BitchBuzz: Women’s Dangerous Desires

Just a tad bit too late to make it into the column, two news stories today: HarperCollins has a new erotica imprint, Mischief, and the Wall Street Journal has another gasping-for-the-shock-of-it story about what women read on their Kindles (oooh, scandal!). All this frothing shows the ultimate futility of the attempts to stuff women back…

BitchBuzz: PayPal Puritanism

My column this week is an issue that’s been affecting a lot of writers. There’s a lot of anxiety and a lot of name-calling and finger pointing, but in the end, the ‘man behind the curtain’ is really the banks. Yeah, you know — those banks that got bailed out to the tune of billions….

Know-vember: Chloë

What is more awesome than awesome? It has to be the lovely Chloë! She sent me absinthe chocolates. That would already make her more awesome than awesome, but she’s also hilarious and has adorable Maudie to help with the awesomeness, too. We finally got to meet in Derby this year at Alt.Fiction after having lots…

Weekend Wrap Up

It was a good weekend in Philadelphia — it was just annoying getting there and even more so, getting back. If you follow me on Twitter you got my irritated suggestions for new New Jersey state mottos (“New Jersey, it leaves a lot to be desired”) as I sat in the seemingly endless traffic jams…

BitchBuzz: Butterfly World Project

I’m heading off to Philadelphia for Authors After Dark with Kit Marlowe this morning; doubtless I’ll have stories to share from there. Hope to see Todd and Alex while I’m in town. My column today features a lovely place that I can’t wait to see first hand. I learned about it from the fabulous photographer…

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…

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…

Snapshots of Pop Culture

Here’s a little taste of the trip to the Popular Culture Association Conference: we stayed at the Marriott Rivercenter which is a combination mall and canal, chock full of tourists and cheap Texas trash, er, souvenirs. I lived in that state for three years, eleven months, six days, five hours and fifteen minutes and I…

Friday’s ‘Forgotten’ Books: The Corinthian

Georgette Heyer should be a household name; that’s the only thing that qualifies this as a “forgotten” book. Heyer is still a nonpareil amongst romance readers, but little known beyond that group. I only learned about her because of Stephen Fry; for his 50th birthday he had a short program on his “guilty pleasures” and…