Jul. 5th, 2011 04:26 pm
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In no particular order:

Ben Aaronovitch - Rivers of London
This is, in fact, by a white heterosexual nondisabled man, as far as I'm aware. I'm glad I read it anyway. Ace London-set Urban fantasy by someone who really knows multiethnic London

Andrew Ramer - Queering the Text
My dad bought me this in a queer bookshop in San Francisco. Oh is made my heart sing. Short stories, I suppose, queer and Jewish and... transformative

Samual R. Delany - Babel 17
I loved this so much. Along with Queering the Text, this is incredible meta, writing about writing, about language and stories and what they do to us, and how we escape them and recreate them. It's also damn good sci fi.

Octavia Butler - Lillith's Brood
I liked this a lot more than Wild Seed. Explorations of sexuality and consent and pleasure, genetics, assimilation and conquest.

Kader Abdolah - The House of the Mosque
This felt like a very different perspective to most of the rest of the Irani authors I've read recently. I felt more than usually adrift in the history, more aware of my own ignorance. When I read Reading Lolita in Tehran, I was really aware that I couldn't resolve the Khomeini described there with this one.

Rebecca Skloot - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
I learned a lot here. White author, very aware she's telling stories that aren't her own.

Katharine Quarmby - Scapegoat: Why We Are Failing Disabled People
This was hard reading. About disability hate crime, and how it differs to other kinds of hate crime. About the historical context of sanctioned hate crimes against disabled people in the form of scapegoats and witch hunts amongst other things. About the failures of our legal system to cope with people with impaired understanding; about fact independence is not the same thing as abandonment. I read it just before watching the Terry Pratchet assisted suicide documentory, and I suspect it coloured my views, because it is absolutely damning about how we as a culture fail to safeguard disabled people; about the contradictions between when we fail people by too much control over their lives, and when we fail them by too little support in their lives.

Nafisi - Reading Lolita in Tehran
It's actually not much of an exageration to say that this book changed me. I read it slowly, it took me weeks, which is unusual for me. And I learned so much about myself as an academic, as a reader. I learned new perspectives on literature I've taken for granted. If I could have read this when I was studying some of this stuff at Oxford (and initially I thought I couldn't because it hadn't been published yet, but no, it was published in 2003), if I had read this when struggling with The Modern Novel - my life in academia would have been completely different. She knows why literature matters. She shows you how even canon literature - even those dead white men - can be made subversive. I have completely revised my opinions on a number of classical novels I know well; Pride and Prejudice and the Great Gatsby, which I hated at A level; which I felt were banal and pointless. And it's not a book of literary criticism, it's an autobiography. It understands, fundamentally, and centralises, the fact that criticism always says as much about the reader and their contexts as anything else. All that, and it's also full of portraits of smart, strong young women, and a complex, oh so complex, understanding of the Islamic revolution in Iran.


So I'm getting quite aware that when I just pick up supermarket and WHS books by chromatic authors, what I get is an awful lot of stuff clearly influenced by American/Western preoccupation with the Middle East. Since I started deliberately buying one book by an author of colour for every one book I bought by a white author, I'm aware that's meant four Irani authors (two who live in America, one who lives in France, and one who lives in the Netherlands), two Afghani authors (both of whom live in America), one Pakistani author (who lives in America). I've also read some East Asian stuff I got from [profile] vampire_kitten, some Black American scifi I've deliberately looked out on the internet, and one book by a British Indian writer. Despite actively keeping an eye out, I have not yet managed to casually pick anything by a Black African author.

Still, always, looking for good recs.
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I got bothered by a bloke on my way home yesterday. I'm fine, more bemused and angry than anything else. But... I dunno, I feel like 'for the record'ing these things is.... useful?

cut for sexual harrassment triggers )

I'm actually wondering if it's worth going to the police. I know that research suggests that people escalate from that kind of verbal harassment and intimidation to much worse crimes.
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On the 11th of May, that's tomorrow, there will be a protest in London against the cuts. Called 'The Hardest Hit', this is a protest against how the cuts target the most vulnerable in society.

Anyone interested?

Book Log

Apr. 1st, 2011 11:58 pm
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I believe I have not yet in 2011 read a book by a nondisabled white heterosexual man. If I keep this up until 2014 I might just about balance out my Oxford English degree....

Tiger Hills - Sarita Mandanna
Hero - Perry Moore
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini (Oh god I loved this so, so, so much. I'm really quite in love with Khaled Hosseini.)
The Reluctant Fundamentalist - Mohsin Hamid (This was on offer with the Khaled Hosseini in a train station book shop. I am SO GLAD I picked it up. It does really, really clever things with reader response theory and narrative. I have many thinky thoughts about it and would love to write it up properly at some point).
Telling Stories to Change the World: Global Voices on the Power of Narrative to Build Communities and Make Social Justice Claims - ed Rickie Solinger, Madeline Fox, Kayhan Irani
Sociology: The Basics - Ken Plummer

I wanted to read more of: Books by disabled people; books by women of colour, especially queer women of colour; black, queer, and disabled performance studies; black, queer, and disabled sociology; Jewish queer women.

To Do

Mar. 15th, 2011 01:51 pm
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To Do

Send Oily Cart application
Write up Deen Farm stuff
Re-do performance CV for oratorio

ETA: Phone GP Phone back tomorrow at 8am DO THIS
Phone Roehampton Lady Left message on answer phone, hopefully not too garbled. Try again THIS EVE at about 5pm

ETA2: Write up notebook notes from Friday

Work on Magic Flute extract
Find copy of Xerxes
AT LEAST an hour of practice

Work on Entelechy funding
Phone J's home for permission slip

Sort out recordings for Nordoff Robbins application. DON'T DROP THE BALL ON THIS
- Pianist?
- put together recorder rep

- guitar string
- practice keyboard

ETA: God damn reading comprehension I think I'd actually missed the damn deadline on this one before I started putting the application together. I have absolutely no idea why this deadline was in my head as 31st March it appears to have been 31st January. Still, it's sort-of rolling applications - have e-mailed to ask a whole bunch of questions.

Write up project ideas for Better Strangers commission

Disability stuff for BeatBullying
Write up of session for BeatBullying

If possible: Gymn
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Am in halifax. Have no laptop, no reading book, no note and the tv only has three channels and I'm boooooored. Typing and reading on my phone is slow and annoying and I only have gtalk not msn. Can't download films or use youtube on phone cos of data contract.

What should I doooo?
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Dear Flist,
Do any of you have a camcorder or similar I can borrow in the near future? I need to make some videos for my music therapy audition.

Also, and mostly unrelatedly - I would really like to be able to record vocals on to my computer. What do I need to acquire in order to be able to do this? A mic, yeah, but anyone know what kind? Software? I want the software to be as unscary as possible, I don't need to be able to do clever mixing or stuff, but I'd like to be able to multitrack harmonies. User friendlyness more important than cleverness. Any suggestions?



Feb. 8th, 2011 05:27 pm
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Thought I'd write this up, cos it's actually something I'm feeling kinda proud of at the moment - have been doing really well about reading stuff I think is actually interesting and worthwhile rather than just crap. So, since new year I have read:

Swastika Night - Katharine Burdekin
Herland - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Music, Gender, Education - Lucy Green
Whipping Girl - Julia Serano (Yes, I hadn't read this before, so sue me)
Persepolis: Marjane Satrapi
The Woman who Played Go - Shan Sa
The Good Women of China - Xinran (I absolutely loved this one!)
The Long Song - Andrea Levy
Killing Rage - bell hooks (Ohhh I was so glad to have read this one!)

This actually puts me almost on track for 52 Books POC. I am still half way through Frantz Fanon's Black Skin, White Masks, and my next novel is going to be Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna. I feel like I'm finally starting to purge my brain of the Eng Lit Degree Canon Fog. Feels good.
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Helen set me three challenges on #Maelfroth.
1) To write a sonnet
2) To conquer an empire
3) To compliment her husband

Here are the results. )


Jan. 25th, 2011 06:08 pm
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An overturn to the hideous DLA reforms is being proposed in the House of Commons as an EDM (Early Day Motion):

This is a huge step forwards to having our concerns taken seriously. If you believe that the changes to DLA are unfair, please please click the link above write to your MP and ask them to sign the ammendment. (

(If you do not believe that changes to DLA are unfair, try reading this:
or this:
or these:

Even if you believe that cuts should occur, surely, surely these are not the people we should be targeting. Surely these are people that we should be protecting. )
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This is an unlocked link post; it has no identifying information about my place(s) of work or the people I work with. Please make use of this to link it as widley as possible.

National day of action against benefits cuts on the 24th. Can't take time off work? Participate in Troll a Tory campaign. Just like your usual internet procrastiation, only better!

If you are on my flist, you know someone who is affected by these issues. Likelyhood is, if you've been linked here by anyone else, you know someone affected by these issues too.

The student protests had in the region 30,000 people show up. The last action against benefits cuts day had 30 people. That is just not good enough:

Now, lots of people who are on benefits have difficulty getting to protests: they can't afford it, they have mobility issues, they're worried about getting their benefits stopped.

So this means two things: firstly, if you can show up or act, even if you are not directly affected by the cuts, it is so, so important that you do. If you are reading this, you have access to a computer, and you know someone affected. So if you do nothing else, you can sign the petition, here:

Other things you can do include e-mailling your MP (, writing a post in solidarity, linking to The Broken of Britains ( and/or Disabled People Against the Cuts (

More you can do, here:
or here:

Try and do something on Monday if you can! When 30,000 people take to the streets at the same time, it's easy for them to be counted. This is harder! If you are going to do something, even if it's just sign the petition or relink this post, please comment here and let me know. Even if I exclude inactive journals and people I know aren't reading, there must be close to 100 people reading this journal. So let me know you're listening to me when it's important!

If you would physically be at the protest but can't be cos your disability prevents you, let me know! I might even try and get proxy-protestors sorted for people. (If you would be prepared to be a proxy-protester, please also let me know!)

1% fraud. 20% cuts. That's 19% of geniunely disabled people on these benefits, who need these benefits to leave the house and care for themselves, who will no longer recieve them. They might not be 'the most vulnerable of disabled people', whatever that means, but they are extremely likely to be more vulnerable, physically and financially, than the rest of the general population; and certainly than financial service workers and politicians.
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Week 1 Day 1:



I should get a I WORKED OUT YEY icon.
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Happy new year all!

I was planning on posting something about new year's resolutions, and I also still have something to post to the [community profile] yuletide com, but I'm kinda floored for posting properly at the moment cos I've just heard that FWD/Feminists With Disabilities ( is to stop posting. Which, gah, leaves me feeling really quite adrift it the cold hard world of the internet and disability politics. FWD has gotten me through some pretty rough times, has opened my eyes on disability and intersectionality issues of all kind, including some for which I have lived experience, and has generally been one of my absolute all time favourite blogs over about the past year.

For me, 2010 was a year of increased participation in both Disability activism and Disability arts, and I suspect my abiding memories of the year will include sitting in hotel rooms up and down the country reading FWD from the screen of my mobile phone.

I'm... actually quite heartbroken. Odd. Although I only lurked over there and rarely participated, FWD meant a heck of a lot to me.

I am starting BSL classes next week. I am still intending to post something about disability to [community profile] yuletide about Disability. I actually still haven't written up the accesibility stuff I've been meaning to for Odyssey.

FWD will be remaining maintained as an archive. If you're interested in that sort of thing, or if you just want to humour me, go check it out. And if you already know what I'm talking about, toast with me as we make our way Forward to a more accessable future. *nodnod*
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You guys! My [community profile] yuletide story! It is SO. DAMN. SHINY. It is the Coriolanus slash of my dreams! [profile] oxfordgirl, you HAVE to read it.

I knew I was going to love it just from the list of tags: Agricultural Metaphors, Suspicious Wildlife, Manifesting Gods, Aesthetically Pleasing Corpses, Prophesy, Posthumous UST. And I was so, so right.

Flist, go give it a read! You don't have to know the Shakespeare to make sense of it. And while it's slashy, it's not explicit. Especially relevant to those with an interest in Odyssey and/or the Roman Gods.

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Ahaha. Yuletide fic done and posted. Even though this is not the closest I have come to the wire by quite some way, I felt really really close to defaulting this year.

(I did not run a fic exchange on [profile] lrpdrabbles this year. I feel slightly bad about this, but not bad enough to attempt to put something together in the next four days...)
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Only 8 9 days behind! That's practically not behind at all! *grin*

Advent Day 9 - Urban Starling )


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