hapax has compiled a preliminary booklist for "M/M romance -- a core collection", complete with librarian geekiness, moderate levels of snark, and sincere fondness for the genre.
Ruby writes: This week at Heathen Critique, Paul Stepola, like his Biblical counterpart, loses his sight, in Soon: Chapter 10: Poor Tick, Poor Jae.
Laiima writes: This week I was actively writing. I have three blog posts addressing that I've passed into cronehood/old age, and exploring various aspects of that (musing on mothers, power, and influence; permission to heal; and women's stories.) I have a feeling this will be an ongoing series.
Twilight: Beautiful People and Hairless Cats
Ana Mardoll writes:
This week we introduce the youngest members of the Cullen family – the only people on earth capable of sending Bella’s self-esteem into a veritable nose-dive. They are beautiful in the extreme, openly disdain the existence of food, and are so aloof that they don’t even talk to each other. Come join us as we try to determine whether or not emotional unavailability equals attractiveness in the Twilight-verse!
This week the former conservative blogger wrote 2 entries mocking the various conspiracy theories invented to discredit President Obama as well as some of the silly things Fox News has decided to get outraged about (really, really this is worthy of outrage and just when I think they can't get more stupid) in addition to another deconstruction of a fundamentalist Christian blog.
This week mmy posted about her memories of the death of her mother.
Lorien encourages Canadians to read this article (The Conservatives Commitment to Internet Surveillance) about the implications of promises in/elements of the Conservative election platform dealing with access to and security and privacy while using the Internet before going to the polls on election day.
TW for birth trauma and maternal health:
mmy writes: The Washington Post published an article about substandard health care for women Global stillbirths: 2.6 million a year, overlooked and often preventable
Things you can do
Kit Whitfield asks blog readers to click on this link to learn about Russians who are being beaten, brutalized and arrested for their efforts to protect and preserve Moscow's last old growth forest.
Froborr will be on three panels at Anime Boston (at the Hynes) which runs from April 21st to 24.
Tengen Toppa Evangelion: Friday, 6 P.M., Panel A. Viga "The Otagal" Gadson and I will be discussing Neon Genesis Evangelion, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and Rebuild of Evangelion as essentially a multi-decade conversation about questions of human nature and our place in the universe.Frobor writes: Most of that time I will be at Anime Boston at the Hynes. If you're in Boston and want to meet up, e-mail me at froborr SPLAT gmail.com. I can easily do lunch one of the three days as long as it's within walking distance from the Hynes. Otherwise, I'll be around the con most of the time. I'll be the short, overweight guy with the pony tail. No, not that one, the other one. No, the other one. No, not that one either. (I'll be the one whose badge says Froborr.)
Villains and Virgins: Friday, 8:30 P.M., Panel 107. Viga and I will be discussing the madonna-whore complex in anime, both in terms of character archetypes and fan reactions. (The schedule says "madonna-heathen complex" because they wouldn't allow us to use the word "whore." No, seriously. Apologies to any pagans offended by the use of the term, wasn't my choice.)
Chu-Chu Died for Your Sins: Saturday, 5 P.M., Panel 206. Charles Dunbar, the Anime Anthropologist, and I will be discussing religious and philosophical themes in Xenogears and Xenosaga, mostly gnosticism, qabalah, and Nietzsche.
The Board Administration Team
(hapax, Kit Whitfield and mmy)