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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Friday 
26th-Mar-2010 07:29 am
Hearth
Medical
Yep. Still exhausted.

Walk for Change!
The Walk for Change is coming up! I really, really want you to sponsor me. Really really. Matter of fact, for every hundred dollars I get from now til the walk, some bonus never-seen-before short fiction goes up here. Next mark is $400. Only $70 away. Want to read some poetry or fiction? Please sponsor! And tell all your friends!

Oh look! Amanda Palmer is Flashing her Sociopathy Again!
Apparently, Lady Gaga is a sellout and "ironic product placement is only ok if you take no money & beyond that give all the income to something ironic. like the Klan.".

Yes, those are Palmer's words.

sparkymonster is here to remind all y'all, with visual aides, about the Klan.

And gee, Amanda - could this maybe be because someone is out there actually doing transgressive and thought-provoking performance art and getting lauded for it? With, say, a hundred times the success you will ever have, because she has a hundred times the talent? (If you doubt that, look up Gaga's performance on Saturday Night Live, where she puts aside the bubble dresses and gyroscopes and sits down at the piano and plays and sings. Undeniable talent.) Your pathetic attention-whoring doesn't make you endearing; it makes you Howard Stern in striped stockings.

Link Soup
* Another great Thomas MacCaulay Miller post, about David Lisak's research. I am a huge Lisak fangirl. I am just saying.
* The second half of "Sanji's Demon" by ogre_san is up!
* Name Murnkay's book!
* Rape culture in YA fiction.
* I'm with haddayr.

Daily Science
Why hot water can freeze faster than cold.

Friday Memeage
Wearing: Black cowlneck, jeans, elisem necklace, kythryne earrings.
Reading: For my sins, Amazon Breakthrough Novel manuscripts.
Writing: Nothing right now, but Elayna's out of the house on Sunday, so maybe I'll get some time? I hope? I've been going straight from work to sleep all week. :(
Knitting: Still Mom's scarf; I've been slacking on that. The Land of Oz shawl has been set aside for now because it takes conscious thought.
Planning:
Today: Work, nap, meeting antsswarm for dinner and burlesque!
Tomorrow: House stuff, then a party.
Sunday: I have zero plans yaaaaaay. Somewhere in there I'd like to find time to hang out with swashbucklr, who's in town for PAX. But I need to prioritize rest, too.

You?
Comments 
26th-Mar-2010 11:55 am (UTC)
I never thought I'd defend a heavily marketed pop icon against an indie songstress engaged to Neil Gaiman. But yeah. Gaga will not be denied. Palmer at this point is just writing The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs to see how gross she can be.
26th-Mar-2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
I never thought I'd defend a heavily marketed pop icon against an indie songstress engaged to Neil Gaiman.

I know, right? I am baffling myself here. But it is so.
27th-Mar-2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Or, as I just saw on the LiveJournal: "First one to make the "Oh, Amanda Palmer, no" shirt gets a prize."
26th-Mar-2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
I still have something of a problem with Lady Gaga purely because of "Let's Dance", which I like to call "the Date Rape Song". But she is a talented performer, and WHAT THE FUCK AMANDA WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN.
26th-Mar-2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's what I call it, too. But if you look at her lyrics and videos... Just Dance is totally a date rape song. Paparazzi is a stalker song, with lots of video commentary on violence against women; Bad Romance's video addresses lots of those issues, too. She's actually forming a consistent statement *against* those things while preserving her own sexual power.

And I'm not even a fan of her music! But she's doing some really interesting things with regard to rape culture in some subtle (and not-so-subtle) ways.
26th-Mar-2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
"Just Dance", right, that's the title I meant. >_<

Hm. I must say "Just Dance" creeped me out so much I really haven't looked at her other work, though I have been hearing good things about her most recent video. Guess I'll have to take a closer look!
26th-Mar-2010 12:10 pm (UTC)
O_o @Palmer.

Oh good grief.
26th-Mar-2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
And gee, Amanda - could this maybe be because someone is out there actually doing transgressive and thought-provoking performance art and getting lauded for it? With, say, a hundred times the success you will ever have, because she has a hundred times the talent? (If you doubt that, look up Gaga's performance on Saturday Night Live, where she puts aside the bubble dresses and gyroscopes and sits down at the piano and plays and sings. Undeniable talent.) Your pathetic attention-whoring doesn't make you endearing; it makes you Howard Stern in striped stockings.

Oh-fucking-meyn.
26th-Mar-2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
As I said yesterday, this plays right into Dice Clay's Palmer's hands. As long as people are talking about her -- no matter what they're saying -- her needs are met.
27th-Mar-2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
Nah; Manson's shock value may have declined, but people at least recognized him. Outside of a few circles, no one knows who the hell AP is (which is partially why she's escalating her attempts to shock people).
26th-Mar-2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
You know, during her ableism fail I had some slight hope that she might still be teachable, but her Tweet in response to popular outrage over this KKK remark just cemented for me that she's a willfully clueless asshole.
26th-Mar-2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
What a shame that Palmer has become such a shitstain. She had such promise...

Consider yourself sponsored. I can't attend that day, but I CAN give you a few dollars (the ones I WON'T be spending on Amanda ever again).
26th-Mar-2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
Yay, thank you!
26th-Mar-2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
But when are we meeting? Whhhheeeennnnnn? :D

-- from the floor of the Hynes
26th-Mar-2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
re: the "rape culture in YA fiction" link --

EW! and yeah, it rings a bell or two. luckily, my parents (as crazy as they were) managed to inoculate me against this madness. i was encouraged to speak my mind, and my father taught me how to hit someone for realz (and allowed my 8-yr-old self to hit his hand repeatedly so i could practice). no way would they have "encouraged" me to find a boy, any boy rather than become a spinster.

so yeah, while my childhood was awfully messed up, I missed this particular bullet. *shudder* i can't imagine encouraging those attitudes. maybe i should start writing YA fiction to counteract this shite.
26th-Mar-2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
You get to meet antsswarm? Envy! Tell her I said hi!
26th-Mar-2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the link to bookshop's post. It was a real eye-opener about the book (I was considering reading it). Also, regarding Amanda Palmer... :-( I tried to like her music just because she was dating Neil Gaiman, but I didn't like it enough to keep listening to her. I agree that sometimes she does seem to go for shock value a lot.
29th-Mar-2010 12:32 am (UTC)
I only really loved the work from The Dresden Dolls and even then, I only really love A is for Accident and The Dresden Dolls. Then the two Virginia albums have a style shift hard enough to not sound like the offspring of punk and cabaret and don't sound rough enough of a style for me to really enjoy.
26th-Mar-2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
it makes you Howard Stern in striped stockings.

Oooo, I could really have gotten through life WITHOUT that image....
27th-Mar-2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Amanda Palmer has really put her foot in it this time - she's now gone far enough that I'm no longer able to separate AP-the-person from AP-the-artist and I'm no longer willing to listen to her music. (Joining people like Roman Polanski and Orson Scott Card on my bad list.) In the past I had used her song "Oasis" as a ringtone on my phone (later to be replaced with the theme from ST:TNG); I tried deleting the tone from my phone, but discovered that I don't know how to do that.

haddayr has some interesting things to say, as per usual.

After work today I fixed quesadillas for dinner, drove my eldest child to a bowling date with friends, then came home and ate Girl Scout cookies while reading my flist. Not what you'd call an exciting date, but very satisfying nonetheless.
27th-Mar-2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Yes, please!
27th-Mar-2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
I used to be fairly dismissive of Lady Gaga until I heard this cover:



She messes up the words pretty significantly, but I was surprised at both her facility with the piano and her vocal range.
28th-Mar-2010 02:04 am (UTC)
I'd like to thank you for the "Rape culture in YA fiction" link. It was a disturbing but fascinating read (and linked me to a lot of other great discussions about the genre).
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