Elizabeth Bear is right about Holly Black being right about Zoe Trope being right about the "Mary-Sue" thing. I guess I don't read that much criticism that I don't believe I've stumbled over the Mary-Sue dismissal in the wild. But I agree that if it is used beyond the fan-fic world it's not being used correctly. At best you could say that a character is both an insertion of the author coupled with wish fulfillment, but that's been a standard critique for years. And it's just as wrong. Nobody complains when a male character wins the day, is staggeringly competent, and gets the good looking girl at the end.
What if male superheros posed like WonderWoman. A visual take on the rediculousness of the sexism in (some) comics. Part of the ongoing debate that started during ComicCon this year. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Young people are reading more than you. In case you needed a reason of why YA is the hot genre. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
Hey, you know how in Wisconsin the conservative majority is working so hard to cut costs (and then pulls shenanigans on the recall races that add a few million to the budgets) and then also corrects for nonexistent voter fraud by enacting a voter ID law? Because of increase demand in photo IDs (including the free ones) means the DMV has to open more offices (after closing some last year). More offices and hours to the tune of $6 million this year and $4 million per year afterward. Thanks, guys. Doing a bang up job.
And speaking of increased costs, the Tea Party just cost you $322. The Slactivist throwing some water on the bonfire of the vanities. (Grokked from Jay Lake)