My Name Is Roger Murdock: A Links Round-Up

Another Friday, another links round-up. This week I had some super good chili and spoke with a sternness to my elected senator at a town hall. What’s your week been like? Regardless I have brought you this links round-up for your enjoyment, and I hope that your weekend is full of sunshine and baby kisses.

There is an excellent kicker to this New York Times story about Neil Gaiman and his new book.

Why yes I WOULD care for a Frankenstein story by Victor Lavalle that also pulls in the Black Lives Matter movement. THANK YOU FOR ASKING.

Angelica Jade Bastien on Legion (mm, yes, this is the review I was waiting for).

Even when the world is garbage, I still enjoy a celebrity Twitter feud. Have you been following the one between Piers Morgan and JK Rowling? It’s gold, and Piers Morgan’s son weighing in is the best thing about it.

Bookstores fight hate.

Manjula Martin on never becoming famous for your writing.

You have to know about this territory called Neutral Moresnet that Belgium and Prussia owned jointly for a century. Zinc and Esperanto are involved.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has some feelings about La La Land and white dudes in jazz. Can I just say that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s encore career as a cultural critic is one of my favorite things in this life? Have I said that before? IT REMAINS TRUE.

The critical discourse around Jordan Peele’s new horror film Get Out has been ON POINT. Here’s Jordan Crucchiola at Vulture on how it makes “good” white ladies terrifying. Here’s Frederick McKindra, a Buzzfeed News Emerging Writer Fellow (yay for new critics!), on how the movie allows black men to be scared rather than scary. If you’ve seen this movie please get at me in the comments so I can ask you questions about how torturey it gets.

Stay brave!

  • I’m reading my first book by Kareem right now and absolutely loving it.

  • Nishita

    I’ve just been loving Rowling on Twitter – so fearless! I liked her before for her books, but I love her now for how she sticks to what she believes in.

  • Jeanne

    I wrote about the Neil Gaiman stories this week. The most exciting thing in that article is that someone is making a movie out of one of my favorite stories, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”!!! And that is a great line for his grave marker, even though it makes me a bit uneasy.

  • I love, love, love how Jo is not afraid to voice her opinions. It would be so easy for her to stay silent due to concern about upsetting her fan base. Yet, she is doing the exact opposite. We all should be so brave when it comes to speaking out against things that violate our value system.

  • Alley

    I hadn’t heard about Piers Morgan’s son getting in on that feud and everything is wonderful and amazing. So I mean, if Morgan is Wormtail, then does that sort of make his kid Sirius?

    ALSO that KAJ piece is oh so good and I have not read this stuff before and realize how I have been missing out. I will need to rectify that

  • Stefanie@SoManyBooks

    Great links as always!

  • Akilah

    KAJ is a national treasure. Also, Destroyer sounds AMAZING. Can’t wait until the volumes are collected.

  • helen (a gallimaufry)

    Jenny, I love your round-ups and am honoured beyond words that a post of mine has been included on it. 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading your other links.

    Good for you for speaking sternly to your representative! Keep fighting.

    By the way, have you read that brilliant piece by Laurie Penny on Milo and the alt-right? It’s here and worth your time: https://psmag.com/on-the-milo-bus-with-the-lost-boys-of-americas-new-right-629a77e87986#.sxe1nqan9

  • What could be a more logical place to fight hate than a book store? Love it!

  • I’m late to this party but I’d love to know what stern things you said to your senator!