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Weekend Reading List: New year, new list, new hope

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Weekend Reading List: Sorrows, shadows, and sanctuary

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Hey kids, life stuff unfortunately got in the way of these weekend lists, but quite a lot of big things happened, so I won’t keep you hanging any longer.

  • This a very pretty comic series that recasts literary figures as witches, and there’s nothing more I want from life, really. [Electric Literature]
  • Unearthing the sea witch” is Hazlitt’s stab at unpacking the glory that is Ursula, and her source material, the drag queen Divine.
  • Problem Glyphs are magic sigils created by artist Eliza Gauger. They are meant to help with anonymously submitted problems, and they are very, very beautiful. There are also over 200 of them and I spent an enormous amount of time looking through them a little while ago.
  • The American Gods adaptation has cast its protagonist, Shadow. The gods’ errand boy will be played by Ricky Whittle, which is hugely promising in terms of casting diversity. [Tor]
  • In the face of the Angoulême Festival’s statement that women don’t appear in the history of comics, the Guardian has a pretty solid rebuttal.
  • Eleven year-old Marley Dias has put together a book drive to collect #1000BlackGirlBooks, or books with Black girl protagonists. Go Marley! [The Mary Sue]
  • This Toast piece takes on Aragorn, his tenuous claim to the throne, and the more bullshit aspects of life in Middle Earth.
  • Here are a couple of short stories for you: Laurie Penny’s “The House of Surrender” is an interesting look at criminal justice and rape culture from the point of view of a future culture, and Anne-E. Wood’s “Ghost Walk” a weird little story of murderous sisters. [der Freitag/Tin House]
  • And definitely read this note Octavia Butler wrote to herself as encouragement. Even her affirmations are beautiful. [Tor]

 

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Weekend Reading List: Code crackers and crustacean cretins

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  • Do you like Janelle Monáe, David Bowie, and superheroes? Stupid question, I know, but go watch this video. It’s part of a Pepsi ad campaign, so if I’m sharing it anyway, you know it’s got to be good.
  • If you care about such things, you’re probably aware that Deadpool has been confirmed as queer by the Marvel bigwigs. He’s a fan favourite, so it’s encouraging news, and here’s a Tumblr that takes a pretty in-depth look at the character’s pansexual history, despite some unfortunate typos. [Fuck Yes Deadpool]
  • I’ve been getting back into Futurama in a big way (I blame Burlesgeek, their May the 4th event was MCed by a pitch-perfect Zap Brannigan) and The Toast provides a hard pill to swallow: That we are all, despite our best efforts (and Leela aspirations), a Zoidberg deep inside.
  • Also from the Toast, a beautiful personal narrative that deals with growing up at the intersection of race and sexuality. It wouldn’t normally fall under the purview of this blog, necessarily, but it features Scott Bakula’s Quantum Leap character as “the catalyst for my earliest sexual feelings,” so close enough!
  • Rejoice! Game of Thrones is casting Sand Snakes! (And the Waif!) [io9]
  • A little while ago I mentioned a study that looked at male WoW players who used female avatars, and Slate has what appears to be a followup and explanation for why it happens. Their conclusion? It’s all about the butts.
  • There’s something about the women WWII Colossus computer operators of Bletchley Park that I find endlessly fascinating (for reals, you should all be watching The Bletchley Circle), so I love that the remaining code breakers reunited and took a picture. [The Guardian]
  • I’ve mentioned the “Not All Men” meme before, but in case you’re still wondering what this hip new phrase all the kids are saying is really about, here’s a primer. [Vox]
  • Nintendo released its life simulation game, Tomodachi Life, without any same-gender romance options, and Polygon, among others, was not happy about it.
  • Now I really want to grab a pint with Wonder Woman and talk about how unfair it is that she hasn’t gotten a movie yet. [Dorkly]

Top image is a panel from Ismael Canales‘s Cindi Mayweather fan art comic book.

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