“Maybe you’ve heard that people are mad about Black actors being cast in Lord of the Rings. Or Game of Thrones. Or maybe it was Star Wars. Or perhaps Thor. Wait, maybe it was Titans, or Superman. The Witcher? Or maybe you heard that people are angry that […]
“The Ghost of Worshops Past: How Communism, Conservatism, and the Cold War still molds our path into SFF Writing”
At Tor.com, S.L. Huang writes about the history of writing workshops and its influence on SF/F workshops and writing today. “To those outside the industry, the name “Clarion” might not have much meaning. But to those with aspirations of being a professional SFF author—of joining those like Gaiman—workshops […]
Absolute Beginners first crossed my radar last week when a friend showed me a clip of David Bowie dancing on a typewriter. “Big deal,” scoffed I, a connoisseur of Indian cinema. “Merchant and Ivory did that with Hindi superstars ages ago.”* Discovering that David Bowie could tap dance […]
Library of America has Dashiell Hammett’s story, “Creeping Siamese” as it’s story of the week. ‘Based on the scantiest of evidence—a red silk sarong—the detectives, including the Continental Op, begin working under the assumption that they should be looking for ‘brown men,’ that is, Asian immigrants. ‘This short […]
At Vulture, Bilge Ebiri proflies actor Ke Huy Quan from Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022), Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom (1984) and The Goonies (1985). “It didn’t take long to discover that Hollywood roles for Asian men were few and far between. He did a […]
The Civil Rights Movement archive has a link to the 1957 comic that inspired the late Representative John Lewis, Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story. You can read it online here.