Critical Linking: July 19, 2012

despite sci-fi/fantasy fandom’s tendency to see ourselves as Smarter Better People, we absorb the narratives of the culture that surrounds us, and suffer from the same blindness to our own privileges, to recognising that our “innate and inalterable” ways of thinking are formed by a process of acculturation. 

And this is why I’m a trekkie. The Trek universe is a lot further along on the “Smarter Better People” spectrum than most.


An adult-fiction publisher is planning to take literary classics like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice and Sherlock Holmes, and sexy them up for new audiences. Call it the Fifty Shades of Grey effect.

I don’t know where to begin. This is a very bad idea.


All I could think was, really? Library science is really worse than English? And how come theatre didn’t even make it on the list?

I have an MA in English. There seem to be  a lot more jobs for librarians out there than there are for people like me.


“I’m imagining a hypercritical audience of roughly 50 million people going, ‘That’s not Sandman!’”

He imagines that, yet he’s still going to tell the story. That takes guts.


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