James Rocchi has an interesting post up about internet comments. Really, its more of a rant. While I understand the points he makes, I'm not sure I agree with him. Allowing folks to comment anonymously also enables those who wouldn't normally comment to feel safe to speak up. There is a discussion over at Dear Author on rape and rape fantasies that was fascinating to read but without anonymity, it probably wouldn't have happened. So, yes. Anonymity gives folks the freedom to be rude douchebags but it also gives them the opportunity to speak up about things they normally wouldn't feel comfortable saying. Rocchi's experience seems to be with the former; mine is with the latter. I guess we hang out at different types of web places.
I remember reading a Robin Schone short story once in which I learned that in Victorian times strawberry ices got their color and flavor from crushed up beetles. My gut reaction (ha!) was eww but when I thought about it, I wondered if I was being too prissy about it. After all, I love lobster which is essentially a giant sea cockroach so what's the big deal? Check out this short bit on Victorian Street Street Food Vendors.
This week's kerfluffle was brought to you by Ginia Bellafante over at the New York Times. She managed to offend just about everyone with her review of HBO's Game of Thrones. Over at the Orbit website, Daniel Abraham reviews the reviewers.
But my fear is that, while I’m sure they’re open to brilliant wit and insight, for the most part they’re trying to maintain high-status brands, and in this case with tools inadequate to the job.
As Neil Gaiman wrote, George R. R. Martin is not your bitch but... I can't help but sympathize with his fans. Six years is a long time to wait for the next installment in a series, especially when the last one ended in a cliffhanger. I don't see these fans as being "entitled", they are just... well, fans. Fans get a little fanatical about the books they love. Have some of them taken it a little too far? Yes. But apparently fans, like nature, abhor a vacuum and have found ways to fill the time while waiting for the next book in the series. Click here for the New Yorker piece on the cantankerous relationship between Martin and his fans.
On Pathos over at TalkToYoUniverse. I like stories that hook me in emotionally but there is a fine line between writing that pulls a reader along a specific emotive line and writing that manipulates the reader into feeling a specific way. If I feel that I have been manipulated, I just get pissed.
Hey, neat. Author Opens Monobookstore. It’s here in NYC so I’ll have to try and get down there to check it out.
10 Greatest LibertarianScience Fiction Stories according to i09.
A bookstore in Lithuania commissions some Creative Bookstore Ads.
Awesome! Roald Dahl Stories To Appear On Your Cereal Boxes! I love Roald Dahl. One of the best children's author evah! ...Too bad it's in the UK.