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State of the Television

"slave ship" episode of bonesI’ve got lots of writing on my docket today, everything from finishing up a short story for my last guest post at on Monday, to more revisions on my time travel novel, to a couple of commentary pieces, but on top of all of this, I’ve had a strange week of television, so in no particular order, here are my observations: Read More…

Monday Link Love

Me and others around the ‘nets:

My latest post for is up—this week I write about intersectionality for better storytelling.

I Fry Mine in Butter ascended into heaven with the rapture last weekend. Fourteen months and 850 posts, we contributors are pretty proud of ourselves. The archives will be up for the forseeable future, folks, so go back and read anytime!

At Bitch, Jarrah Hodge looks at the proliferation of colonizing board games.

Finally, someone who’s not afraid of raising taxes. Of course, it’s Mother Jones.

Bill Peschel takes a refreshingly real look at lessons for writers. Apparently, we need to have more realistic egos.

The Nation wants to know why Black Americans are worse off than before President Obama took office.

Wednesday link love

My latest post is up at Bitch Magazine, on two election campaigns notable for the racist ads on one side and responses using women’s issues on the other. It’s so good to see such inventive uses of media in such glaring examples of fail.

Everyone who’s anyone is talking about the gay vs. straight preferences that people filled out over at OKCupid. Using their own server and love connection data, OKCupid looked at how straight and gay users behaved on the site, and what they say their interests are. It’s pretty interesting, at least for the first half of the post.

How to tackle poverty and family planning at once? The TED site has a talk from Mechai Veravaidya, who works on these issues for southeast Asia. He’s had notable success in Thailand.

An article in Salon tries to reorient blame for the foreclosure crisis on the free market, not the government. Hey, I thought we didn’t have an actual free market.

On deck for this week: link love

My newest guest blogging stint with Bitch Magazine resumes this week. I’ll be looking at the 2010 midterm elections: the good, the bad, and the loopy.

Snarky’s Machine posted a fun and wildly addictive game called Movie Equations, over on I Fry Mine in Butter. Take a stab at your own cinematic arithmetic.

This afternoon I’ll post a recap of last week’s Dexter season premiere. Spoilers from that episode will be all over the place.

Midweek, expect a new short story, and this time, it sticks like a glob of maple syrup to reality. I hope everyone enjoys it.

Supreme Court Justice Elana Kagan begins presiding with the other 8 justices tomorrow. She took her seat for the first time Friday in a formal ceremony during which no court cases transpired. But let’s get real, she’s going to have to recuse herself for a few of these cases.

Tomorrow I’ll post my review of the Mobile Chowdown V that Susanne and I attended last Friday night! In short, it was great!

Coming up next week

On Monday I’ll post my review of Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation over on I Fry Mine in Butter. I’ll hold back for now on my opinions and reactions, save to say that this is not your mother’s transsexual.

The Good Wife starts its new season next week on CBS. I was enthralled with the series last year but annoyed by its cell phone cliffhanger. So I’m hoping we get past the wannabe love triangle and return to snappy courtroom drama. Besides, is anyone ever going to get picked over Chris Noth? Please.

I’m doing an experiment with Amazon’s direct digital publishing doohickey. Read: I’m releasing some flash fiction to see how the process works. Look for a link early in the week.

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