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[IBARW 2008] catch-up: part 1

The below was mostly finished August/September of last year, but I had wanted to do a bit more and then I kept not getting to it, and here we are months later and I'm just gonna post it.


Part of what I did with my extra day in the States before leaving for Europe was catch up on the ibarw del.icio.us -- at least in terms of compiling links to read when I got back.  ~60 posts got added to while I was away, hence the "part 1" in the title.


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Subject: From The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

Our benchmark for Americanness is apple pie. But ask yourself: How often do you eat apple pie? How often do you eat Chinese food?

Jennifer 8 Lee

Link thanks to Marginal Revolution.
I think this is my favorite of all the IBARW stuff I've read so far.

[Edit: oyceter reviewed the book.]


sparkymonster made a couple fashion posts:
* [IBARW] Alek Wek: The First Model I cared about
* [IBARW] The All Black Issue of Vogue


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qiu xiaolong, 'death of a red heroine;' and on chinese family names (stephiepenguin) made me think of Ro Laren (ST:TNG).

From the altfriday5:
This week's questions were written by Guest Questioner sparkymonster in honour of International Blog Against Racism Week. She provides this link to helpful reading: http://seamonkey.ed.asu.edu/~mcisaac/emc598ge/Unpacking.html

1. List 5 things which are basic common knowledge in your culture, which people outside are unfamiliar with. This is not about obscurity, but something everyday to you, that others go "bzuh?" at.

2. What was the last book you read that was written by a person who is a different race than you? Do you seek out books written by people of other races? Why? Why not?

3. What did you eat at dinner last night? Would you call it ethnic food? Why?

4. Has your gender presentation changed over the last 5 years? Has this change/lack of change been a deliberate choice on your part?

5. Do you discuss race and racism in your livejournal/blog or in person? Why have you made that choice?

6. Bonus question. Were you aware of International Blog Against Racism Week? Did you choose to participate in it? Why or why not?

Follow up in your LJ, or this one, and post links to discussions here.
Edit: Per Lorraine's request, I answered these in comments.

100 Greatest Sexy Moments (movie&tv)

So, S6 BtVS made #40 on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Sexy Moments. Of course i had to skim the full list. I haven’t even heard of nevermind seen most of these, though it did remind me of a number of movies that i really should see. And i felt the need to include a selection of the lists for Emma ;)
  • 91. The Cook, The Thief, His Wife And Her Lover (1989)
  • 69. The Hunger (1983)
  • 62. My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
  • 40. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (2001)
  • 25. Women In Love (1969)
              for the snippet: "it features a cinematic first - a nude male wrestling scene"
  • 22. Xena The Warrior Princess (1997)
  • 18. Top Gun (1986)
              for the talk about homo-eroticism
  • 16. Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  • 12. Showgirls (1995)
              okay, that one’s for Joe
  • 11. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  • 8. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
  • 7. Queer As Folk (1999)
              It’s a British list, so of course it’s the British version.
  • 3. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
              I forget if we’ve mentioned it, but the blurb begins, "Energetic low-budget vampire nonsense from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino."
tell me a story [lizzieb]


Why is club_joss always Spike/Xander? It was something else like once, and i was busy that week.

I reread Good Omens (mostly aloud) on the drive home from Maryland and was struck by how much i wasn’t interested in slashing Crowley and Aziraphale. Though stuff like “Saturnalia” that deals with them interacting with each other is cool. I rather suspect they’ll end up on the growing list of fanon pairings that i get sold on in well-written fic but then when i revisit the source text i think “No way.”

I also need to reread Sandman series (and American Gods). (P.S. Neil Gaiman’s love for G. K. Chesterton makes me sad, because Chesterton drives me up a wall.) Of course, on diadeloro’s suggestion, i’ve started Sharon Shinn’s Samaria books, which is a whole lot of pages. Plus my copy of The Historian arrived at the library.

My brother was griping about current movies and i lent him my Firefly DVDs so he could watch Serenity when it comes out. He skipped the “Serenity” pilot because he wasn’t sure he wanted to stay up for more than one episode, so his introduction to the series was “The Train Job.” He next watched “Bushwhacked” and in talking to him later, he says he thought that was a better intro to the series (than “Train Job” -- he still hasn’t seen “Serenity” to my knowledge) which i thought was interesting, and makes me curious to rewatch those episodes. (Though i already have suspicions based on my knowledge of my brother and my recollections of the episodes in question.)

While in Maryland i caught a couple episodes of Are You Being Served?, which i hadn’t seen since i was about ten. Emma was so right about John Inman though i so didn’t see it as a child, and i do still so enjoy the show. I also saw my first ever episode of Waiting for God. Heart Diana (to no one’s surprise).

I was reading some old Playboys, and one of them had a vote for the Playmate of the Year thing, so they had pictures of all 12 or whatever on one page, all in about the same pose, and i was struck by how nearly identical they looked (the boobs being the really eerie part). The following pages with larger pictures showed that they weren’t all Caucasian, but they were close. It made me wanna write porn -- the erotic chemistry, not so much the explicit sex -- ‘cause Playboy is just so unerotic.

One issue had an article on sex in movies. mmmdirtybadwrong. Highlights: the threesome scene in Wild Things was recommended, i learned that there’s an unrated version of Eurotrip with excessive nudity, and Murderous Maids made me think of certain friends of mine.

I read an interview with Dustin Hoffman in which he says he and Jon Voight in Midnight Cowboys played their characters’ relationship gay. (I really should watch that movie, huh?) Ditto Hook and Smee in Hook.

From the June 27, 2005, Sports Illustrated Score Card (“Ivy Leagues” by L. Jon Wertheim, 20-21):
As Gene Wojciechowski, author of Cubs Nation recently put it, “Cubs and Red Sox fans share fatalism, but Cubs fans’ fatalism has always been wrapped in cotton balls, still soft, a little bunny. Sox fans’ fatalism was wrapped in razor wire.”