The Week in Review: August 17th, 2014

Delta Airlines: Flight

Phase Two of Operation New York is go, but oh, how I despise traveling. I thought I’d come to terms with it as an adult, but I haven’t.

Links

The situation in Ferguson is just horrifying. Code Switch breaks down the facts and implications of Michael Brown’s murder. The #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag is also an incisive commentary on it. Jacobin points out how our sudden outrage over Ferguson, borne mostly of grassroots activism on Twitter, indicates even larger problems for the United States and race.

With the tragic passing of Robin Williams, there’s been an absolute storm of amazing writing about the man and his career. But David Kalat’s tribute to the very strange Popeye particularly touched me, despite being written before his death.

Marvel wants to bring the Inhumans to the big screen. Better not before Captain Marvel or Black Panther, that’s all I’m saying.

Hyrule Warriors, despite its seriously bizarre costume design, is oddly committed to all ladies, all the time—to the point that there was a lady Link, Linkle, designed and considered. Adorable!

Two competing Mary Shelley biopics? Did I pass out and wake up in the best timeline? We’ve talked about A Storm in The Stars, but Mary Shelley’s Monster, starring Sophie Turner, sounds a little more primed for the teenage goth set. The more the merrier!

Noel Murray talks about what films they actually don’t make anymore over at the Dissolve.

David Mack wrote an official Star Trek novel that features two ladies in a relationship. A reader objects. Mack responds, in true Star Trek spirit:

Most of my writing work to date has been for Star Trek. Although the various television series could have done more in their respective times to portray ethnic and gender diversity, those of us who write the licensed Trek fiction continue to do our best to depict a more progressive, enlightened, open, and harmonious future, not just for humanity but for all sentient beings. One in which love, equality, and compassion are the touchstones of civilized society.

To that end, we’ve tried to make our literary dramatis personae more closely resemble the people of Earth. We’ve tried to include more people of African, Asian, and Southeast Asian ancestry than were seen in the televised and feature-film stories. We’ve tried to incorporate characters who hail from many cultures and viewpoints. We’ve tried to imagine a future in which people of all faiths have learned to live in harmony with people of other creeds as well as those who prefer to lead purely secular lives. We’ve tried to depict a future in which people’s gender identities are no longer limited to some arbitrary binary social construct, but rather reflect a more fluid sense of personal identity.

I will never be made to feel shame for doing this. I am proud that we’ve been able to do this. I know we’ve still got more work to do, and we can do better at integrating more diverse viewpoints and characters into the ever-expanding universe of Star Trek.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt identifies as a feminist! Huzzah!

tumblr user sansaspark proposes that, in Disney’s Mulan, Mulan herself is the Great Dragon that is awakened during the film.

Pop Sonnets is the tumblr you didn’t know you needed in your life, rewriting pop lyrics to become classic sonnets. Delightful.

Acquisitions

Books
Purchased: None
Added: Girl Heroes by Susan Hopkins (via Spice World research)

Films
Purchased: None
Added: Rhymes for Young Ghouls (via Arts.Mic), The Activist (via Arts.Mic), Winter in the Blood (via Arts.Mic), The Lesser Blessed (via Arts.Mic), Maori Boy Genius (via Arts.Mic), The Cherokee Word for Water (via Arts.Mic), Drunktown’s Finest (via Arts.Mic), The Haumana (via Arts.Mic), In Hell (via The AV Club), Unleashed (via The AV Club)

2 thoughts on “The Week in Review: August 17th, 2014

  1. Last week was just — ugh. Some podcast I was listening to said there was too much front-page news in the week, and I completely agree with that. The situation in Ferguson is upsetting me maybe the most. These situations keep happening over and over, and time after time I think it’s going to make society recognize the structural bias against people of color in our police and criminal justice systems, and every time it fails to have that effect in any lasting way. The whole thing makes me so angry and sad.

    YAY to the Mary Shelley biopics and the JGL feminism information. JGL has been one of those stars who’s sneakily grown on me over a long period of time. With every successive year, I feel a little bit fonder of him.

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