Link collection posts aren’t anything particularly new. I feel slightly guilty as it really is heavily based on Lisa Dempster’s ‘linktown’ posts. Think of my ‘linkshouts’ as me standing on the street corner of the blogosphere and shouting out what I think worth’s reading on current issues and debates around the web.
Jessica Au tackles the question of originality at Spike, the Meanjin blog which answers some of my own questions or poses them more clearly, especially in light of trying find someone who will published My Boss Sucks despite it rehashing certain themes.
Anna Barnes reviews Emily Maguire’s new book Your Skirt’s Too Short at Killings, the Kill Your Darlings blog. It’s a modern book on feminism and women’s sexuality which seems to be an update of her previous book, Princesses and Pornstars which I’m reading at the moment.
On The Guardian Books Blog, Stuart Evans ‘What’s Happened to political fiction?’ but what’s missing in his answer is how someone’s approach to political fiction is based on the political context. James Campbell then speaks to Tariq Ali about how he has turned to fiction in a period where struggle is at a low.
Ryan Paine asks some pertinent questions about the ethics of publishing and argues that young people in the field are naturally conscious of social justice issues and this reflects choices they make in both the production and consumption of literature and published material. I don’t really have too many answers myself but it is worth thinking about.
One of the major political questions in the world at the moment is the British elections, the hung parliament, coalitions and the stability of those in power. Whilst we now know a fucking conservative is the Prime Minster, Lenin’s Tomb raises the controversial argument that a stable government is not necessarily a good thing in the context of all parties wanting to carry out cuts.
Of course, the other major question is Greece and the European debt crisis. There’s numerous stuff around the media to link to, but I won’t link to everything. Are there rules with these link things? Can I link to things that aren’t blogs? I’d like to link to a blog post on Greece but I haven’t read anything that good. Ben Hillier on Socialist Alternative though looks at it from a socialist perspective.
Have a read of those. I’d also remind you to read (and perhaps comment) on my post regarding Margaret Atwood breaking the cultural boycott of Israel; and to attend the rally for same-sex marriage rights if you’re able to get to an Australian capital city this Saturday – Ian McKellen is speaking at the Melbourne rally and there’s more info at Equal Love.
I’m also working on a piece around the questions of political fiction, whether or not they are powerful enough to convince people of a world view, inspire people to action or in the end, change the world. I’m still discussing and thinking it over so I’ll be happy if I get it up sometime next week.