Links round-up: The usual suspects

Lindy West recently departed Jezebel for GQ, a move about which I said, “Huh.” But it all seems to be gold so far; here she is on the “BASICALLY SEX CHRISTMAS” represented by the new standards for consent in California colleges.

JK Rowling, presumably missing the days when she got to fuck with us regularly, took some time out of her busy schedule to fuck with us last week with the following confusing tweet:

I let the internet get on with its regularly scheduled dithering, and waited for the result. The internet unscrambled it in the end: “Newt only meant to stay in New York for a few hours.” Thanks, internet. I knew I could depend on you.

Roxane Gay talks about the price of black ambition.

Everyone always wails and screams about children’s and YA fiction being too dark already, so I don’t know what would be so different about publishing more nonfiction for children and young adults. This NY Times article is kind of dismissive of nonfiction for younger readers, but I think it’s a huge gap and we need to fill it.

Speaking of YA, The New Statesman‘s Elizabeth Minkel argues that the anti-YA crowd often tends to lean in the direction of viewing reading as a solitary activity, whereas the YA fans tend to think of it as a group thing. Interesting theory!

Neil Gaiman talks about how to become a writer, and emphasizes the importance of having lady writers on Doctor Who. And he also thinks that “fake geek” trope is bullshit.

In other representation news, apparently Jill Soloway and Jenji Kohan had a fascinating discussion about diversity in writers’ rooms at the New Yorker Festival, and I am dying to see a video or read a transcript. If anyone has seen such a thing, please link me! So far it’s been cast in clickbaity clash terms, and it may have been very clashy. But I would like to see the full thing.

Let’s give some love to Cuba for their team of doctors helping with the Ebola outbreak. Way to go, Cuba!

I wanted this to be an article making fun of Anne Rice, because I am an uncharitable person and I find Anne Rice deeply annoying. Instead, it’s like really positive on her. Whatever.

Women in Clothes is an amazing website (and I’m sure the book is also super amazing!) where you can see what dozens and dozens of women have to say about clothes, what their clothes say about them, and what they see when they look at other women’s clothes. You can also take the survey yourself!

  • aliceburton

    “5. Your partner makes erotic moaning noises such as “Ooh,” “Aah,” or “Huzzah.””

    I <3 Lindy West.

    • Gin Jenny

      Ahahaha, me too!

  • Thank you, Neil Gaiman. “But they are still real, and (and this is the important bit) everybody starts somewhere.”

    • Gin Jenny


  • Jenny

    You know how you sometimes have very specific cravings for certain foods? I got up this morning, thinking I wanted a new book by Neil Gaiman. Not sure I can be satisfied by, say, the Fried Chicken of Jo Walton.

    • Gin Jenny

      Aww. Have you read absolutely all of his books?

      • Jenny

        It turns out I haven’t read InterWorld or Odd and the Frost Giants. And there are probably some comics he’s been involved with that I also haven’t read but haven’t the energy to track down. But two! books! So thank you for asking that; dumb as it is, I wouldn’t have thought.

  • I looked at the Women in Clothes survey and realized with horror that I have zero answers to those questions. Sometimes I feel like an alien who is trying to fake being an American woman.

    • Gin Jenny

      Hahahahaha, I feel that way sometimes too. I had answers to some of them, like there are definitely things I admire about the way other women present themselves. Especially relating to accessories. I am incapable of accessorizing.

  • Thanks for some entertaining reading links. You made my saturday. And btw, why do you find Anne Rice annoying?

    • Gin Jenny

      Oh, she’s just always making Grand Pronouncements. She can’t ever just decide to do something different; she has to be all Grand Pronouncement about it. It bugs me.

  • Bookgazing

    If you want to hear about great non-fic for youngers I totally rec checking out Chasing Ray – she always finds the best stuff.

    • Gin Jenny

      Awesome, good to know! I’ll do that then!

  • Wonderful selection of links! I’m off to read the Gaiman one – oh how I adore the man.

    • Gin Jenny

      Aw, me too. Bless him.

  • I hadn’t thought about nonfiction for younger readers but you are quite right – it’s a huge gap in the market. Why isn’t it being filled instantly? The clothes site is very interesting – it reminds me I must read Justine Picardie’s collection of essays about her mother’s wedding dress and other iconic bits of clothing.

    • Gin Jenny

      I don’t know! I expect there are tons of kids who’d gobble up nonfiction at their reading level.

      • Jenny

        My kids read nonfiction all the time.

  • I did not find Anne Rice annoying for a long time, and then I was reading one of her novels, and I just realized that I was reading it for the sake of reading it and not because I was even remotely interested in it, and that was when I stopped reading Anne Rice.

    I enjoyed the “Sex Christmas” one. “yes means yes” has me very excited for my state. I hope it works, and other states follow suit, and it helps us begin to change our attitude toward rape, and victim blaming, and all of the other things that I have been educating myself on recently.

    • Gin Jenny

      Hahaha, honestly, I was never a big fan of Anne Rice’s books. She’s fine but I can do without her. She lost me when she started shit-talking reviewers on Amazon, and then she keeps annoying me in small ways like once every two years, so that my annoyance with her is always rather fresh.

      I really hope it works. It would be so marvelous to see that paradigm shift.

  • Oh Lindy West, you are awesome. I hadn’t heard she’d gone over there, so thanks for that sweet tip.

    • Gin Jenny

      Oh yeah, any time.