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In a Quiet World - whetstone - Big Bang (Band) [Archive of Our Own]
Word quarantines, rebels, protests. Dystopian AU based on The Quiet World by Jeffrey McDaniel.

|| I liked this WAY more than I expected--I normally don't care for dystopias at all. But a dystopia arranged around words and the rationing thereof seems especially apt for people known for their lyrics and lyricism. These characters aren't G-Dragon and TOP--not really--but they are interesting echoes, and I liked that their relationship to each other and to the resistance was complicated and not easy. (If, like me, you need these things from your dystopias, SPOILER: there is a happy-ish ending.)
fandom:kpop  fandom:bigbang  author:whetstone  pairing:gdragon/top  type:alternateuniverse  type:dystopia  type:takeanideaandrun  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:interesting  length:1-5k 
december 2014 by blottingtheink
Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Man-Child – The New Inquiry
Like the nice guy from your grad-school program who tries to cover up his hurt feelings by concocting a general theory that explains why he never got a text after his one-night stand, the book portrays the Young-Girl as vain, frivolous, and acquisitive. She serves the traditional female role of reproducing the population and social order, but here, the social order is corrupt. Therefore, Tiqqun suggests, their intervention requires an ironic performance of misogyny. The question remains: Why is misogyny their only option? And why are so many ­thoughtful people ready to accept that a layer of irony suffices to turns hateful language into the basis of a sound critique?

We believe that Tiqqun has mistaken its object.

|| An EXCELLENT essay, and one that rang true--not only for ManChildren in others, but for the ManChild in myself, who shies away from conviction like it's leprous. Really, really interested in the ending.
fandom:not!  author:thenewinquiry  author:moira.weigel  author:mal.ahern  type:article  type:essay  type:feminism  type:interesting  type:insightful  type:endingiswhoa  type:longandsatisfying  resourcetype:culturalstudies  resourcetype:genderandsexuality  length:notspecified 
july 2013 by blottingtheink
Normative Sexism: Geek Edition « shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows
Having realised that the depiction of women in games, comics, collectibles and anime is meant as part of a tailor-made fantasy, many straight male geeks, somewhat unsurprisingly, have become aware of something else: that as said fantasy has been explicitly created for and subsequently targeted, marketed and sold to them, there must be someone out there whose goal is to exploit – and subsequently profit from – their sexual desires. Rather than undertake an intellectual exploration of the relationship between sex, gender and advertising in a capitalist system, however, a disappointing number of these geeks make a different and altogether more prejudicial leap: that the presence of women in an otherwise male-dominated environment can be directly correlated with the efforts of corporations to take their money. Their willingness to pay for the product in this equation, whether pre-existing or not, is immaterial: women, and particularly sexy women, have become a red-flag event. Any attempt to insert women into a setting previously devoid of them must therefore come under immediate suspicion. Women are a cash-gathering exercise, the go-to weapon in some cynical marketeer’s arsenal to help Company A more readily collect the hard-earned monies of geeks everywhere; booth babes being a case in point.

|| Oh my god--that seems SO RIGHT. Great analysis.
fandom:not!  author:fozmeadows  type:feminism  type:article  type:interesting  resourcetype:culturalstudies  length:notspecified 
december 2012 by blottingtheink
White Lines on a Green Field by Catherynne M. Valente — Subterranean Press
Let me tell you about the year Coyote took the Devils to the State Championship.

Coyote walked tall down the halls of West Centerville High and where he walked lunch money, copies of last semester’s math tests, and unlit joints blossomed in his footsteps. When he ran laps out on the field our lockers would fill up with Snickers bars, condoms, and ecstasy tabs in all the colors of Skittles. He was our QB, and he looked like an invitation to the greatest rave of all time. I mean, yeah, he had black hair and copper skin and muscles like a commercial for the life you’re never going to have. But it was the way he looked at you, with those dark eyes that knew the answer to every question a teacher could ask, but he wouldn’t give them the satisfaction, you know? Didn’t matter anyway. Coyote never did his homework, but boyfriend rocked a 4.2 all the same.

|| Oh, okay, yes.
fandom:not!  author:cat.valente  type:originalfiction  type:mythology  type:highschoolau  type:contemporaryau  type:voice  type:interesting  length:notspecified 
november 2012 by blottingtheink
I Heart Chaos — Listen to a beluga whale that changed its voice to try and sound like a human
;saldjf;lajf;dlj N O

Includes recording, anecdote, and the description of how the whale modified its speech patterns to attempt to communicate.
fandom:not!  fandom:science  author:iheartchaos  type:article  type:communication  type:interesting  resourcetype:poetry 
october 2012 by blottingtheink
The Believer Logger — Poet Ali Liebegott, interviewing Claudia Rankine
I say to them, I just want you to write whatever you want to write—you don’t even have to make it a poem, if you’re more comfortable writing paragraphs or writing a sentence. You think what you want is an essay? Do whatever you want. I will read it, we will have it as the thing in the class. you can do whatever you want, and then I said, the only thing I need you to do is be truthful, and by truth I do not mean tell me exactly what has happened to you. That’s not the kind of truth I’m talking about. I want you to show up fully and honestly for the work, even if you make the whole thing up.
fandom:not!  fandom:poetry  author:thebeliever  author:claudiarankine  type:interview  type:interesting  resourcetype:poetry 
september 2012 by blottingtheink
He, Once a She, Offers Own View On Science Spat - WSJ.com
Ben Barres had just finished giving a seminar at the prestigious Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research 10 years ago, describing to scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and other top institutions his discoveries about nerve cells called glia. As the applause died down, a friend later told him, one scientist turned to another and remarked what a great seminar it had been, adding, "Ben Barres's work is much better than his sister's."

There was only one problem. Prof. Barres, then as now a professor of neurobiology at Stanford University, doesn't have a sister in science. The Barbara Barres the man remembered was Ben.

Suuuuuper binary, and problematic language used "he, once a she," but interesting--in that "yeah, we know," sort of way.
fandom:not!  fandom:science  author:wsj  type:feminism  type:genderidentity  type:interesting  type:article  type:short  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Journey to the Land Where Formal Etiquette is Useless (Alpha OT4, by DoctorV, dogtier, ferrrox, lantadyme, nextian, PlayerProphet & pumpkinbortuqal)
(Choose-your-own-adventure illustrated fic.) Jake Harley, intrepid young trans-continental adventurer, falls down a rabbit hole and finds himself in a strange land. With so many people collaborating, the quality in this is variable, but there's enough that's really cool for me to rec it. Three branches are Wonderland, one (my favourite) is Hunting of the Snark. Most endings come back to Sburb in some way, but the 'verse isn't inwardly coherent and consistent between the branches.

(Summary by cestwhat, because again, she's spot-on, and apparently I haven't already saved this.)
fandom:homestuck  author:doctorv  author:dogtier  author:ferrox  author:lantadyme  author:nextian  author:PlayerProphet  author:pumpkinbortuqal  pairing:alphaOT4  challenge:hso2012  type:collaboration  type:illustrated  type:chooseyourownadventure  type:alternateuniverse  type:abouttheexecution  type:interesting  type:takeanideaandrun  type:sburbfucksyouup  type:happilyeverafter  type:posttext  type:future  length:notspecified  via:cestwhat 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Manic Pixie Dream Dissidents — Registan.net
Imagine this: The three men sit in court, awaiting their verdict. The youngest, a experienced dissident described by the media as a “sultry sex symbol” with “Angelina Jolie lips”, glances at his colleague, an activist praised by the Associated Press for his “pre-Raphaelite looks”.  Between them sits a third man, whose lack of glamour has led the New Republic to label him “the brain” and deem his hair a “poof of dirty blonde frizz”. The dissidents – or “boys” as they are called in headlines around the world – have been the subject of numerous fashion and style profiles ever since they first spoke out against the Russian government. “He’s a flash of moving color,” the New York Times writes approvingly about their protests, “never an individual boy.”
fandom:not!  author:sarahkendzior  type:feminism  type:currentevents  type:important  type:interesting  type:article  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Till You Make It - lightgetsin - Dresden Files - Jim Butcher [Archive of Our Own]
I squirmed, pinned between him and the counter. "It’s not – look, I don’t run to schedule, okay?" I said. "Don’t – I’m not easy."

"You don’t say." Okay, that much sarcasm was uncalled for.

"I mean it," I said doggedly. "I’m not one of those ‘insert coin, pull lever’ girls."

|| I have a lot of feelings about this fic related to female sexuality that I can't quite sort out, but it's really, really great, and a wonderful Harry I am totally and completely behind. <3
fandom:dresdenfiles  author:lightgetsin  pairing:dresden/marcone  type:alwaysagirl  type:characterization  type:a+forsexuality  type:takeanideaandrun  type:smmmmmmmut  type:thisishowwedevelop  type:interesting  length:15-20k 
july 2012 by blottingtheink
Five Geek Social Fallacies
Within the constellation of allied hobbies and subcultures collectively known as geekdom, one finds many social groups bent under a crushing burden of dysfunction, social drama, and general interpersonal wack-ness. It is my opinion that many of these never-ending crises are sparked off by an assortment of pernicious social fallacies -- ideas about human interaction which spur their holders to do terrible and stupid things to themselves and to each other.
fandom:not!  type:socialawkwardness  type:geekinessmakesme  resourcetype:culturalstudies  resourcetype:sociology  type:interesting  length:notspecified 
june 2012 by blottingtheink
We, the Web Kids - Pastebin.com
To us, the Web is a sort of shared external memory. We do not have to remember unnecessary details: dates, sums, formulas, clauses, street names, detailed definitions. It is enough for us to have an abstract, the essence that is needed to process the information and relate it to others. Should we need the details, we can look them up within seconds. Similarly, we do not have to be experts in everything, because we know where to find people who specialise in what we ourselves do not know, and whom we can trust. People who will share their expertise with us not for profit, but because of our shared belief that information exists in motion, that it wants to be free, that we all benefit from the exchange of information. Every day: studying, working, solving everyday issues, pursuing interests. We know how to compete and we like to do it, but our competition, our desire to be different, is built on knowledge, on the ability to interpret and process information, and not on monopolising it.

This is awesome, and actually very, very, intriguing, although it postulates a shared access to internet that is not close to universal. Nevertheless, it verbalizes some elements of the ways I think about information, politics, and culture that I had not, really, known how to say or connected. There was definitely a thrill of recognition--more than one.
fandom:not!  author:PiotrCzerski  type:political  type:mediastudies  type:interesting  type:insightful  type:stylisticappreciation  resourcetype:culturalstudies  length:notspecified 
february 2012 by blottingtheink
Palebro (the Kirk Ain't Got Nothing On This remix) - DoctorV - Homestuck [Archive of Our Own]
"Waking up to a new alien face isn't exactly conducive to maintaining one's cool, but a Strider fresh out of cryo is the chillest thing since ice-nine..."

What. What. What the fuck this is awesome. There's a whole world boiling behind this, and I love the way Bro handles his slavery to Redglare. Interesting.
fandom:homestuck  author:doctorv  pairing:bro/redglare  type:crackiscrazysauce  type:worldbuilding  type:characterization  type:surviving  type:interesting  warningtype:slavery  length:1-5k 
january 2012 by blottingtheink
Max Barry | Dogs and Smurfs
This has been a great year for male writers, with women shunted aside for major prizes and all-new hand-wringing about why it is so. Because, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but male writers get taken more seriously. Also, stories about men, even if written by women, are considered mainstream, while stories about women are “women’s fiction.” This despite the fact that women read more than men, and write more, and are over-represented generally throughout publishing.

As the father of two girls, one aged five and one ten months, I know why. It’s because of dogs and Smurfs. I can’t understand why no-one else realizes this. I see these knotted-brow articles and the writers seem truly perplexed. Dogs and Smurfs: that’s the answer.
fandom:not!  author:maxberry  type:feminism  type:important  type:interesting  type:womeninlit 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
Inside the mind of the octopus | Orion Magazine
Only recently have scientists accorded chimpanzees, so closely related to humans we can share blood transfusions, the dignity of having a mind. But now, increasingly, researchers who study octopuses are convinced that these boneless, alien animals—creatures whose ancestors diverged from the lineage that would lead to ours roughly 500 to 700 million years ago—have developed intelligence, emotions, and individual personalities. Their findings are challenging our understanding of consciousness itself.
fandom:not!  fandom:science  type:interesting  resourcetype:science 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
» Is Thor a feminist movie? (Yes) Social Justice League
Basically, Jane is a highly intelligent workaholic – a kind of female character that is rarely portrayed at all, let alone as a person with emotions and agency. Even better than that, when she meets Thor, this doesn’t change. Jane is never punished in the narrative for being a workaholic – she never has the cliched epiphany that her career-obsessed ways were or are making her miserable, and she does not need to compromise on her workaholism to keep Thor’s interest (indeed, Thor even helps her get her data back).

fandom:thor  author:socialjusticeleague  type:meta  type:feminism  type:characterization  type:interesting  length:notspecified 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
seanan_mcguire: I know a little girl and her name is Mary Mac: The Misuse of Mary Sue.
Mary Sue is a problem in a piece of fanfic. But if she's in her own story, if she's on her own stage, she can still be implausible, overly perfect, annoying, and unlikeable. What she isn't is an actual Mary Sue; what she isn't doing is warping the story to suit herself. She is the story, and that changes everything.

fandom:fandom!  author:seanan-mcquire  type:meta  type:feminism  type:interesting  type:awesome  type:somethingperfect 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
norsekink: Prompt Post No. 1
Loki really hated being the littlest giant. He hated it even more since the Jotun had discovered that Loki could be really useful if properly motivated, because to his brethren, "proper motivation" usually amounted to death threats or more or less friendly violence. Now every day they came up with new demands - Loki, fetch us this magical ring, Loki, trick some dwarves into building us stuff, Loki, there's this Asgardian trying to steal my daughter, make him go away, Loki, we need you to turn into a maiden to distract some dragons so we can steal their treasure...

But whenever he came up with something actually worthwhile, like a scheme to overthrow Asgard, or a brilliant magical spell that could turn Jotunheim into a place that was actually habitable and nice and not painfully dull, all he got was ridicule or a good thrashing.

The fairy-tale nature of the writing settles into itself as it goes along (or I got used to it? perhaps both, although I do think the rhythm at the end is just stronger), and it's a fun read. It manages to keep the fairy-tale dichotomies simple and yet folded into the characters. Nice.
fandom:thor  author:anon  pairing:thor/loki  type:gen  type:commentfic  type:fairytale  type:stylisticappreciation  type:interesting  type:takeanideaandrun 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
Who Are You and What Are You Doing Here? :: Oxford American - The Southern Magazine of Good Writing
That will be up to you. You must put the question of Plato to yourself. You must ask whether reason should always rule the passions, philosophers should always rule the state, and poets should inevitably be banished from a just commonwealth. You have to ask yourself if wildly expressive music (rock and rap and the rest) deranges the soul in ways that are destructive to its health. You must inquire of yourself if balanced calm is the most desirable human state.
fandom:not!  resourcetype:culturalstudies  author:mark.edmundson  type:meta  type:education  type:philosophy  type:interesting  type:insightful 
october 2011 by blottingtheink
Remorse of the tv junkie - GK fic: Don't Lick Your Fingers When You Turn the Page
Sometime after Nasiriyah Brad gets a Sharpie. Nate’s not exactly sure when, but one morning he wakes up to the sound of Ray’s bitching, particularly vicious.<br />
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They have little time in the field; it has to be written down. After the field, well, then it has to be worked out. 
fandom:generationkill  author:nightanddaze  pairing:brad/nate  type:beautiful  type:interesting  type:posttext  type:workingitout  type:softly  from delicious
july 2011 by blottingtheink

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