Archive for ‘links’

November 27, 2016

Of Interest (27 November, 2016)

Recovery, Escape, Consolation:

Via Shailja Patel, a curriculum for men to challenge male supremacy.

This intervention and deescalation resource list.

Christina Sharp on the uses of kinship and (putting them together because I read them together, and I think reading them together was good) Muna Mire on resisting (and fearing) Trump’s Islamophobia.

Space Crone on the Black Mirror episode “San Junipero” (via JR).

Kanishk Tharoor in Kill Screen on the Civilization series (via Aaron Bady).

Patricks Blanchfield and Iber on America/Banana Republic comparisons.

Bettina Judd’s “The Break”, via Nicole Chung.

Ndinda Kioko and Phoebe Boswell in conversation.

Interview with several Canadian spec-fic authors of colour (inc. Hopkinson, Goto, Moreno-Garcia).

Poundstoremike on Harry Potter everywhere and the drifting away from real politics (and real consequences) of political commentary. (I still have unarticulated quibbles with this piece, but I like most of it very much.)

Rudo Mudiwa on Zimbabwe’s bond notes, crisis, and resistance. (Not to make it all about us, but Indian readers might find this particularly pertinent right now.)

Usha Ramanathan on India’s demonetisation mess.

Elissa Washuta on words, and whiteness, and apocalypse (via Kate Schapira).

Janelle Monae, interviewed by Tyler Young, on (among other things) Hidden Figures, i.e. probably the only reason to hope 2017 happens at all.

This interview/profile of Alex Wheatle by Homa Khaleeli did things to my heart and I’m so glad he won the children’s fiction prize, and I’m so glad of his black and purple socks.

P.E. Garcia on poetry after the American election (via Kip Manley). Mainly for this:

I feel as though I’ve been saying I love you a lot lately, but maybe that’s not true. Maybe I simply feel it more acutely when I say it now, as though each time I say it to someone I love, I mean it desperately; my love is clawing at the air as it sinks into quicksand.

Hilton Als reviews Loving.

This important cat story.

This small story from Beard and Hopkins’s The Colosseum (via Vajra Chandrasekera)




November 13, 2016

Of Interest (13 November, 2016)

Not dividing these by category this week–think of them as miscellaneous things that are not entirely about the American election (it’s not escapism if we cannot escape it, and anyway some of these kind of are about the American election).



A new Kuzhali Manickavel story in The Forge.

Anne Boyer in The White Review.

Via Kate Schapira, Diane di Prima’s Revolutionary Letters.

A chapter of Christina Sharpe’s In The Wake: “On The Violent Language of the Refugee Crisis”.

Hannah Black in The Towner on Brexit and British racism.

Hannah Black (again) interviews Mariame Kaba here.

I’ve linked to it before, but (about three quarters of the way down the page) Angela Carter’s “Anger in a Black Landscape” has been helpful today.

Via Bhuvi Gupta, this, by Baidurya Chakrabarti, on this week’s demonetization mess.

Amit Kumar and Arif Ayaz Parrey on Kashmir, and not being India.


And this.

November 6, 2016

Of Interest (6 November, 2016)

After a couple of weeks’ absence I return with some links about books:


Via Rohan Venkat, Hugh Ryan on Michelle Tea’s Black Wave and ending, adulthood, apocalypse, etc.

I’ve loved Anita Roy’s recent columns for BLInk, and this, on a particular school of nature writing, is particularly great.

Irenosen Okojie (in an interview by Kit Caless) on “sly” narratives, genre, travel, gunk, and Speak Gigantular.

Via Christina Sharpe on twitter, M. Milks here reviews (and thinks with, and around) Sarah Schulman’s Conflict Is Not Abuse:

In her introduction, she invites us to encounter Conflict Is Not Abuse as a dialogic text: “This is not a book to be agreed with, an exhibition of evidence or display of proof. It is instead designed for engaged and dynamic interactive collective thinking.” On these grounds, she succeeds. I talked to the book while reading it; I have been talking about it with everyone I know.

Alexander Chee on Elena Ferrante’s Frantumaglia.

Charles Finch on Austin Tappan Wright’s Islandia.

Kai Ashante Wilson on writing dialect as a person of colour. (“In other words, this essay could consider the needs of white or POC writers, but not of both and still be brief.” <3)

Ken Liu on the Chineseness of Chinese SF.

Jonathan Sturgeon returns to Quentin Anderson’s The Imperial Self in the time of Franzen.

Anoud on the Iraq + 100 anthology and writing SFF.

Via Vajra Chandrasekera, Amy De’ath on Bhanu Kapil’s Ban en Banlieue.


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.