This week seemed to be dominated by pieces about books/writing/reading and gender. And then lots of discussion and taking apart of said pieces, naturally.
- The one that everyone's been talking about: On Pandering, Claire Vaye Watkins, Tin House. Also, some responses at Slate and Flavorwire and from Marlon James on Facebook.
- If you enjoyed a good book and you're a woman, the critics think you're wrong, Jennifer Weiner, The Guardian. This was roundly trashed on Twitter (my corner of Twitter, at least), but I do think there is something in it, I just don't believe the process Weiner calls 'Goldfinching' is gendered - I think it's do with popularity. (I also think it happens like things with styles of reviewing and reasons for liking/disliking books, not just the books themselves.)
- What Women Can Learn From Reading Sexist Male Writers, Sigal Samuel, Electric Literature. Okay, I liked this one.
Parkleys, Richmond Upon Thames, by Eric Lyons, via The Modern House
- Catharsis Is a Superhero, Stacey May Fowles, The Walrus. This is a really good piece on Jessica Jones that echoes a lot of my own thoughts about the show.
- Inside the Sony Hack, Amanda Hess, Slate
- The Secret Euphoria of Reading: On Cento lettere a uno sconosciuto by Roberto Calasso, Daniela Cascella, 3:AM Magazine
- A Very Special Episode: Ally McBeal, “It’s My Party”, Noel Murray, The A.V. Club (this is so old - from 2011! - but it's great, on both Ally McBeal itself and the idea of TV show as cultural phenomenon)
- Roundtable: Dance Movies!, cléo
- Soma, Spice and Substance D: A History of Drugs in Science Fiction, Brian Merchant, Motherboard
- The Mystery of the Creepiest Television Hack, Chris Knittel, Motherboard
- The Black Years: how Nazi art came back to Berlin, Rob Sharp, The Guardian
- Mask interview with Sarah Nicole Prickett
- Cory Kennedy On Life After MySpace, Oyster
- The Singles Jukebox on Missy Elliott's 'WTF (Where They From)'
- Five Parties, a short story by Ned Beauman, Granta
Thelma & Louise moodboard via Spell & the Gypsy Collective's blog
Meanwhile, the 'best of 2015' lists are already beginning to appear...
- The Guardian's best books of 2015, part one and part two
- The 50 Best Independent Press Books of 2015, Flavorwire
- The Independent has various 'Christmas 2015' lists by genre, including debut fiction, translated fiction, short stories, graphic novels
- Best 100 books for Christmas, The Telegraph
- 100 Notable Books of 2015, The New York Times
- The Consumerist Canon: A Black Friday Reading List, Literary Hub
- Books to Look Out For in December 2015, A Life in Books
- A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, @Number 71
- The Folly by Ivan Vladislavić, David's Book World
- A Kind of Compass: Stories on Distance, A Life in Books
- My posts from this week: reviews of Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum and Congregation of Innocents: Five Curious Tales.
By Kaity Barrett on Flickr