A collection of excellent poetry, reviewed over at Strange Horizons.
The sheer precision and emotive effectiveness of the poetry is a thing of wonder. I’m particularly fond, if one may use the word fond when speaking of a poem that caught the breath in my throat, of “Censorship,” a short poem—as so many poems here are short—that tangles Cato Elder and Carthage, war and history and memory:
Your voice repeating itself across a sea that was never ours
the one word I cannot rub away
as easily as a city’s dust between my palms,
my mouth sea-breeze bitter with knowing
none of the names of children we have burned.
That’s Genevieve Cogman’s THE MASKED CITY, Sonya Taaffe’s GHOST SIGNS, and Julia Knight’s WARLORDS AND WASTRELS.
An Artistic History of Death.
Sonya Taaffe discusses Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read the comments: they’re worth it.
Rush-That-Speaks discusses C.J. Cherryh’s Tracker and Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem. Comments also recommended.
Sonya Taaffe is running a Patreon for her discussion of films, among other things. One encourages supporting her.
Aliette de Bodard writes moving on “The stories I wanted to read:”
When someone who does look or sound familiar appears; when someone seems like they’re going to respect their ancestors and value their families–they’re the aliens. They’re the funny guys with odd customs colonists meet, the ones they try to commerce with or understand or (in the worst cases) subjugate. They’re the invaders that have to be fought back for the sake of civilisation.
And I think “what civilisation?”
Tansy Rayner Roberts writes about “All The Musketeer Ladies (2015).”
This xkcd might be my favourite.
Hi! I still have a Patreon! Only another $10 until I start producing long reviews JUST FOR YOU. (Well, for you as well.)
Asking to be paid for one’s work is weird. I mean, objectively, I think my labour is worth cash money. (I wish I didn’t have to think in money terms, but we’re not yet living in the post-scarcity socialist paradise.) But actually asking for money is odd. Runs up against all those old inculcated class prejudices about crass commerce and putting oneself forward.
(Alas! Love’s a lovely thing, but it doesn’t keep the lights on.)
Sonya Taaffe has a brilliant story in the most recent installment of Ideomancer, “ζῆ καὶ βασιλεύει.” Absolutely magnificent.
Arkady Martine has an excellent story in Strange Horizons, “City of Salt.”
Beth Bernobich is Kickstarting a novelette, Nocturnall.
Foz Meadows has an amazing essay on GIFsets and the changing face of criticism.
Speaking of Foz, she encouraged me into watching the first season of The 100, out of which – among other things – came this exchange. Which amused me.
The Washington Post has an article on an early medieval Viking female burial that included a ring with “For Allah” inscribed on it in Kufic script.
I binge-watched all four seasons of Legend of Korra and should probably stop looking at art of Korra and/or Asami like these prints at some point. (But not yet.)
I want to go to this production of the Bakkhai. It is unlikely I will be able to afford it, especially since it is in London. But NEW ANNE CARSON TRANSLATION.
My brain is slowly growing back into something akin to the ability to focus. I can read books this week. It is a welcome development.