Today's reading list is a roundup of badass women--but what does "badass" mean exactly? These are women who don't conform to the norms that have been set out for women as a whole. They may seem intimidating or--that worst of all literary sins--unlikable. These women follow their own path, make sometimes questionable choices, risk screwing … Continue reading A List of Badass Women
Time for an update of what I've been reading lately: three recent publications by women writers that are each, in their own way, unusual and engrossing reads. First up: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, her first novel since The Night Circus, which was a favorite of mine. With The Starless Sea, Morgenstern has written a deeply felt and … Continue reading What I’ve Been Reading: Books by Women
This is a series of reviews of my favorite books published between 2010 and 2019. These are shorter reviews of good reads published in 2013. Rivers by Michael Farris Smith (2013) In the near future, climate change and perpetual storms have forced the US government to abandon the Gulf Coast, and those who remain live without … Continue reading Favorite Books of the 2010s: Quick Takes of 2013 Novels
“I have lived with that anger, on that anger, beneath that anger, on top of that anger ... for most of my life.” – Audre Lord “Once upon a time / I had enough anger in me to crack crystal” – Kiki Petrosino “Out of the ash / I rise with my red hair / … Continue reading Reading angry women
Lately, I have been turning to older novels for my reading, as a means of escape from the stresses of being alive, here, in 2017. Older books offer a unique form of immersion in another time and place, as actually lived by the writer, rather than as imagined by a writer conjuring up a historical time … Continue reading Retreating into reading: The refuge of older books
In the introduction to the short story collection Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives that she edited, Sarah Weinman laments that "an entire generation of female crime writers...have faded from view." Many of these writers, popular and lauded in their day, have been forgotten over time. Weinman has selected stories by fourteen of them, ranging in publication date from … Continue reading Recommended Reading: Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives
I have posted a survey of feminist dystopian visions. I hope you enjoy.
I have have posted a survey of feminist utopian visions. Hope you enjoy.
What an amazing essay by Claire Vaye Watkins. Her novel Gold Fame Citrus is on my "I need to read this soon" list. A taste: Let us embrace a do-it-yourself canon, wherein we each make our own canon filled with what we love to read, what speaks to us and challenges us and opens us up, wherein … Continue reading On Pandering: How to Write Like a Man
I've resurrected an old idea of mine, which is to read science fiction about women and blog about it. I call the blog Sci Femme, and I hope to use it as a forum for longer-form essays about themes and trends in science fiction written by women. I'll be looking at both new and classic … Continue reading New blog: Sci Femme