WWWednesday: March 18, 2020

The Meal of Lord Candlestick by Leona Carringtonn

The Meal of Lord Candlestick by Leona Carrington

I hope you are all safe, healthy, and, if you live in the USA, you have toilet paper.

This is the CDC’s COVID-19 site. Much of the information is general, but it’s all in one place.

Books and Writing:

The Minecraft virtual “loophole” library holds works by banned and murdered journalists. An inspiring story.

LitHub shares indie booksellers’ recommendations.

Publishers Weekly takes a look at the state of diversity in the conventionally-published romance field, and finds it little changed.

At Tor.com, this article introduces five characters who seek redemption.

Nerds of a Feather discusses six books with Ilana C. Myer.

The UK Guardian offers a roundup of recently-reviewed British speculative fiction.

Birdbath by Leona Carrington

Birdbath by Leona Carrington

Gatherings:

Left Coast Crime, the California-based mystery writing convention, was left in a precarious position last week. The convention committee is still working on how to award its Lefty award for excellence in mystery writing.

TV and Movies:

Many movie release dates have been delayed as states discourage large group meetings in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Mulan is one. This article goes into a bit more detail about the villains and the film in general. And it’s a pretty movie.

Ancient Origins provides information about the original source material for Mulan.

Collider interviewed Jade Tailor about The Magicians, just two days after she received word that the show had been cancelled.

And here, the cast says “thank you” to its fans.

Jezebel wants you to meet The Great Pottery Throw-Down.

Here’s one I didn’t see coming; the parallels between Olivia Pope from Scandal and Buffy the Vampire Slayer from the show of the same name.

Reader Recommendations:

Some of you may be staying home these days, and I’m pretty sure you’re not watching sports, because there aren’t many. Tell us in comments what you’re reading, what games you recommend, what you’re watching or binge-watching. One commenter will win a copy of “Her Silhouette Drawn in Water” signed by author Vylar Kaftan.

Collider reviews Beastars, which sounds weird and wonderful.

If you are staying at home, you might want to do some cooking. Mary Ann Mohanjraj’s Sri Lankan cookbook (which can be ordered online) offers recipes you may not have encountered, and Sri Lankan takes on dishes that are familiar. If you’re worried about too much heat in the spices, reduce the amount of cayenne used. If the recipes incorporate spices that aren’t in your pantry, and you hesitate to go out shopping or think they won’t be available, most of them can be ordered online.

Giveaways:

I live in a northern San Francisco Bay Area county that is most likely going to declare us all grounded, or “essential errands only” by tomorrow. This means that if I am holding a book you win in the Giveaway, it may literally be a few weeks before I can get it mailed. And I may not be the only reviewer this applies to. Please adjust your expectations.

Internet:

Helen Hamilton Gardener was a suffragist, a crusader and a self-made woman.

Games:

Kotaku shares a resource that offers players over 700 games.

World:

A cat museum.

From PBS’s Nature, a foster-mother sea otters adopts an orphan pup. About 3.20 minutes long.

Images:

Leona Carrington was a Mexican painter and writer who was born in Britain in 1917. She lived most of her life in Mexico City. Thanks to the Carrington Museum of Latin American art.


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MARION DEEDS, with us since March 2011, is retired from a 35-year career with county government, where she met enough interesting characters and heard enough zany stories to inspire at least two trilogies’ worth of fantasy fiction. Currently she spends part of her time working at a local used bookstore. She is an aspiring writer herself and, in the 1990s, had short fiction published in small magazines like Night Terrors, Aberrations, and in the cross-genre anthology The Magic Within. On her blog Deeds & Words, she reviews many types of books and follows developments in food policy and other topics.

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6 comments

  1. John Smith /

    I’ve always loved Leonora Carrington’s artwork! I bought a collection of her stories a couple years ago, because her writing is so beautiful and clever in its surreality, but I have yet to read it, which is very lazy of me. The book looked online like it would be much larger, because the cover dimensions are quite wide, but it’s actually quite a small book!

    • I really should read more about her too. She was a fascinating person. I think next week I will have some artwork by Remedios Varos.

  2. Sethia /

    Hey Marion, I hope your staying safe, that’s priority number one. We will get our books when we get them ( I think the mail is running slower anyways :) ). I’m very sad about The Magicians being canceled, I really enjoyed that show, probably my favorite on tv right now:(.
    I didn’t catch the giveaway title in the article. Is it a book from the stacks or do you have special on picked out?

  3. John Smith, if you live in the USA, you win a copy of HER SILHOUETTE DRAWN IN WATER!
    Please contact me (Marion) with your US address and I’ll have the book sent right away. Happy reading!

    • John Smith /

      Great news! I have emailed the sonic address.

      I understand it might take a while to ship anything, and I’d discourage anyone from going on unnecessary trips to the post office or store. Maybe a grocery store sub-post office in weeks or months would be the ticket.

      Thank you!

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