» love and garbage ¦ What You Can Get Away With

There’s still about 1% of it to go, but now’s the time for writing reviews of the year gone by, however I will not be doing so. (If you really feel the need for one, I suggest you read Love and Garbage‘s).

Sadly, it’s not because I’m saving you entirely from it, but because I don’t want to repeat myself. In about a month’s time, this blog turns ten years old, and so I’m planning to do a series of posts looking back over those ten years, of which this year will be just a part. And now I’ve said that in public, it likely commits me to actually doing it – just like all those other posts that I’ve promised are coming that have yet to appear.

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Transcript of all news programmes – Love and Garbage saves you from having to watch them. But they’ll no doubt have a special report to examine why you’re not watching them.
Bloody Nasty People by Daniel Trilling – review – David Edgar reviews what sounds like a fascinating book about the far-right in Britain, but the review itself makes some very good points.
Third draft struggles – Author Benjamin Rosenbaum talks about how swapping the gender of the characters in his novel gave him a whole new perspective. Given the interest this post has provoked, I think there’s a market there for a gender-swapping Scrivener plugin.

Warning: Both the next two links deal with rape and sexual abuse. They’re potentially triggering for people who’ve experienced that or other abuse, but I’ve included them because they’re definitely worth reading.
A fan letter to certain conservative politicians – I wish I could write something as good as this piece by John Scalzi. I wish the world was such that he didn’t have to write it. Again, a massive trigger warning for this piece, which is a piece of midnight-dark satire.
Beneath the law: When the system inherently favors the rapist – Reports from around the world of how those who are meant to be working for the victims of sexual crimes are failing in that responsibility.

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