Monthly Archives: June, 2013

Sunday Links, June 30, 2013

The Locus Award winners have been announced. I chortled my way through the winning science fiction novel, John Scalzi’s Redshirts. It’s not great art by any means, but it’s a lot of fun. The long list for the David Gemmell Legend Awards has been announced. I want to read almost everything on that list! Zombie […]

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Reading Orwell in Taksim Square

Possibly the single most enduring image from my own political coming of age, in my late 20s, was Tiananmen Square’s Tank Man. To someone who had idly considered herself a dissenter once upon a time—largely due, in retrospect, to sartorial choices—he was a comeuppance, the real deal. So when Erdem Gündüz staged his own solitary […]

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Sunday Links, June 23, 2013

The nominees for the British Fantasy Awards have been announced. I find I’m curious about Lou Morgan’s Blood and Feathers, though I also must note that I really enjoyed Graham Joyce’s Some Kind of Fairy Tale — which has been double-nominated, for best fantasy and for best horror, which seems like quite a feat to […]

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Poetry Friday: “Dear Mr. Fanelli,” by Charles Bernstein

Isn’t commuting daily by subway like nothing so much as pursuing a reluctant lover? You inhabit your starting point, envision your destination, and confidently plunge forward along well-laid pathways. Filled with hope and longing, capable of doubt and despair, and knowing (in your heart of hearts) that being given a moment to sit and catch […]

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That’s Not Funny

For a publication that’s been walking that fine line between good and bad taste for years, Vice Magazine managed to piss off a whole bunch of people at once with the photo spread in its recent Fiction Issue. Titled “Last Words,” it staged a series of models portraying female writers who had famously committed suicide—or, […]

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Open Letters Monthly, June 2013

Today is both Father’s Day and Bloomsday, but any attempt on the part of this post to find a connection between the two is probably folly. I’m quite certain my father read Ulysses, but my window of opportunity to talk to him about it has come and gone; I’d have as much luck trying to […]

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Sunday Links, June 16, 2013

The Bram Stoker Awards were awarded yesterday evening at the World Horror Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Caitlín R. Kiernan took the top prize for best novel with The Drowning Girl. It’s the second major prize for that novel, which also won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award. The Campbell Conference awarded its three awards on […]

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Sunday Links, June 9, 2013

I’ve missed the last few weeks, having been tied up in attending the Nebula Weekend, getting ready to vacation, and vacationing. That means that this week’s helping of links is longer than usual — but it’s full of tastiness. Get your list of books to look for out, because you’re likely to be adding to […]

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Poetry Friday: “Although the wind …” by Izumi Shikibu

Last night (trying to meet this Friday deadline), I opened the program and spread out my notes. Since the week before, I had wanted to write something about the damage caused by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. I went online to review some of the details and was caught up in a maelstrom of Breaking News […]

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