As is often the case, I've accumulated a number of New Inquiry links throughout the week.
Socializing the Dark Web | Robert W. Gehl
Weird Corporate Twitter | Kate Losse
Open Channels (on fanfiction) | Megan Milks
Against Students | Sara Ahmed
Watching Women Want | Autumn Whitefield-Madrano
Can U Tell Me? Short Stories as Pop Songs | Tim Wirkus | The Millions
Start-up Costs: ‘Silicon Valley,’ ‘Halt and Catch Fire,’ and How Microserfdom Ate the World | Alex Pappademas | Grantland. More on this idea of the Great [American] Internet Novel, specifically Coupland's Microserfs.
So We’re All Still Talking About Rihanna’s Bitch Better Have My Money? | Sunny Singh | Media Diversified. Most of the pieces I've read on this, from both sides of the argument, have been terrible, but this is actually interesting and made me consider some of the tropes and imagery in the video from different angles.
Ask Polly: Why Doesn’t Anything Feel Fun? | The Cut. Life advice that feels very pertinent right now.
Nell Zink's Plan for World Domination | Jennifer Schaffer | Vice
Two Lives: On Hanya Yanagihara and Atticus Lish | Lydia Kiesling | The Millions
Quote Unquote | Jesse Browner | The Paris Review
Summer Pictures | Durga Chew-Bose | The Hairpin
Hyperfriendship and Beyond: Friends and Social Norms on LiveJournal. Yes, an academic paper on LJ friendship. I like the subheadings: 'Friendship as Content. Friendship as Courtesy. Friendship as NOTHING.' (Found via The New Inquiry's Sunday Reading.)
Printing images onto coffee... okay
Book reviews, lists and things from elsewhere:
- Summer Fiction Preview from Read Her Like an Open Book
- Paperbacks to Look Out For in July 2015 from A Life in Books
- June in Review from Me and My Big Mouth
- My review of three chapbooks from Nightjar Press and reading round-up for June
- Lonesome Reader reviews of The Ecliptic by Benjamin Wood (top of my wishlist right now) and The Quality of Silence by Rosamund Lupton
- The Mookse and the Gripes reviews of Maps for Lost Lovers by Nadeem Aslam and Voices in the Night by Steven Millhauser
- A Life in Books reviews of A Fortunate Age by Joanna Rakoff and Motherland by Jo McMillan
- David's Book World reviews of The Best British Fantasy 2014 and Year’s Best Weird Fiction: Volume One
- Read Her Like an Open Book review of Life Drawing by Robin Black
- Bookmunch review of Waiting for the Bullet by Madeleine D’Arcy