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Tracking what I read is a strange compulsion. On one hand it's a record of accomplishment, a diary, and a resource. I hope to talk to people about things we've both read, because reading is a lonely business, and thinking is only half-done when it's trapped, unarticulated in the reader. Comments sections are something, but they're not the same as sharing a few words or a full dialogue on the subject with people you know well, or hope to come to know well. On the other hand, keeping this sort of record is at best a list of the detritus involved in producing concrete work, and at worst a testament to the amount of pure faffing about I do over the course of a couple weeks.

It does bug me, though, when there's no record--for myself, or for anyone--of what I'm up to. Possibly that's a compulsion born of blogging from an early age. I don't think of it as a narcissistic 'me generation!!' trend-article-spawning psychological issue, though, just--a habit. The diarists of history probably got nervous if they didn't scrawl a few sentences about burying cheese in their commonplace books, well before facebook apparently altered our global subjectivity 4eva. In re: that, this Tolstoy quote's a bit smug, but also a bit true: "People of limited intelligence are fond of talking about "these days," imagining that they have discovered and appraised the peculiarities of "these days" and that human nature changes with the times."

I don't even think this sort of literary accountability is a particularly poor tick to pick up. It has the aforementioned benefits, and it introduces a sort of self-disciplined ordering to one's thoughts and plans, without which days would seem to spin out, messy and forever until they're not. Which of course they do anyway, but in order to get anything done with them, one has to develop a habit of Plot.

So why do you keep this sort of blog/journal? Or why did you, if lj death's driven you off? Fandom participation exclusively, and/or meeting people, and/or forming and presenting yourself via articulation?

I think all of that was why I started blogging (on another site), as a young teenager fresh out of forums, and now my reasons are both simpler (less of the youthful identity politics) and more complicated (what is it to write for myself when so much of my time is spent Forming Opinions and Writing Them professionally, either academically or for other forms of publication? And when I want to also write fiction professionally, but haven't written anything for circulation, or even completed a piece privately, for a while now?). Fandom!death (both LJ and Moffat related, in my corner of the world) has changed things--I no longer feel the same sense of community with a lively interactive group of friends, and it actually really depressed me for a while, more than I might have thought it would. I still enjoy reading friends' entries--sometimes particularly funny/informative/inspiring, sometimes quotidian. I feel warmth towards the writers, and to some degree as though I know them, even if we've spoken outside of lj only spottily for a couple years now.

I don't really have a neat conclusion here. Enjoy, or don't, a crapton of articles, I guess? There are semi-useful section headers this time!


Book Reviews
The Ugly Truth: on the book "Erotic Capital"
Dear TV: 'New Girl' and 'The Mindy Project'; Week 1, Post 3 by Lili Loofbourow
Paul Kincaid on Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction : Twenty-Ninth Annual Collection, Richard Horton's The Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy : 2012 Edition and Nebula Awards Showcase 2012
Cowardice, Laziness and Irony: How Science Fiction Lost the Future
The opposite of Imposter Syndrome...is to feel consistently underappreciated. In this case, underappreciated as a cowardly, lazy ironist, but...
Where are all the blue-collar sitcoms?
At the Mouth of the River of Bees by Kij Johnson

Curiosities
Eeling on Downunder holidays for the well-heeled
Grayson Perry to build holiday home 'shrine' to Essex everywoman
S. Moran Bullet Hole Book
Most Citizens of the Star Wars Galaxy are Probably Totally Illiterate: wholly stupid article with an 'if cupcakes, then frosting, if frosting, then THE DECAY OF THE WESTERN WORLD!!!!' sort of logic to it
Origin: Only the good die young
Fan fiction allows teenagers to explore their sexuality freely: SO POORLY WRITTEN I DON'T EVEN
Sam Gauss prop design sketches
Apple Pie I
more tube art
Woman Receives Phone Bill for 12 Quadrillion Euros; Company Tells Her She Can Pay in Installments
Chocolate Is Clearly the Preferred Treat of Geniuses the World Over
My Little Ponies singing about fan conventions is kind of amazing
Chibnall deleted scene people are apparently mad about

Things Organized Neatly
5 Terrifying Origin Stories Behind Popular Children's Songs
female academics on being mansplained to
Merchant and Mills for divine dressmaking
This raccoon never left the side of a cat who was dying of a tumour The cat was comforted for the final hours of her life by her long time friend.
Gladstone's Library: Gladstone's Library is one of a kind - a residential library and meeting place
Tutis book covers: hilarious.
Adele's Skyfall theme: review
Q&A | David Rose
Gurdon interview
Knitting Shops in London

Work Things
Day One
I’m Felicia Day, and This Is How I Work
How The Big Six Book Publishers Are Using Social Media
call for submissions: the best women's travel writing, volume 9
How a Whiteboard Helped a Terrible Delegator Keep a Team On-Task

Who Scarf/Scarf Tassel Resources
Doctor Who scarf via Wittly Little Knitter
How to Make Scarf Tassels
Original Pattern
'Invisible' Joins

Potential PhD Fodder
Joseph Grimaldi
Toy Theatre
the Dickens Conference I attended
Philip Astley/Astley's Theatre
Toy Theatre Great Expectations @ Artworkers Guild
Artist Residency in Italy at the Bellagio Center, Deadline November 30th, 2012
The Bellagio Center

Day or the Dead Party Resources
Sugar Skulls- How to make Sugar Skulls Step-by-Step for Dia de los Muertos
Fiambre (Guatemalan Composed Salad)

Jezebel Righteous Annoyance Brigade
Asshole Writer Feels So Many Things About Overweight Women in the Grocery Store
I Entered My Baby in a Beauty Pageant and Lost My Mind
And Here’s a Picture of Kenneth Krause, the Man Who Called Local News Anchor ‘Fat’
The Best Thing You’ll See All Day: Local News Anchor Has On-Air Message for Viewer Who Called Her Fat
Asshole who Called Local News Anchor Fat Still Thinks She’s Too Fat
Maine Democrat is Supposedly Unfit For Office Because She Loves ‘Poisoning and Stabbing’ in World of Warcraft
Future Undergrads: Colleges are Cyber-Stalking You and There’s Nothing You Can Do
Archaeologists Disturb Tomb of Badass Mayan Warrior Queen, Prove That Science Has Learned Nothing from Hollywood
The Kissing Sailor, or “The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture”: I haven't read the source-text, but IS a surprise joyous kiss sexual assault? I... am not entirely convinced.
Watch This Dickhead Issue a Non-Apology to Jennifer Livingston: ‘Sorry If I Hurt Your Feelings’
Arrests, Divorces, and Secret Children: Breaking Amish Is Nothing But Lies
Laughably Idiotic ‘Sorry, Feminists!’ Retort Prompts Awesome Twitter Hashtag, So It’s All Good
I’m Not Interested in Finding a Truce in the Culture War. I’m Interested in Winning It.: NOT NEARLY AS GOOD AS THE TITLE LED ME TO BELIEVE IT MIGHT BE
I'm Not a 'Mother First'
Why Men Fail
Octavia Spencer Thinks We’re in Grave Danger of Overusing ‘Bullying’
Best Thing You’ll See All Day: Australia’s Female Prime Minister Rips Misogynist a New One in Epic Speech on Sexism
Republican State Representative Releases Gay Marriage PSA, and It’s Genuinely Moving
Reddit Users Attempt to Shame Sikh Woman, Get Righteously Schooled
Hot or Not: Why Conservative Women Are ‘Prettier’ Than Liberal Ladies
Nobody Believes Recently Deceased Georgian Woman Lived for a Mind-Frying 132 Years
Why Is Etsy Still Profiting from Racist ‘Nostalgia’?
You choose your choices, but not in a vacuum
Welcome to Nickelodeon’s New Channel for ‘Bad Mommies’
Fuck Yes You Should Swear at Work
An Open Letter to Abigail Fisher
The Queen Wants to Bestow Some Tracts of Land on Young, Low-Income Families
My Boss Told Me My Hair and Makeup Were Holding Me Back
Ugh, Get Out of Here With Your Bullshit Lady-Marketing
Watch Elizabeth Warren Kick Some Debate Ass
Alexa Chung Doesn’t Want to be Your Thinspo: ‘Just Because I Exist in This Shape Doesn’t Mean I’m Advocating It’

Other News
State schools 'failing girls who want to study physics'
Significant Student Debt Reforms Quietly Take Flight
A Nation Zinged: The Gawker 2012 Presidential Debate Liveblog
Supercut: Jim Lehrer’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Debate
Fade to black: Depression and Memory Problems
Unmasking Reddit’s Violentacrez, The Biggest Troll on the Web
Life after a Twitterstorm

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