Adam Grant explains why putting things off may lead to more creative work (as long as you don’t leave it till the last minute).
Here’s a roundup of online reading I’ve been doing lately around issues fo diversity, gender equality, and culture change. Enjoy!
- Why gender equality is good for everyone — a very interesting TED talk by Michael Kimmel.
- Twofer from the New York Times this Sunday — when can women stop looking perfect? (hint: now) and it’s payback time for women.
- A toxic work world, especially for women.
- How Wikipedia is hostile to women.
- All-male panels at conferences–sexist. Hey, it’s math!
- Time is a feminist issue.
- Did you see the new Star Wars movie? What to do when you’re not the hero anymore.
- Shonda Rhimes, normalizing TV.
- A different pinup calendar this year.
- There is no one way to live a happy life.
Happy new year! I have decided that 2016 is the year of not giving a fuck. And yes, there is a book for that.
Here’s a fresh roundup of links for your reading pleasure.
- Those books that we buy and then pile up on our shelves, unread? There is a word for that.
- Rebecca Solnit, again not giving any fucks
- Reading around the world? Challenge accepted.
- So happy to see that SF/F is now regularly reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, and by a black woman author, too! You go, N.K. Jemison.
“The pile of unread books we have on our bedside tables is often referred to as a graveyard of good intentions. The list of unread books on our Kindles is more of a black hole of fleeting intentions.” — Craig Mod
The New York Times says print is far from dead, and Craig Mod asks if digital books will ever replace print. After a torrid but brief love affair, I admit that I have been reading less on the Kindle and succumbing more to the allure of physical books. I still use the Kindle for throwaway books, travel, library books, and sampling. I think it is a terrific tool that has its uses, but it is not a replacement for books as objects. When I catalog my reads, I always categorize Kindle books as “read but unowned,” because books on the Kindle do not feel like they are really mine.
Margaret Atwood again: She says now is not the time for realistic fiction. When is it ever the time? If you’re looking for some wonderfully unrealistic fiction, try Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, among the best books I’ve read all year; here’s a piece about writing it by VanderMeer in The Atlantic.
It seems fitting to highlight this great piece about Harper Lee by Roy Hoffman in the New York Times now that Go Set a Watchman has come out and blown up the Internet.
Maybe for a century or more to come, we’ll continue to need cultural spaces in which “women’s writing” is protected and encouraged to flourish as something separate from “men’s.” But that same small part of me fears that the gated-off arena can too easily become a prison. There’s something ironic, and a little depressing, in the fact that the digital archive of a major American university now displays the poems of the boldly gender-ambiguous, literary-drag-wearing Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell under the festively decorated but irredeemably patronizing heading “A Celebration of Women Writers.”
via Does an Award Like the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Help or Hurt the Cause of Women Writers? – NYTimes.com; quote by Dana Stevens; Zoe Heller also answered the question.