The Week in Review: October 27th, 2013

Tattered Cover: Malinda Lo

My mysterious thing from last week? Oh, you know, just hosting Malinda Lo’s author event at the store. (I talked someone into letting me do it because Malinda Lo is awesome.) While the fact I was wearing my favorite Elementary-inspired outfit was dampened by being trapped in eight circles of traffic hell (who schedules a marathon that goes in a circle around my place of work?), it went quite smoothly and I met some very awesome people. I finished Let’s Talk About Love this week, and am powering through Mira Grant’s Parasite.


Adorable gay wedding of the week: a couple that’s been together for 46 years fell in love, adopted a child, and then got married, with their beloved granddaughter as the flower girl. Not only is it very sweet, but it also highlights the function of the wedding ceremony. Since they’ve been together twice as long as I’ve been alive, the wedding is just an “enhancement,” not a legitimization.

The Hunger Games’ Rue, Amandla Stenberg, will be playing Captain Irving’s daughter on Sleepy Hollow! Cue Ichabod awkwardly trying to establish a rapport with her as she decides to be Jenny when she grows up.

My distaste for Steven Moffatt cannot overcome my love for Doctor Who, probably because my love for continuity porn is the stuff of legend. (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, to be exact.) Here’s the teaser trailer for the 50th anniversary that does lovely things with space and time. And here’s a cheat sheet to all the references. Excuse me, I have to go weep over Susan for the umpteenth time.

tumblr user raptorific talks whitewashing, viewing white as default, and the “one and done” example that Disney is setting.

That Melissa McCarthy female James Bond comedy is moving forward, having gathered Rose Byrne’s interest and a title: Susan Cooper. Byrne as a fiddly Q-type would be fantastic.

There’s going to be a new film adaptation of Little Women!

Ytasha Womack, author of Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture, dropped by io9 to answer commenter questions. She talks about afrofuturism’s history and politics, which is all fascinating stuff. I’ll be picking the book up!

Take Back Halloween! is a costume resource focused on great women in history and mythology, in an attempt to provide alternatives to costuming companies that churn out Sexy Cookie Monsters. (Spoiler: we are all sexy cookie monsters on the inside.) They’re having their yearly Kickstarter and, while they’ve already hit their goal, they’re offering new costumes for every stretch goal they achieve.

Need to check if a movie you’re about to see might trigger you something awful? Movie Triggers is the site to help you out. I’ve also used Kids in Mind in the past, but mostly to see if movies followed through.

Well, somebody’s going to have to play Christian Grey, and I think it might be a better career move for Jamie Dornan than Charlie Hunnam. We shall see how this pans out.

The writers for Marvel’s new Loki series have confirmed that Loki is bisexual and genderfluid. Step it up, DC, that’s all I’m saying.

Here’s the trailer for Captain America: Winter Soldier, which looks like it’s about Steve negotiating his ideals with the reality of SHIELD and being friends with Natasha. (Can we also make it a running joke that Natasha likes to change her hair style every two years? I think that’d be cute.)

Ann Hornaday at The Washington Post discusses the politics of filming black skin when most lighting practices and tools are created with the assumption that they will be filming white actors.

Disney’s Aladdin finally comes to Broadway, after try-outs in Seattle—without a single Arab or Arab-American actor. Are you kidding me.

Hocus Pocus is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year!

Simon & Schuster is launching a speculative fiction imprint sometime next year, covering all ages. Consider my fingers steepled.

I finally got to sit down with the latest issue of Transformative Works and Cultures! Juli J. Parrish’s “Metaphors We Read By: People, process, and fanfiction” tempers the Jenkins concept of the textual poacher with a metaphor based on Brownian motion to highlight the process of fans turning a place (i.e., a text) into a space (i.e., a fandom).

Anne Trubek at SFGate rolls her eyes at Jonathan Franzen’s hatred of Twitter:

Twitter has offered me an intellectual community I otherwise lack. It cuts the distance, both geographic and hierarchical. Not only can I talk with people in other places, but I can engage with people in different career stages as well. A sharp insight posted on Twitter is read, and RT’d (retweeted), with less regard for the tweeter’s resume (or gender or race) than it might be if uttered at, say, a networking event. Social media is a hedge against the white-shoe, old-boys’ networks of publishing. It is a democratizing force in the literary world.

Jason Heller at the A.V. Club offers up a primer for the Who. I find these sorts of guides incredibly useful for music, because I tend to just power through discographies without guidance.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Germanic countries decorated the bodies of their saints with jewels, gold, and lace. Here’s an article about the practice and a gorgeous slideshow.

Next month will be the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Jill Abramson at The New York Times takes the opportunity to wonder why, when there are so many books about JFK and the Kennedys, there isn’t one definitive text about the man and his death. It touches on myth-making, contemporary accounts, and celebrity.

in 1983, Rolling Stone did a cover feature on the soon to be released Return of the Jedi. Carrie Fisher offers some awesome commentary about Leia and touches on how speculative fiction offers us a way to imagine worlds without our prejudices:

Movies are dreams! And they work on you subliminally. You can play Leia as capable, independent, sensible, a solder, a fighter, a woman in control—control being, of course, a lesser word than master. But you can portray a woman who’s a master and get through all the female prejudice if you have her travel in time, if you add a magical quality, if you’re dealing in fairy-tale terms. People need these bigger-than-life projections.

Adi Robertson at The Verge talks about her experience with a Nordic larp—a cross between LARPing and improv theater—set in a world where men have died off.

Feministing founder Jessica Valenti reminds journalists how to not report on rape:

If you run a story exploring the reasons why rape happens, focus on the perpetrator, not the victim’s behavior. Because despite what Emily Yoffe writes, the common denominator in most rapes is not young women drinking, the common denominator is rapists.

At The Baffler, Susan Faludi examines Sheryl Sandberg, the Lean-In movement (which focuses on individual action, not collective action), and how capitalism and feminism have interacted since the dawn of the twentieth century.

Kimberly Fu discusses growing up Asian-American in a truly diverse and colorblind community and then going to college:

ON MY FIRST DAY AT UNIVERSITY, a representative of the school’s pan-Asian club approached me outside of the cafeteria. They were having a party for prospective members. At the time, “Asian” didn’t seem like much of a unifying feature. I naively wondered what a third-generation Korean-American has in common with someone who just got off a plane from Cambodia. Turns out, to a lot of people, we’re all the same. We share experiences because those experiences are forced upon us.


Purchased: None
Added: Afrofuturism by Ytasha Womack (via io9), Rebel Sell by Joseph Heath (via Let’s Talk About Love), Doll Bones by Holly Black (via Ana), Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse (via work), What’s the Matter with White People by Joan Walsh (via work), If Kennedy Lived by Jeff Greenfield (via work), An Unfinished Life by Robert Dallek (via The New York Times)

8 thoughts on “The Week in Review: October 27th, 2013

  1. Stuck Rubber Baby is really interesting! Would love to hear your thoughts.

    I watched Hocus Pocus for the first time ever yesterday – I’m baffled that I managed to be a kid in the 90’s and miss, especially because it’s so completely my kind of thing.

    Thanks for the Faludi article – I’ve only just started reading it but can already tell it touches on a lot of stuff I keep thinking about.

    Lastly, hooray for hosting Malinda Lo! That’s all kinds of awesome 😀

    • We got a used copy of Stuck Rubber Baby at the store that I could not stop flipping through.

      Hocus Pocus is so great! Winnie Sanderson is on my cosplay list for when I am old enough to pull it off.

      Lean In has been doing alright at the store, but something about it hits me the wrong way, which Faludi articulates.

      It was tons of fun. 🙂

    • Oh, snap!

      I think it’ll be a better move for Doran because it’ll be his first major film role, whereas Pacific Rim has definitely sold Hunnam as capable enough to anchor an action ensemble piece. I have no idea how this movie will pan out, really. Part of me is hoping for a flaming trainwreck and the other part of me is still figuring it out.

  2. Yay for adorable Rue! I am so excited to see her on Sleepy Hollow and hang out with Crane! I love that show even though it is very very silly. Or really because it is silly.

    DC does need to step up its game, but there’s a part of me that likes it when Marvel does better at life than DC. I do truly prefer the Marvel superheroes in the first place. It is nice to feel that Marvel is also morally superior. :p

    • Because it is delightfully silly, what with everything being on fire and also demons. And also manages to be one of the more diverse and respectful shows on the air at the same time.

      I just… I just love Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn so much, Jenny, I want to believe that DC will eventually stop tripping over itself all the time. But that probably wan’t be soon…

  3. I love the 1994 Little Women so much. My family watches it almost every Christmas. I have never seen any other version and have never felt the need to, but I will be open-minded about seeing the new one, depending on the casting.

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