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
For my yearly reading project in 2015, I have been focusing on women writers, specifically of speculative fiction. This project has led me down lots of wonderful side alleys discovering new writers, revisiting old favorites, and thinking about what they have to say. It's also helped me understand the bias that women writers continue to … Continue reading Women writing — some links
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 … Continue reading Are women-only book prizes necessary?