Readercon: Of Tin Foil Hats

Among the events today was the Tin Foil Hat event, where strange theories were floated as possibilities. As you can see, one intrepid panelist actually produced a tin foil hat, too. It was a “you had to be there” kind of event. Many theories both bizarre and  plausible were floated. My own consisted of the…

Ms. Russ & Horror

Lesson: this is what happens when you complain about something to generally nice people — you get asked to share your opinion, too. I commented on Ms. Magazine‘s initial post on Joanna Russ’ passing by expressing my disappointment that the piece was so cursory and written by someone who said she didn’t really read the…

BitchBuzz: Judy Judy Judy

My column today seems to be snagging the zeitgeist, as Publishers Weekly picked up on the same story. If you don’t know the saga of Pennsylvania English teacher Judy Buranich, read on: The Problem with Literary Slut Shaming By K. A. Laity Because women don’t write anything important, right? Shocking revelations this week—or at least…

RIP: Joanna Russ

I can’t add too much to the fine encomium that Todd wrote; I’ll just say that bringing The Female Man to a bunch of students at UHD, while definitely a challenge, offered a real eye-opening (and mind-expanding) experience to them as well. I’ve been talking about Russ a lot lately with folks in the romance…