Reading Eric Flint’s posts has brought to me a point about reading diversity.
From the comments. William Underhill:
The other thing that did peturb me is K. Bradford’s recommendation to cut back on reading works by white male authors. As a reader, I’m not really interested in the sex, ethnicity, politics or sexual orientation of the writer; I want to know if they’re going to tell me a good story.
Here’s the thing. We’re all creatures of habit, of convenience. For me, anyway, its easy to get into reading ruts and I suspect I am not alone. I really am curious if the people who claim to “not care” about the writer’s identity really are that disconnected from writers as people.
For me, I found that if I don’t make a conscious effort to seek out different voices, diversity just doesn’t happen as much as it might. And its my loss if I don’t read diversely. So I have made a conscious effort to read more books by women this year (I had decided to do so before Tempest’s challenge as part of my work at Skiffy and Fanty).
I think its a good challenge. Its exposing me to authors I might not have otherwise read.
I’m back from Arkansas! Here’s the
Miles Traveled from home to Sherwood: 973 miles
Miles Traveled from Sherwood to home: 1088 miles
State Capitols seen:
National Parks Visited:
Hot Springs NP
State Parks Visited:
Other Sites Visited:
Bill Clinton Presidential Library
Camera Lenses Broken:
3 (including two requiring a pull-over)
Meat and Threes eaten:
1) The Avengers (A+)
2) Guardians of the Galaxy (A+)
3) Iron Man 1 (A+)
4) Thor (A)
5) Captain America: The Winter Soldier (A-)
6) Captain America, The First Avenger (B+)
(The Howard Tayler Threshold of Awesome is here. Movies above this I rewatch again and again)
7) Iron Man 3 (B)
8) The Avengers: Age of Ultron (B-)
9) Thor: The Dark World (B-)
10) Iron Man 2 (C-)
I didn’t bother putting the Norton Hulk on this list. I’m not even sure how much of its canonical at this point.
Speculative Fiction 2014, edited by Renay Williams and Shaun Duke is out today (and published by The Book Smugglers).
As it so happens, an essay of MINE, is in it, too.
Mike J Martinez has some kind words to say about me and my interview.
On Skiffy and Fanty, I review THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER by Beth Cato.
From Loncon3 last year, I am one of the Skiffy and Fanty crew talking to Eric Choi.