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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-09-13 06:52
Subject: [links] Link salad for a Sunday at home
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Tags:clockpunk, cool, funny, links, personal, politics, process, publishing, religion, reviews, science, tech, train
Genreville on the New York Times' condescending review of Lev Grossman's new bookjeffvandermeer with a similar, albeit lateral, take. And rosefox follows up with more funny review snark. Ah, to be a critic.

Where I Write — Sf/f authors in their creative spaces. (Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

Steampunk FAQ — Cherie Priest tells all. In case you were wondering.

Daily Kos on copyright — An interesting read if you're a content creator or a content consumer, either one. Ahem.

Non Sequitur on authors and rejection — Hahahahaha.

Get Fuzzy on the infinite monkey theory of authorship — Hahahah.

Wuppertal Schwebebahn — Anent yesterday's comment of mine, (As if there were early, successful monorails?), nojay sent this link to a 1901 monorail system still in operation in Wuppertal, Germany. Commenter Cora also sent the official Schwebebahn Web site.

Telegraphs Ran on Electric Air in Crazy 1859 Magnetic Storm — Crazy cool. (Thanks to danjite.)

Saving gods by making them even emptier of meaning — PZ Myers on the epistemologicization of religion. Fascinating, I should think even if you disagree thoroughly.

FreedomWorks Misquotes ABC News on Tea Bagger Turnout — Gollee. Conservatives, fudging numbers. No one could possibly imagine such a thing.

Wonkette with a particularly attractive 9-12 sign — Stay classy, conservative America. More seriously, I looked through the 9-12 Flickr set. A lot of the people were protesting Obama's debt. Which is pretty amazing, considering he inherited that entire debt from George W. Bush, whom these people presumably supported. Ah, the conservative mind works in mysterious ways.

Daily Kos on the murder of antiabortion activist James PouillonHe was killed for holding a sign of protest, the chilling implication is clear: wave the 'wrong' sign or say the 'wrong' thing, and you might be next. That's terrorism, pure and simple, and this man's grieving family and friends are every bit as deserving of our nation's sympathy and condolences as the victims of Oklahoma City or the 911 attacks. What they said. In spades. Vehement disagreement is never a call for violence.

?otD: Is the man up in the tower enjoying the show?

Body movement: 15 minutes of stretching and meditation, 90 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 5.5
This morning's weigh-in: 229.2
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham

Originally published at jlake.com.

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User: bemused_leftist
Date: 2009-09-13 17:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
On the Pouillon murder, the killer shot one or two other people on the same occasion for other motives. It seems more like random craziness than anything the left should be tearing their garments about. Certainly not like the very deliberate and issue-focused assassination of Dr. Tiller for performing late term abortions (for medical reasons).
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scarlettina: Good God
User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-09-13 17:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Good God
Re: The New York Times, condescension, and Lev Grossman:

1) While I understand why people are upset with a reviewer who's condescending toward fantasy, the truth is that not every reviewer is going to respond favorably to a book or a genre. That's the business and I just can't get upset about it. What I want to know is this: Why are people still upset by the reaffirmation of the genre's ghetto status by mainstream reviewers? Why? It's old news. It happens every couple of years in some mainstream outlet. "You're not serious! You're kid-lit! Grow up!" And the cries of outrage and indignation spring anew. We know what we are, what the genre is and can be: George R. R. Martin, Ursula K. LeGuin, George Orwell and so many more. This is like crying because the schoolyard bully hit us again. There's only one solution to this ongoing issue: Write the books you want to write for the readers who will read them and someone will get a clue. This has been going on for so long that I can't even get upset over it anymore. It irritates me, sure, but there's a point beyond which I (and many of us) have no control over it. Ignore the bully. The only people interested in what he has to say are those who think like him. Those with interest, brains, and curiosity will see him for what he is.

2) I've read Lev Grossman's work. I read "Codex," a mainstream novel about which I was hugely excited...until I read it and expressed my disappointment and irritation. It's entirely possible that he doesn't achieve suspension of disbelief in "The Magicians." He certainly didn't manage it in "Codex." If the book itself deserves a lousy review, it should get a lousy review. I thought "Codex" should have been reviewed poorly, but its cover is plastered with praise--from writers, who were probably sucking up to Grossman-the-reviewer completely taken with the work. I myself? Not so much.
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