- Bad Sex in Romance Novels – This is looking at character-building bad sex, not funny ha-ha, poorly written sex. Good stuff.
There comes a time when the flawless pistoning of hips starts to resemble a factory. Failure adds spice and interest, as well as believability, and it makes the happily-ever-afters so much sweeter. So, in the interest of making it all better in the end, let us examine recent historical and contemporary romances which portray sex in all of its awkward, agonizing glory: the painful deflowering, the jackrabbiting, the ouch sex, the mess sex, and the not-even-bothering-to-fake-it sex.
- Studying How The Blind Perceive Race – An interesting look at how race is constructed without visual clues and how it still matters.
Obasogie started by interviewing 110 individuals who were blind since birth. His full research on the topic will be published in a book, Blinded by Sight: Seeing Race In The Eyes Of The Blind, that hits shelves in November.
The professor mentioned that some of the individuals he interviewed took offense at the notion that sighted people would think blind people are unaware of race. And that not being aware of race somehow made blind people morally superior.
Race factors into so much of our everyday lives, but as the professor discovered, it can mean even more to those for whom skin color isn’t readily apparent.
- The 3rd Annual Writing in the Margins Contest – Just FYI.
The 3rd annual Writing in the Margins contest, for writing that brings to life issues of political, social and environmental justice, is seeking short stories and creative non-fiction. Briarpatch is now accepting submissions of original, unpublished writing in the categories of short fiction and creative non-fiction for their 3rd annual creative writing contest– with award-winning writers Shani Mootoo and Marcello Di Cintio as the judges and $750 in cash prizes.
- Summary of GR’s New Censorship Policy – Goodreads user Amy has compiled an exhaustive summary of the mess Goodreads has made. Lots of links.
- Strange Horizons – The SFF magazine posted a bunch of Indian fiction, poetry and non-fiction that’s totally worth checking out.
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An ice hockey fan from north of Boston and the genre's most beloved troll, Ridley enjoys reading contemporary and historical romance, as well as the odd erotica novel. As someone who uses a wheelchair, she takes a particular interest in disability themes.