Washington Post: Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos resigns following outrage over his past comments about pedophilia
The New Yorker: How Alt-Right “Fellow-Traveller” Milo Yiannopoulos Cracked Up the Right
BBC: Donald Trump: MPs clash over UK state visit
Mr Flynn, a member of the petitions committee, said [...] there was "no question of any disrespect" towards the United States in opposing Mr Trump's visit, but said the president had caused problems in "every political area in which he has become involved in" and had been "behaving like a petulant child".
BBC: Transgender dolls: Breaking the mould or just a fad?
Everyday Feminism: 9 Things Not to Say to a Non-Binary Person
CNL: Adorable 4 year old holds her own Women's March with her dolls
BBC: Hidden Figures: How Nasa hired its first black women 'computers'
via Tumblr (and EXCELLENT): A brilliant explanation of actual feminism, rather than what most people think it is! :)
Michael Moore: Do These 10 Things, And Trump Will Be Toast
For this, they were arrested, put on trial as "enemies of the people", called every vile name in the repertoire by the authorities, and eventually beheaded. Today. All those years ago. I just was at the university where they were leaving their handtyped, hastily printed leaflets when they were captured. I know many of the words on those leaflets by heart. They still make me cry. Now more than ever.
What I read
I finished Truth is not sober, and while a lot of these stories were clearly responding to particular issues of the time, at which some worked better than others as actual stories for the ages, there was something very delightful indeed about coming across a trove of Holtby's fiction that I hadn't already read.
JA Jance, Judgement Call (2012) - clearly I've been falling behind on the Joanna Brady mysteries, because I discovered 2 I hadn't read available in ebook and one crossover with another of her series characters that I don't much care for. I'd forgotten how good they are, or maybe this was a particularly strong one.
Ellen Klages, Passing Strange (2017) - ok, it is a novella, but I thought this was a little on the slight side, might be just me.
On the go
Still trucking on with the massive Inchbald biography, which is perhaps a little close focus, but does do a good job of embedding her in her wider theatrical milieu.
In spite of Kobo's claim that I had cancelled my pre-order (on the very morning it was due to be available WOT) I have acquired KJ Charles, An Unseen Attraction and am about partway through. Just possibly the author is being a tad presentist in the characters' expressed distaste for the excesses of Victorian taxidermy - kittens stuffed and doing the sorts of things they do in Louis Wain paintings, etc?
Well, there's another JA Jance sitting on my ereader, plus the various Flashmans I inherited, and I'm tempted to see to what extent John Masters' Far, Far the Mountain Peak (1957), which was probably my personal favourite of his Savage family sequence, holds up.
Otoh I do have fond memories of a lot of things about The Good Wife, and thus I tuned in for the new spin-off, The Good Fight, centred around Diane Lockhart, the first two episodes of which are now available for watching.
( And the verdict is... )
Bustle discusses "What 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer' Would Look Like If It Were Written By 4 Famous Authors".
Popularium talks "Vampire Slaying For The Soul". "Buffy was more than a character. She was a mentor and a friend. When I felt lonely and scared, she showed me that it was okay. Pouring hours into the show didn’t make me weak. She taught me that failure won’t trigger the end of the world. When the Hellmouth opens and demons pour out, you dust yourself off and get right back in the fray".
Title: Junk Code
Author: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Person of Interest, season 3-ish
Characters/Pairing: Samantha Groves/Hanna Frey, Root/Shaw
Word count: ~800
Notes: Written for clockwork_hart1's femfeb ficathon and lynzie914's prompt.
Summary: Once upon a time, there was a happy little girl…then she grew up and turned into a monster.
"That's not a bug. It's an undocumented feature."
- Microsoft Tech Support joke
( One of the things I left out of my file. I kind of enjoy this sort of thing. )
Intriguing article in Sunday's Observer which tries to get beyond the knee-jerk shock horror that there has been a demand at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London) for the philosophy course to be a bit less dead and white - Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers? - even if 'male' still seems to be the default, except for passing mentions of Hannah Arendt, one of which alludes to her as one of several influenced by Heidegger.
And I am all for being less Eurocentric, or at least considering the ways in which its being the occupation of dead white elite males affected the development of philosophy as it is taught in Institutionz of Highah Learninz, and what counts as 'philosophy' -
But I think there are questions there are who does it and what counts as part of the tradition and the canon -
- matters that I have given some thought to in other realms of endeavour, and, of course, bearing in mind the Russ cases as shown forth in How to Suppress Women's Writing of how, if a woman does achieve something, it Doesn't Really Count and it is off in its own separate (and inferior) category.
And thinking of the tendency to the construction of patriarchal genealogies of [intellectual/cultural fields] leaving out those women who were there when it was new and uninstitutionalised (Patricia Fara also pointed out the importance of non-elite male artisans and craftsmen to the Great Men of Science Making Big Important Discoveries: which is not even massively Back Then, see 'Norman Heatley was done out of the Nobel' because he was the lab assistant).
At the weekend we went to the Tate Modern - where we were underwhelmed by the current Turbine Hall thing.
However - WHY was I not told? I have not seen them there before and didn't even know that they had them - there is a Louise Nevelson room.
When I first saw that there was some Nevelson material in the Materials and Objects section I thought, well, maybe some smaller piece or two or three?
Two LARGE molto-tipico Nevelsons, one in black and one in gold.
I think I may go back just to hang out in there for a bit.
(And we may note that 'one of the most important figures in 20th-century American sculpture' was an immigrant...)