Lavie Tidhar has ANGERED THE STEAMPUNK HORDES. This is awesome. From the email some whiny crybaby sent his publisher:
[his tweet that "steampunk is fascism for nice people] this has (quite rightly) deeply angered and upset a vast majority of the Steampunk community in the UK, Europe and North America.
From his “A Lexicon of Steam Literature of the Third Reich”:
‘Look out!’ shouted Brunhilda. Her long blonde hair whipped in the wind as she clung for dear life to the underside of the mighty airship The Iron Chancellor. Rising ahead was the black airship King David, a dark oppressive presence in the skies. Its mighty guns were aimed at the Iron Chancellor. ‘We will not be defeated by a devolved race!’ cried Brunhilda’s companion, Conrad Bosch, the famed explorer and engineer. ‘Take my hand!’
Francis Lam and Eddie Huang consider “Is it fair for chefs to cook other cultures’ food?” with a focus, of course, on white chefs cooking (and being celebrated for “doing it right”) cuisines from POC cultures.
Jennifer duBois on Writing Across Gender.
I don’t think it’s terribly controversial to note that women, from a young age, are required to consider the reality of the opposite gender’s consciousness in a way that men aren’t. This isn’t to say that women don’t often misunderstand, mistreat, and stereotype men, both in literature and in life. But on a basic level, functioning in society requires that women register that men are fully conscious; it is not really possible for a woman to throw up her hands and write men off as eternally unknowable space aliens — and even if she says she has, she cannot really behave as though she has.
I find the hedging “oh, of course women also do this to men too” irritating, but welp.
Rochita Loenen-Ruiz has a new story out! “Song of the Body Cartographer” is lovely and sad.
You’re Killing Me reviews urban fantasy/paranormal romance. Specifically I liked how they covered Patricia Briggs’ bullshit-a-thon with an eye out for the evo-psych werewolf claptrap.
The US is doing it usual thing. Fuck yeah USA.