Some links, old and new:
- X-Movie: I wanted this to be so much better than it was, and the gender and racial politics were infuriatingly clueless. Commentary you should read about why it was so disappointing: from Genevieve (aside: she's the only person I've seen talk about certain elements of Xavier's characterization that bugged me mightily); from Nora; and Ta Nehisi-Coates in the NYT.
- Related: If you missed Alexander Chee's fabulous essay, "Fanboy," at the Morning News; well, read that too. Snippet: "No one ever asks me why I love the X-Men, even now, but if they had, the answer I’d give is: They were the only ones who knew how I felt. A group of people different from everyone else in the world had found each other—I envied that, and when I read the book, it was like I’d found them too. It was a story that protected me, a dream about difference that let me keep some pride when nothing else helped. I didn’t know how to even ask for what came just by reading that comic."
- Semi-related to all this: Gendercrunching the DC reboot. Ouch.
- Not related to the prior at all! Holly recently posted some really fantastic thoughts about how hard it is to give yourself permission to reimagine and transform your creative life (and, of course, the rest of life, with the aim of letting each better support the other).
- "We Are All Teenage Werewolves."
- I'd be remiss not to mention that Welcome to Bordertown is out! Yay! I hope this fabulous anthology brings a whole new generation of fans to the Borderlands.
- Semi-related: How much do I love Terri Windling's blog? Dog pictures, wisdom, a series of spying on artists and writers' desks.
- If you watch Game of Thrones, you really must read Regina Thorne's recaps on Heroes and Heartbreakers. LOVE THEM.
- Jenny Crusie saying very smart things about linear vs. patterned structure.