In which we discuss,
Along with, among other things...
Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Such works explore not only the foundations of the institutions of power but how freedom can be lost and why it is given away. Butler didn’t merely empathize with the alienated, dominated, and oppressed. She inverted readers’ expectations, forcing them to examine their own assumptions and instincts, to perceive how they might identify with and even become the alienator, dominator, and oppressor. In Kindred (1979), for example, a time traveler can protect her own existence in the 20th century only by encouraging a slave woman’s bondage and rape in the past. When the protagonist asks, “See how easily slaves are made?,” the reader, with a new appreciation and terrible understanding of the dynamics of brute force and the survival instinct, cannot help but answer in the affirmative.
Some of Hemingway’s Thoughts on Stuff
As a writer you should not judge. You should understand. (via)
A few things I have found to be true. If you leave out important things or events that you know about, the story is strengthened. If you leave or skip something because you do not know it, the story will be worthless. The test of any story is how very good the stuff that you, not your editors, omit. (via)
If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. (via)
The Politics of Sex and other such
John Green on adulthood and searching for what to do with your life