sarah Blackwood on childbirth and “empowerment”.

Kathleen Jamie on Brexit, conservation, anger. Via Sridala Swami.:

Because I’m angry I can’t see straight. Literally. By ‘see’ I mean ‘attend’. My relationship with the natural world has been knocked all to hell. After years of trying to train my eye and attune my ear to nature, to notice and make it matter, to know that everything we have and do derives ultimately from the Earth, and to write accordingly – it’s all taken a hit.

Katie Matlack on Caster Semenya, Dutee Chand, and the gender policing of women in sports.

Sharda Ugra on Dipa Karmakar, PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik.

Rosa Lyster on getting clothes in books wrong.

Arup K. Chatterjee on cow vigilantism and colonial rule. Via Alok Prasanna Kumar.

I’ve been following the discussion of e.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s When We Was Fierce and the many issues with its invented language. Meanwhile I’m about to read Alex Wheatle’s Liccle Bit and Crongton Knights, and in the context of all those things, this interview with Wheatle, about his invented language, is really interesting.

August 14, 2016

Of Interest (14 August, 2016)


Unsorted because I did a tonne of work today:

Flavia Dzodan (pause while we all give thanks that Flavia is writing things on the internet again) on having a phrase become a meme, capitalism, compensation.

Cheryl Wollner interviews Megan Milks.

Phenderson Djèlí Clark on the Fireside Report and submitting to SF markets as a black writer.

Kelly Hayes on “the little girls who may now believe that they too could be president one day.”

Mildly concerned that this piece by Ben Panko has a tagline from a cheesy movie, but that is the world we are in now.

Molly Smith on the links between criminalisation and violence against sex workers.

Maya Goodfellow on misogynoir and attacks on Diane Abbott.

Janet Stickmon advises aliens on creating a library of books with black characters for children.

Brendan Byrne on Sophia Al-Maria’s Black Friday.  (Related, Al-Maria’s “The Gaze of Sci-Fi Wahabi“)

Gee Imaan Semmalar on the various problems with India’s recent bill for the protection of trans people’s rights.

Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on Frank Ocean’s deferred album, thirst and performative longing.

Praveen Gopal Krishnan on immigration, property and precarity in the Gulf.

Nisi Shawl, Ayana Jamieson and Cauleen Smith discuss the legacy of Octavia Butler.

Some good things in the South Asian Writing special issue of 91st Meridian, but these Uday Prakash poems, translated by Roomy Naqvy, are my favourite.

I haven’t thought through this piece on the futures of nuclear criticism by Daniel Cordle yet, but there is much there that is relevant to my interests and probably yours as well.

August 7, 2016

Of Interest (7 August, 2016)

Here are some things that I read this week.



A Vision For Black Lives.  Via Christina Sharpe.

Lori Lee Oates on empire and the commercialisation of alternative religion. (It’s not an argument that has space to examine the uneven ways in which things like yoga work in their homelands, but as long as we’re all remembering that that too is a thing…)

I enjoyed this roundtable about terminology in the UK, though I’m not sure why it’s in two parts. (Via Nikesh Shukla, who’s in it.)

Gurminder K. Bhambra on Britishness, empire, brexit, class.

In the wake of this week’s BLM demonstration in London, the context of Jimmy Mubenga’s death feels particularly important to remember.

An interview with Mariame Kaba on prison abolition, race, violence. Via Molly Smith.



Dexter Palmer in conversation with J.D. Schnepf.

I also enjoyed this interview with Metropolarity.

Trisha Gupta in Asymptote on Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay’s Panty.

Robin Ngangom on Pijush Dhar and Shillong. Via Nandini Ramachandran.

Kate Schapira and Valerie Witte in conversation.

Malcolm Harris on China Mieville’s Last Days of New Paris.


July 31, 2016

Of Interest (31 July, 2016)

I’m slowly, tentatively, beginning to look through all the things I saved and didn’t read over the last couple of months, when too much was happening (globally, personally) to take things in. I don’t know if that means that the next few weeks of links round-ups will be unusually dense or the opposite.


The world:

At I had some preliminary thoughts on maps and fantasy and Pokémon Go. I’m hoping to expand this when I’ve thought about it more, perhaps, and it will be on the blog when I’ve done so. But I link in the piece to this essay by Keisha E. McKenzie, which is good and which you should read.

Amitav Ghosh interviewed by Nayantara Narayanan, on most art’s failure to confront climate change. I am looking forward to this book; I already know what I want to read it alongside, which is exciting in itself.

Kate Schapira on a “new” whale.

JR on flags, raising them, bringing them down.

Robbie Shilliam on racism and brexit–I found his distiction between biculturalism and multiculturalism in particular very useful to think with.

Nikesh Shukla on the “isolated incidents” that we’re being told to dismiss.

Colin Dickey on the genderedness of spiritualist tradition and Ghostbusters.

Ishan Marvel follows the Yamuna in Delhi.



Books in the world:

Fireside’s report on the dearth of published short science fiction by black writers is damning, and needs to be read.

Sam Wallman’s So Below, a comic about land and space.

Kim Reynolds on left-wing interwar children’s literature.

Arshia Sattar remembers A.K. Ramanujan.

Matthew Cheney on living/reading/writing through the AIDS crisis.

Keguro Macharia on queer truncation; in a column, and then a review.

(Both Macharia pieces from Strange Horizons‘s Our Queer Planet month, which also featured a review of Cheney’s collection: Week 1; Week 2; Week 3; Week 4–other favourites include a story by Vajra Chandrasekera, a review of Steven Universe by Erin Horakova, an interview with O Horvath.)

June 5, 2016

Of Interest (5 June, 2016)

I suppose I could have organised this week’s Sunday Reading links by theme, but nah.


Two important things by Sara Ahmed this week. First, a piece on her recent resignation from Goldsmiths, sexual harrassment, institutions and the archive. Then from a couple of days earlier, this, on progressive racism and racism as a structuring force in progressive movements.

[Reading the two pieces together is instructive; particularly when Ahmed says, in the piece on progressive racism, “The response to a challenge of diversity of the University takes the form of a statement of how the university promotes diversity.  Indeed, diversity as a form of good practice (One World Week, Black History Month) is used as evidence that there is not a problem with a lack of diversity.” Goldsmiths’ response to the incidents that led to Ahmed’s resignation almost appears to have been written to this guideline; it’s remarkable.]


Hannah Black on the workings of “identity politics”.

Carmen Maria Machado watches a stranger maybe write a novel.

Scott Long on the meaning (and elevation, and not) of marriage.

At Strange Horizons, Portia Subran, Kevin Jared Hosein and Brent Ryan Bellamy discuss the works of Nalo Hopkinson.

Muhammad Ali watches Rocky II with Roger Ebert.

I’ll be glad when Game of Thrones thinkpiece season is at an end, but this piece by Lili Loofbourow says some great things about the narrative incoherence of the show when it strays from family drama. [I squeaked with joy at 'we extend these incidents conspiratorial credit ("what happened to Hodor was terribly sad and clearly brilliant — we'll find out why soon").']

Iona Sharma on learning Gaelic and re-learning Hindi. Via about half the people I know (how weird and great to see someone you know in one context being ‘discovered’ by people you know in a different context.)

Camalita Naicker on passing as Indian in India, Africa in the Indian imaginary, and shared forgotten histories.

And while on the subject of anti-African (and anti-black) racism in India, a news story on multiple recent instances of mob violence and another on a forgotten African past in India.

Snigdha Poonam’s great (and terrifying) story on children in Kota IIT-preparation institutes killing themselves. (Avoid the comments unless painfully misguided how-not-to-feel-suicidal advice particularly amuses you.)

Most people have by now read this statement by the woman who was raped by Brock Turner, but it’s powerful and direct and horrifying. (Trigger warning for some graphic, detailed descriptions.)

Siddharth Varadarajan on the aftermath of the Gulberg society massacre.