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Weekend Reading List: Game Babes and Good Byes

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Weekend Reading List: Heartbreak, hexes, hiphop

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Weekend Reading List: Busting up gender all over the place

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It’s been a while, how’ve you been?

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Weekend Reading List: Werewolf heroes, Wakandan heroes

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Weekend Reading List: Ordinary women and overblown wingnuts

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Weekend Reading List: Slytherins, snubs, and social justice

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  • First up, the serious issues: is IT from A Wrinkle in Time feminist? [The Toast]
  • Also from the Toast is “reasons why I am totally fine and not freaked out to be a Slytherin” which rings particularly true for me because the new Pottermore sorting put me in Slytherin which is obviously complete nonsense because I am nothing if not a Ravenclaw. So I deleted the account, remade it, and used my old results.
  • Besides the fact that they got a weird amount of plot details wrong, this piece from the Decider on how The Guild revolutionized web series is worth checking out.
  • Instagram user queenofluna incorporates her hijab into some pretty great DC and Disney cosplay.
  • Here’s a handy list that brings together some popular works of male-authored fiction, and gives an alternative written by a woman instead. [Medium]
  • Puritan horror film The Witch is getting some great press, and I fully intend on watching it as soon as possible:
  • In honour of #oscarssowhite, Autostraddle has a spectacularly well researched history of acting Oscars being awarded to actors of colour. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty short list.
  • Jenny Beavan won the Oscar for costume design for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road, and a bunch of dudes very visibly did not clap for her. Feminist Current talks about beauty standards, the role of women, and why Beavan’s treatment was unacceptable.
  • And the Oscars prompted people to brush off some older writing, so let’s revisit Bitch‘s take on the ecofeminism of Mad Max, and Pacific Standard‘s opinion on the importance of seeing families of colour in Sanjay’s Super Team.
  • I’ve always been fascinated by how speculative and science fiction intersect with social justice movements (I mean I only started a blog about it), and recently I came across two very important pieces of writing:
    • For Harriet has a wonderful article on Black History Month, the Afro/Black experience in North America (particularly Canada), and the long-standing importance of Afrofuturism and Black science fiction in imagining alternative futures.
    • Jacobin published a very thorough piece on science fiction’s sometimes rocky relationship with neoliberal thought, collective action, labour politics, and a future outside of capitalist economies.
  • Okay okay and finally look at this podcast description: “Unapologetically Indigenous, unabashedly female & unblinkingly nerdy, Otipêyimisiw-Iskwêwak Kihci-Kîsikohk (Métis in Space), Molly and Chelsea drink a bottle of (red) wine and, from a tipsy, decolonial perspective, review a sci-fi movie or television episode featuring Indigenous peoples, tropes and themes.” That sounds amazing right? Go listen to Métis in Space!

 

 

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Weekend Reading List: Magic Schools, Magic Girls, Magic Love

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Hey cuties, happy Valentine’s day!

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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: stormtroopers and space rocks in love

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Weekend Reading List: Jedis, jump scares, and JK Rowling’s approval

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Happy New Year!

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