It’s there so people can choose to read it. Nobody has to read something that’s in a library. Nobody has to buy something that’s in a bookstore. But you have choice, and that’s what this is all about. And if the book isn’t there, you don’t have the opportunity to choose to read it.
“I don’t think ‘science fiction’ is a very good name for it, but it’s the name that we’ve got. It is different from other kinds of writing, I suppose, so it deserves a name of its own. But where I can get prickly and combative is, if I’m just called a sci-fi writer. I’m not. I’m a novelist and poet. Don’t shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don’t fit, because I’m all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions.”
—Ursula K. Le Guin, born October 21, 1929.
"Kinks Shirt" by Matt Nathanson
What I really appreciate about this video is that the song makes no mention of the woman’s trans* status; they could have easily done something different with this video, and had Matt’s love interest be cis.
But no, she’s trans*, and most importantly, Character!Matt doesn’t care. They meet, they flirt, they sleep together, they talk over breakfast and clearly have a connection. That’s what matters, not the fact that this woman wasn’t born with a vagina.
THIS IS A BIG DEAL YOU GUYS
God, I didn’t think I needed more reasons to love Matt Nathanson but apparently now I have some.
okay wow this is super cute
GOD I have a feeling. Fuck I love Matt.
I was lucky enough to see him live a few years back and he was such a sweetheart and so very funny; but this just adds a whole new level to how much I love Matt Nathanson.
dzkjghdskjlghlads and he’s participating in the *culture* and the life and ugh I love this
First, congratulations to Eleanor Catton, whose book, The Luminaries, just won the Booker Prize. It’s a terrific book, and deserves praise. But praise can be a double-edged sword. Or in this case, an idiot-stick to rival Mr Punch’s.
First, a few facts about the inherent nature of praise.
Ivan the Terrible (Wives: 8, daughters: 3)
Correctly speaking, Ivan’s nickname grozny translates in its original usage to something along the lines of formidable or authoritative, rather than evil. But really, he was pretty awful. He beat up his pregnant daughter-in-law, Yelena Sheremetevna, for wearing immodest clothing, causing her to miscarry. When his son (Yelena’s husband) objected to this, Ivan beat him to death with his pointed staff.
Ivan was also awful to people he wasn’t related to. During his reign, the first laws restricting the movements of peasants were introduced, leading to the enslavement of millions of people though serfdom.
I wonder what Tony would think of that?
‘If we’re honest, most of us would accept that a bad boss is a little bit like a bad father or a bad husband … you find that he tends to do more good than harm. He might be a bad boss but at least he’s employing someone while he is in fact a boss.’