Happy Cyber Monday! I missed Dylan Meconis‘s slightly pre-Cyber Monday twelve-hour sale on the event of Baruch Spinoza’s 280th birthday because I can’t count, apparently, but that is not going to stop me from getting that Revolutionary Hotties print. I tend to think complaints about commercialism on Black Friday and Cyber Monday often have more to do with people thinking it’s gauche to shop on the same day as everyone else than people thinking it’s gauche to shop, anyway; hyper-conspicuous consumption is so nouveau riche! Quick, go loot Goodwill for things you could afford new before people who truly don’t have money can get them!
Speaking of Cyber Monday, I came by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia C. Wrede’s The Grand Tour or The Purloined Coronation Regalia and The Mislaid Magician or Ten Years After today in the Kindle store along with Ellen Datlow’s Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers: Magical Tales of Love and Seduction anthology, so I have even more books to try to read all at once.
Kate Elliott, of the Spiritwalker Trilogy among other things, did a post over at her blog on the subject of why she’s chosen to highlight the sewing skills of her character Catherine Hassi Barahal, and in general on women’s work in speculative fiction and the general undervaluation and invisibility thereof.
Angry Asian Man rounded up some links on the matter of Red Dawn, the Jeremy Lin furor, some bullshit having to do with the Royal Shakespeare Company putting on an all-white Orphan of Zhao, and racism in Cloud Atlas, among other things. I’ve already said my piece on Cloud Atlas; I don’t even know what to say about Red Dawn. I feel like anything I could possibly say about the Red Dawn remake would be self-evident — but I know that can’t possibly be true, because if it were, like. The Red Dawn remake wouldn’t actually exist.
From Tumblr: Brigitte Weinsteiger on the Medieval Roots of Colonial Iron Manufacturing Technology, stuff I’m going to pretend everyone finds as interesting as I do. wehunger agrees that snide yuppies should stfu about Black Friday already. And Jonny Lee Miller sure makes some faces.