From The Guardian, an interesting article about the representation of depression through the ages: From Melancholia to Prozac and, on a sort of related note, on the Cardiff Sci-Screen blog, a short essay about Psychiatrists on the Silver Screen.
From QueerReader, a review of Christopher Bram’s book Eminent Outlaws, a history of gay male authors in America
The Little Red Reviewer reviews Packing for Mars by Mary Roach, which sounds like about as much fun as you can have with a popular science book.
From Tor.com, a review of Caitlin R. Keirnan’s new book, The Drowning Girl, A Memoir (Hat tip: Roz Kaveney on twitter). I haven’t read anything by Keirnan yet, although I’ve heard a lot of good things about her writing.
From the FWord, The Twilighting of Near Dark , a look at how new posters for Kathryn Bigelow’s classic vampire film have been ‘Twilighted’. I don’t have too much of a problem with this if it gets people to watch Near Dark, but yeah …
Peter Bradshaw reviews the new CGI-ridden, budget-blowing SF epic John Carter. He didn’t like it.
There’s been a lot of discussion about the representation of female characters recently with people getting increasingly critical of the term ‘strong female character’. From The New York Times, A plague of strong female characters and (via Foz Meadows on twitter): Tough but Tortured: Why strong female characters shouldn’t need dark pasts to justify their power
Speaking of female characters, from Madame Guillotine, here’s one hell of a real-life historical woman Catherine de Medici
The Mary Sue has a post about a pack of French playing cards from 1902 depicting women of the future. The cards are making fun of feminism, but I can’t help thinking that these women look rather awesome.
Via Charles Stross on twitter, a Joanna Russ book cover fail. Talk about missing the point!
A couple of funny, but telling posts about gender and fandom, via infamy_infamy on twitter, gendered responses to male and female actors and, via @redhead5318 on twitter, What if male superheroes costumes were designed like female superheroes?
And, thanks to @zendirtzendust, something to cheer us up, a picture of Patrick Stewart being awesome and mostly naked
If that doesn’t do it for you, I think you’re a strange person, but try this cat watching Star Wars. The cat makes me think of Woody Allen – so worried and anxious.