Today’s reading

Have you ever found yourself suddenly noticing articles on a topic you were thinking about anyway, as though the internet had noticed your preoccupation and started coughing them up into your lap? Er, nice image there – you can see why I’m a writer. Anyway, it just so happened that yesterday I stumbled upon an article about racism, sexism, and imperialism in Jay Lake’s novel, Green (apropos of nothing: I keep wanting to say “Greg Lake“, because apparently prog rock pervades my entire being).

Then this morning a Facebook friend linked to an article about sexism, racism, and Orientalism in Craig Thompson’s graphic novel, Habibi.

A quick scratch of the internets soon brought me to Appropriate Cultural Appropriation, and beyond to RaceFail ’09.

It’s enough to make a white woman who’s writing about a fantasy culture of dark-skinned people pause and say, “Hmmm.”

I still have things to digest, but I hope to have some thoughts on this tomorrow. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in these topics, happy reading! There’s enough thought-provoking material here to keep your brain busy for a good long time.

6 thoughts on “Today’s reading

  1. I’m looking forward to reading tomorrow’s entry. (Though when is that not true?) I’m thinking about all this stuff extra hard now that I’m someone raising a brown-skinned girl who seems to be headed toward being a big-time reader.

  2. Pingback: Listening to my inner Abdo « Rachel Hartman

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