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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
freelance alchemist
9th-Aug-2010 07:39 am
Happy birthday to asim and tsarinanic!

*Something* has been minorly glutening me for days and I don't know what and it is a bit crazymaking.

I'm looking for a ride to ariesd's memorial service on Sunday. I'm in Watertown, but can easily get to a pickup point anywhere on the Red Line.

Bostonians Redux!
sindrian will be in town September through November, and is looking for a room to rent in a geek house, preferably in the Cambridge/Somerville area. Contact him here!

Oh Hey Bostonians! Also!
Anyone interested in blackberry picking?

I Have My Elayna Back!
She's awesome! More on that later. I'm short on time.

Link Soup
* More rape culture in genre fiction.
* TOC for Mythic Delirium. I'm closing out #24, it seems.

Daily Science
Researchers for the first time have induced robust regeneration of nerve connections that control voluntary movement after spinal cord injury, showing the potential for new therapeutic approaches to paralysis and other motor function impairments.

Work, home to wrap up Blogathon e-mails and do a few writery things I've been putting off, bouncing right back to work because I have to set up for tonight's peer supervision meeting. Free and on the Red Line after 8 if I'm needed.
9th-Aug-2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
I'm reading Passion Play right now. As that link mentions, there is a graphic and painful section which deals with rape. Bernobich also doesn't minimize or gloss over the consequences of the acts. There's no victim-blaming (there's guilt/shame, but no authorial victim-blaming, if that makes sense?), there's no minimizing, there is (so far) none of the crap that usually pisses me off about genre authors writing so badly about rape.

The trigger warning is important, and I can certainly understand why someone would choose not to read the book. It was hard for me to keep reading.

I'm planning to do a longer discussion of this one with Sherwood Smith, after I finish reading. Should be an interesting conversation!
9th-Aug-2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
Regarding this - it does concern me, dismissing the entire book because of things that happen up front and might be resolved/developed as it progresses. And yet, I might very well not invest time in such a book because I am so very sick of rape and sexual abuse as a theme, event, trope, what you will, sick of putting myself through it, even when it's well handled (however one handles such a horrific thing well). I didn't enjoy reading The Wind-Up Girl, although it's well-written and original and all that, because the sexual abuse of the titular character really got in the way. I think it was a realistic treatment of the way people treat someone they consider less than human. And yet I couldn't get past the feeling of not wanting more of this, of being sick of the dish.
9th-Aug-2010 01:56 pm (UTC)
i can ask my ride if they can also take you.
9th-Aug-2010 03:31 pm (UTC) - Berry picking can be fun
The boys are generally into it, too.
9th-Aug-2010 03:31 pm (UTC) - Re: Berry picking can be fun
Let me know when might work for you guys!
9th-Aug-2010 05:06 pm (UTC) - Re: Berry picking can be fun
Saturday afternoons tend to be best for us. IM me for real-time planning.
9th-Aug-2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the MD sale!
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