First of all, happy 199th birthday to what is perhaps my favorite novel and definitely the pioneering work of modern science fiction, Frankenstein
! Here are five reasons to celebrate Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Also, the latest episode of StarShipSofa
includes my new "Looking Back on Genre History," part one of a two-part discussion of the relationship of one of my very favorite authors, Lois McMaster Bujold
, to fandom (and fan fiction, in particular). Here it is!
If you listen, I hope you enjoy!
(And speaking of StarShipSofa
, heartfelt thanks to those of you who have helped make Everyone: Worlds Without Walls
a reality! We're most grateful to you!)
Last but not least, it seems that I've embarked on an in-depth study of the films of award-winning actor-director-writer Jiang Wen
, sort of a personal (and multi-month-long) film festival that also includes reading the popular and scholarly analyses of his work that are available in English. (I've found that his films are kind of dream dining for someone who does intellectual history, though I'm having to brush up a bit on my knowledge of recent China, which, hey, is a good thing.) When that's all done, expect a report, including breakdown of his films with brief reviews/reactions. Consider yourself warned, ha!
I am still
recovering from The Ick That Wouldn't Die, but I'm much better than I was. And we're expecting snow tomorrow, which makes me very happy indeed. I hope all of you are doing well, my friends!