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Hello hello! /shy wave/ It’s been a VERY long time, but I’m finally back in the saddle. Since this week is busy with moving prep (Paris, here I come) have a few links to what I’ve been reading over the past few months!
It’s a few weeks late, but in honour of Pride Month, here are six Indian LGBTQ-themed books. (I can feel my TBR pile growing as we speak…)
I ran screaming from maths after 10th standard (thank you, CBSE…) but this article on the history of the equals sign (and how maths became a layperson thing) is fascinating.
I’m as foul-mouthed as they come (although I’m trying to be better about gendered slurs) but I couldn’t agree more: There are far worse things to say in front of kids than the F-word.
As a writer, this post from Zoe Kazan about what she learned from her screenwriter parents was pretty cool.
Public libraries are AMAZING. As is what one in Brooklyn is doing to help the homeless people in its locality.
And finally, in honour of the fact that I’m going to be moving out soon (eep!) a list of nine essential tools for every apartment dweller.
Happy Wednesday, everyone! What are you all reading? Tell me in the comments!
Some stuff I’ve been reading this past week:
Sairee Chahal noticed that over half of India’s working women quit their jobs because they didn’t have enough flexibility to manage both work and home, and she’s started a platform to change that.
If you’re a writer (and even if you aren’t) go read this Storify on how to write disabled characters.
I LOVE 18-year-old Mumbai artist Priyanka Paul’s modern reimaginings of various goddesses.
The Intersectional Women’s Reading List. ‘Nuff said.
Fascinating look behind-the-scenes at Lucasfilm, specifically how tightly they control the story. (You’d think, with all that, they’d be better about not killing off female characters for no reason…)
File under Libraries Are Awesome: The Harvard Library That Protects The World’s Rarest Colours. So going on my list of places to visit!
Mostly I’m happy I left journalism. Then I remember that it’s not all Bollywood and muckraking:
Michael Jackson has a new album out. Yes, he’s still dead. I love this article on why we can’t say goodbye to dead musicians.
I’m not the biggest fan of Nicholas Kristof, but I do like this article (in the wake of the recent kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria) on how the best way of combating militancy is education, and specifically educating girls.
Sadly, I have had no personal need of this (yet, at any rate) but it’s always good to brush up on good sex manners.
As a huge DC/Marvel fan, I love this illustrated guide to all the different kinds of comics out there.
Hugely important for anyone interested in writing The Other, especially from a position of privilege: Your Terra Incognita Is My Home.
The 9/11 Museum has a gift shop, and some people aren’t happy about it. What do you think? Personally, I have no problems with it; gift shops provided needed income to museums… and a jumping-off point for guests to educate themselves further, both good things.
When I was in grad school- and again when I was working full-time- I often rarely had time to breathe, let alone relax. I’m bookmarking this article from Fashionably Light on ways to find calm even when you’re busy for the next time life gets hectic.
J’adore: French schoolboys wore skirts to protest sexism in schools. Allez les garçons!
It’s been a busy week, loves, so no funny story this time, just links. 🙂
I was lucky to be taught The Tempest by a fantastic teacher back in high school, but even so, I love this list of Shakespearian sex jokes.
Wonder Woman? Power Man? Super Girl? If ever you’re confused by DC and Marvel’s list of heroes (and heroines) with pretty much the same names, Comics Alliance has a chart that breaks it down for you.
I’m worth 9 goats. What about you?
It’s sad to see how deeply racism is entrenched in American culture. The ice-cream truck, really?
Guys. Feminists are not your friends.
Octopuses (Octopi? Octopodes?) are fascinating. And kind of scary, to be honest.
I love this super-detailed post from The Fresh Exchange on travel planning. Great stuff!
Finally… I love this feature on P. Rajagopal, the (convicted murderer, apparently!) who founded Saravana Bhavan.
Displaced Desi has a new look! There will be more changes coming to the blog in the future, for the better, I hope! For now, though, here’s this week’s links!
Fascinating write-up of a journey on the Vivek Express, the longest train journey in India.
Feminispire asks: Does Your Lifestyle Make You Unworthy of Feminism?
@#!%&! As someone who has a bit of a potty mouth, I love this history of swearing from Salon.
We Have Always Fought. If you write- hell, even if you don’t- drop everything and read this article about how wrong we’ve got the narrative of female characters, especially those who fight.
Why do Men Put Me In The Girlfriend Zone? Priceless.
For the past week, it’s been threatening to rain and give the city some relief from the oppressive summer heat. No rain yet- clouds, get a move on! In the mean time, have some links:
Diagon Alley is coming to Universal Studios. Best news ever Y/Y?
Love this list of 10 things you probably didn’t know about lipstick.
Very important: Just because you like it doesn’t make it feminist.
Love, love this: Coverflipped takes books written by men and reimagines what their covers would look like if they’d been written by women.
Ha! Love what these game devs did to combat their game being pirated.
And finally… is not this Fairy Tale Battle Royale the best thing ever?
Hello, everyone! Long time no blog. Hopefully that’s going to change now. For the moment, have a few links.
With all the brouhaha at DC recently, it’s easy to forget that sometimes, comics can be sublime, beautiful, the perfect expression of what it means to be a hero. Like these gorgeous, minimalist posters by Adam Thompson that combine images of heroes with the inspirational, sometimes profound things they’ve said.
Love these pulp redesigns of the covers of classic novels. Pride and Prejudice is probably my favourite.
We don’t hear near enough stories like this one. Via Aunty Beeb, the Muslims who saved Jews from the Holocaust.
It’s a little late, but I really like this article on the feminist case for Fashion Week.
One more reason to hate Twilight: Proof that Kristen Stewart is actually a talented actress who got stuck playing a vapid wet noodle.
This week seems to be movie week chez Desi… I saw the Hobbit on Saturday (two thumbs up), going to see Les Miserables tomorrow (Anne Hathway AND Hugh Jackman? Gimme!) and the Hunger Games on DVD (in English this time) this weekend. Which means, hopefully, lots of review posts soon. In the meantime, though, have some links!
Something always rubbed me the wrong way about Femen, but it wasn’t until I read this article about the neocolonialism and Islamophobia inherent in their whole ideology that I figured out what it was.
Ereaders/library cards at the ready: The Electric Typewriter has a great list of 100 Great Non-Fiction Books.
Anyone who knows me knows that a) I’m a feminist and b) I’m a Disney fangirl. I love this ranking of Disney princesses from least to most feminist by The Nerve.
I love this article: Memoirs of a Modest Slut (trigger warnings for talk of sexual assault and slut-shaming.)
While on the subject of slut-shaming/women and their bodies, have a look at this great article by Molly Crabapple on her time as a professional naked girl.
And finally, for your weekly dose of cute/awesome/geeky, here are some adorable comic book iPhone cases from Chara-Cases. (I want all of them, every single one. And I don’t even have an iPhone.)
So the WB Studio tour post is coming along, surely but slooowly. And that mainly because I keep getting distracted by the awesomeness that is fandom. And also my Europe trip. /sighs/ Europe, tu me manques! In the meantime, have some links!
Via Brainpicker, here’s the amazing John Cleese on the 5 factors that make your life more creative.
So much good stuff in the Huffington Post’s round-up of 25 articles that should be required reading for women.
For all our ongoing talk about rape, rape culture and how we need to prevent both, here’s a big thing that isn’t talked about near enough: The Awful Lie That’s Been Told About Men Since Pretty Much The Dawn Of Time, via Upworthy.
In light of the ever-more-precarious state of bookstores today, especially smaller, more independent businesses, I thought I’d highlight this NYT article on how libraries are adapting to the new literary landscape.
Via my buddy R, a nice article from the Hindu about the idiocy of global university rankings: Comparing Harvard Apples With JNU oranges.
I need to get something off my chest: WIZARDS WEAR ROBES! IT SAYS SO IN THE BOOKS! That said, I love love love this amazing graphic showing Harry, Ron, Hermione, Ginny and Draco in the clothes of their future professions.
… and that’s all, folks! Happy Wednesday!
I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off all week, making plans and setting things in motion that will hopefully work out sooner rather than later- I don’t think I can take many more weeks like this one! Anyway, here’s this week’s Webcrawl Wednesday:
I really like this list of Things Every Single Girl Should Have.
Turns out being a bookworm is even more of a good thing than any of us already thought. Harvard Business Review on the business case for reading novels. (This one gets an enthusiastic thumbs-up from me- reading more makes your brain cells work that much better.)
Although I loved my visit to Italy, the Sistine Chapel wasn’t my favourite- too crowded, too noisy, and way too underwhelming. I wish I’d known about this gorgeous virtual tour of the chapel before my visit to the Vatican.
D-Day was on the 6th of June 1944. In honour of that, here’s an incredible Mental Floss article about female fighters in WWII.
And finally, in honour of my having survived Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman, here’s a history of Snow White on screen from the New Yorker.