- From A Piece of Monologue, author Michael Cunningham talks about Virginia Woolf
- A book to check out, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class
- From Tiger Beatdown, Fond Memories of Vagina: How to Recognise Male Lit-fic.
- I love this little song posted on Feministing, ‘I’m not a virgin because virginity isn’t even real’
- And now Tumblr informs me that there is a Star Trek: the Next Generation themed porn movie! Hilarious if you’re a fan of the show (The link is pretty safe since they’re mainly interested in the clothes).
A bit of an eclectic mix this week:
- My new favourite blog is Put on your Picardigan, a blog revisiting and reviewing Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
- On a related note, a list of 46 Things you’ll never see on Star Trek.
- Something completely different, The Johnny Cash Project in which people all over the world draw pictures of Johnny and submit them to this website.
- For Books’ Sake – books by and for independent women.
- Are these the worst lesbian movies ever?
- Via A Piece of Monologue, The 50 Most Essential Works of Jewish Fiction of the last 100 years
- From Bad Reputation, Check out my Ego: Aronofsky’s Black Swan. I’m going to have to see this movie now.
What I’ve been reading this week.
- A review of Red from Bad Reputation. I think I would like to see this film.
- Ro Laren – Template for a SF Heroine from the Hathor Legacy.
- Some awesome album covers from Tor.com.
- An interview with Margaret Atwood which I found via A Piece of Monologue.
- And some Lego movie recreations. The 2001 A Space Odyssey is my favourite.
Some things I liked this week.
- This guy draws post-it note monsters
- Post about Sappho from Eclectic/Eccentric
- Rare Star Trek TNG photos
- Win an eReader and support speculative writers of color
- Shower Products for Men
No 37 in Godard’s list of 100 women in science fiction
Lwaxana Troy is the daughter of the Fifth House of Betazed, the Holder of the Sacred Chalice of Rixx, and Heir to the Holy Rings of Betazed. She is also the mother of Counsellor Deanna Troy who works on board the star ship Enterprise.
The evolution of Lwaxana Troi is a great example of a talented actress breaking the limits originally set by the Star Trek writers. From a feminist perspective, her character’s first appearances are not at all promising. She begins as a figure of fun, the sexist humour being based on the idea of an older woman expressing her sexuality. But, over the course of the series, Lwaxana becomes something far more interesting, a woman who refuses to conform to the emotionally repressed, well-behaved world of Star Trek the Next Generation, a world in which she cannot be anything other than a highly disruptive force. As a result, Lwaxana becomes a point at which emotional authenticity can enter the show, loudly expressing anger, grief and desire, as well as implicitly and explicitly criticising other characters for their conformity, insipidity and self-repression. The only episode of The Next Generation that makes me cry is a Lwaxana Troi episode. Although she plays an alien, Lwaxana is often more ‘human’ than the human characters; she messes up all the time, but her mistakes are always based on genuine feeling. By the time we reach Deep Space Nine, Lwaxana has become a figure of dignity and emotional courage.
Plus her outfits are awesome.
Classic quote: “I’ve lived a full life. Sometimes its overflowed a bit, but I enjoy living”.