Wendy Xu has a brilliant and critical assessment of racism in Eleanor and Park, and it’s tempered by Mike Jung’s post on how he can experience both love and be troubled by the novel. The latter is one of the complicated experiences of a reader is who is not privileged, who constantly struggles to find themselves in the literature they read and who sometimes settles for any representation. If in Part 1 I talked about the behavior of cultural tourists, let’s look at the larger implications of that here.
In the Philippines for example, we have several talented authors like Eliza Victoria, Ian Rosales Casocot, and Dean Francis Alfar. Unfortunately, their readership is dwarfed by the number of fans of Western authors like Robert Jordan, J.K. Rowling, and George R. R. Martin. If our authors aren’t being read in our own country, how much better will they fare overseas? And this isn’t a scenario unique to the Philippines. It happens to a lot of countries affected by colonialism or imperialism (or both). Continue reading →
200 freaking episodes! Holy moly on toast! For our special 200th episode, the entire gang got together on Google+ to talk about being nominated for a Hugo Award, the importance of world sf, listener questions, and more. Plus, we break out the first ever Skiffy and Fanty Trivia Game!
I’ve included the mp3 and a YouTube video of our recording in this post; choose your poison!
Arabic fantasy, linguistic wonders, and strange worlds, oh my! Sofia Samatar joins Shaun, Julia, and Keffy to discuss her 2014 Crawford Award winning novel, A Stranger in Olondria. Also on the discussion table: Arabic fiction, fantastic and otherwise, academia, writing influences, and much more!
The books, the histories, and the translations, oh my! We’re joined by an all star cast to discuss the world of Brazilian SF. We cover Brazil’s generations of sf writers, fandom, the publishing world, and the influences on Brazil’s sf universe. You won’t want to miss this one.
That’s right. To celebrate our 200th episode, we’re going to record it LIVE on Google+/YouTube. That means you’ll get to listen to and/or watch us act like crazy people for several hours, which we all know will be a lot of fun, right?
When and where? Monday, April 21st at 6:30-8:30 PM EST (we will post here and Tweet a link to the YouTube stream as soon as it goes live; the time is arbitrary and may be slightly short or slightly longer depending on need)
What should you expect? Celebrating 200 episodes, a world sf discussion, and a trivia game!
What can you do? You can watch the live episode, for one. And you can share the news! You can also submit trivia questions via this form (please read it before submitting)