A busy week

January 21, 2009

On Monday night I went to Skeptics in the Pub where I heard a talk by Rebecca Watson (from Skepchick and the Skeptics Guide to the Universe) on Women’s Intuition and Other Fairytales. It was really good.

Last night I had a dinner with work people. At least I got free food!

Tomorrow night I’m going to a talk by Virginie Despentes called Exploding the Myth of Femininity. Virginie Despentes wrote the novel and film Baise-Moi (currently banned in Australia, I believe), a violent, rape-revenge fantasy that contains ‘actual sex’, OMG! I am planning on watching the film tonight so I’ve seen it before seeing her talk. She is actually talking about her new book on feminism called King Kong Theory.

On Saturday there’s a Zinefest at the Women’s Library which sounds quite fun. The Women’s Library currently has the exhibition Between the Covers: Women’s Magazines and their Readers (Until Wednesday 1 April 2009, entrance free), and as part of the Zinefest on Saturday, there is a comics exhibition and stallholders selling zines and comics (and other DIY media, I imagine) and workshops.

Details:
Zinefest
The Women’s Library
25 Old Castle Street
London
(Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations)
Saturday, 24 January, 2009
12- 4pm
Free

Workshops:
12-1.30pm Self-publishing 101 (seminar room)
12- 2.15pm Screen Your World -Printing Desire (activities room) I believe the screen-printing workshop is booked out now.
1.30-2pm and 2-2.30pm Zine Tour (meet at reception)
2.30-4pm Radical Publishing Panel (seminar room)
12-4pm Comic Exhibition (cafe space)
12-4pm Stalls (mezzanine)

Check them out on myspace and We Make Zines on ning.

I don’t really make zines anymore and hardly read them, so I’m looking forward to picking some up on the weekend. I want to get back into making zines this year, so hopefully this will help kick-start it.

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I’ve recently finished reading: The Myth of Mars and Venus by Deborah Cameron

August 11, 2008

The cover of the Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages? by Deborah Cameron
Read a review at my Spinster blog.


I've recently finished reading: The Myth of Mars and Venus by Deborah Cameron

August 11, 2008

The cover of the Myth of Mars and Venus: Do Men and Women Really Speak Different Languages? by Deborah Cameron
Read a review at my Spinster blog.


Fagette by Athens Boys Choir

July 31, 2008

Fagette is a trans-fabulous Sunday in the park. It’s croquet gone gay, drag-tastic cheerleaders, and synchronized dance, all in an Astroturf wonderland.


Book Clubs

July 21, 2008

A week ago, Paul and I hosted our second bookclub. This month’s book was Spud by the South African John van der Ruit. It was a funny, very easy-to-read book set in an elite boys boarding school in South Africa in 1990 – the year that Nelson Mandela was let out of jail and that apartheid was ended. It wasn’t very political or deep but it made me laugh a lot and I even cried. Next month we’re reading Y: the Last Man, a comic set on Earth where all the male humans and mammals have died except for one man (and his male pet monkey). I have read the first two volumes and wasn’t that impressed – it was interesting but I got the feeling that the writers thought they were being feminist but I wasn’t all that convinced that they knew what they were doing.
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Interesting books, myths of mars and venus, poetry

October 8, 2007

I was just looking at Neil Gaiman’s blog where he linked to a recording of a radio show he appeared on last week (The Verb, on the BBC’s Radio 3). I had a listen and it was quite interesting. Apart from hearing Neil Gaiman talk about writing, and reading from a children’s novel he is currently writing, I also heard from a couple of interesting writers.
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