Sunday Morning Paper: Write Like a Motherf*cker

Dear Sugar, The Rumpus Advice Column #48: Write Like a Motherf*cker

We get the work done on the ground level. And the kindest thing I can do for you is to tell you to get your *ss on the floor. I know it’s hard to write, darling. But it’s harder not to. The only way you’ll find out if you “have it in you” is to get to work and see if you do. The only way to override your “limitations, insecurities, jealousies, and ineptitude” is to produce.

Trans Women Offer Women’s Colleges a New Way to Support an Old Mission
(I’m quoting myself, as quoted in this article.)

If women’s colleges seek women from diverse backgrounds and to build an inclusive community, that would necessarily mean reaching out to trans women the way they (supposedly) reach out to poor women and women of color.

 Flirting With War: Kantai Collection and the Utility of Moé

Lying beneath the popularity of KanColle and other media like it is an undercurrent that ties into the thread of Japan’s history and the debate over its future. Consider on a granular level the mechanism that hooks players to the game, the step of anthropomorphization. When a battleship of the IJN becomes an anime girl, players begin to think of the newly combined object as more than just a tool of war, but something to care about. The characters are very obviously designed to be moé, to induce that caring or “budding” feeling. … Thinking of hardware in this way brings it closer to us, and, in the case of KanColle, such feelings help to elide the true historical purpose of these vessels, which was to advance the hegemonic cause of the Japanese Empire through force and violence.

Almost All the Books People Say Influenced Them Were Written for Children

It should be noted that though the books may not have had to be the “right books” or “great works of literature,” human nature being what it is, most of the titles on the list are, in fact, the ‘right books,’ by which i [sic] mean, books you can proudly define yourself as a reader of. … No one is listing Fifty Shades of Gray. They are listing books that they think say something complimentary about who they are as a person.

Almost all of these books are YA.

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