To get this out of the way from the get-go, Elisa Albert’s After Birth is going to offend a lot of sensitive people, some for the following reasons:
Some mothers won’t like the fact that the novel takes place in the depths of post-partum depression and will claim that they got through birth just fine, thanks, so why whine about it? Meanwhile, of course, completely missing the point. They will give it one-star reviews on GoodReads that misspell the narrator’s three-letter name. Keep reading »
Classy as always, 4chan used its collective powers to drive a book vlogger off of YouTube with comments on her channel that were in turns condescending, mansplaining, and vulgar. She had nothing to do with the forum’s /lit/ board; her channel’s link was posted there for a discussion about book vloggers, and, of course, the 4channers decided that the appropriate course of action was to speculate about her virginity and harass her over her looks, persona, and content.
What’s next for 4chan in their quest to sexually harass women who are doing things that in no way affect those 4channers? My guesses are that they’ll start harassing… Keep reading »
Ever wondered what corner of Ted “Dr. Seuss” Geisel’s brain Green Eggs and Ham came from? As it turns out, it came from the part that takes dares. The iconic book was conceived after a dare to write a book containing 50 words or less (it comes in at 50 exactly).
In this video, the chief curator of the Mandeville Special Collections Library at UC San Diego, Lynda Claassen, walks through Geisel’s writing and illustration process, using his working notes and illustrations for Green Eggs and Ham. Check it out! [h/t BOOOOOOOM!]
I already knew, without acknowledging it, exactly, that Kurt Vonnegut and women were an awkward mix at best. Kurt Vonnegut didn’t write women well — he wrote women who weren’t fully people, exactly, but more a physical manifestation of the mystery women seemed to him to be. It’s not to say that he didn’t get along well with women in real life. There was just a lot missing in his characters. Mona Aamons Monzano from Cat’s Cradle, for instance, is practically a demi-god, more an embodiment of the narrator John’s checklist of things to desire in a woman than a real woman. Vonnegut was acute enough to be self-conscious of that, and write it into the narration, albeit uncritically. Mona gives of herself, of her body, as a matter of course, and doesn’t act in anything even approaching a self-concerned way until the very end. I loved her for talking back and standing for her principles in an impossible situation. I’m not sure if that’s something Vonnegut wrote or something I gleaned out of Vonnegut’s writing. Keep reading »
Despite the fact that I love video games, I don’t really keep up with news about them — I just kind of hear about games, play them, and if I like them, keep playing them. So I didn’t know about the preview of the upcoming Zelda game that aired on the Game Awards on the 5th of this month until yesterday. Forgive me, Frisky readers, but I need to nerd out about this for a second. When my boyfriend showed me the preview, I was sitting on the couch with my jaw on the floor grinning like an idiot for four minutes while we watched the clip, and then afterward I launched into a short lecture on player demand for realism in the Zelda games and the compromises Nintendo is making to have a realistic-feeling game without sacrificing the fantasy-inspired design the series has always embraced. Keep reading »