September 12th, 2003


Book Reviewers wanted...

I've been volunteering in an effort to overhaul a fandom site (really, multifandom) that's grown in a sprawling, non-visual way since the late 1990s. There are lots of reasons why I'm really excited about having found this small enclave of published writers, fans, and philosophers, and that will be the subject of another post altogether someday.

Today, my purpose is more pragmatic. Once upon a time, this site was a premier home of book reviews and reviewers, and they want to become so again. There are some good bones in place, though the site is not yet unified and truly navigable. While the work to spiff up the place and make it all visually appealing and easy to find what you want goes on, they are recruiting for reviewers.

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The Search for Spike's Balls

In some of the work for Writercon, I've been in contact with the publisher of a new Buffy essay book (mentioned it earlier in the LJ). I *have* to have this book, if only for this:

“For all the beauty and wonder of Buffy the Vampire Slayer though, branding itself into our culture and collective hearts, I have noticed one disturbing trend in the series: the emasculation of the male characters. I have a theory about this. My belief is that Buffy is, in fact, her own special breed of vampire. Whereas traditional vampires suck the blood from their victims, Buffy drains the testosterone from the characters she is involved with—this appears to be the true source of the Slayer’s power.”

-Sherrilyn Kenyon, “The Search For Spike’s Balls”

The book is here: Seven Seasons of Buffy

It's been a sad week, hasn't it?

I was doing fine, though, until this morning. Managed to repress yesterday in the main, moping for only a short while. But this morning, the first man whose voice ever crawled under my skin and danced passed away. He sang about all the things I couldn't quite understand, and he made me understand them anyway. His voice told stories that his words only touched.

I hope he made it through.

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