Little Miss Princess ($3.10 Kindle), by Adam Hargreaves and Roger Hargreaves, is free from Barnes & Noble, courtesy of publisher Penguin.
Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
Rumor Has It: In a town this small, a secret is hard to keep ($2.99 Kindle), by Jill Mansell [Sourcebooks Landmark]
All of the published novels in the Hayley Powell Mystery series by Lee Hollis are on sale for $2.99 or less, each including “seven delectable recipes” from Hayley’s kitchen. A few were on sale this Spring, but this is the first discount for others; Death of a Christmas Caterer comes out just over a month now…
Death of a Country Fried Redneck ($2.99)
Death of a Chocoholic($2.99)
The Wars of the Roses ($1.99 Kindle), by Alison Weir [Random House]
Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends ($2.99 Kindle), by Shannon Hale [Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette]
Caroline B. Cooney has three novels in her Fog, Snow, and Fire series and one stand-alone on sale for $1.99 each [Open Road Media Teen & Tween]. All four feature an illustrated biography and include rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s personal collection.
Bourbon: A History of the American Spirit ($1.99 Kindle), by Dane Huckelbridge [William Morrow / HarperCollins]
I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson ($1.99 Kindle), by Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett [HarperCollins]
Death Trap: An Alaska Mystery ($3.79 Kindle), by Sue Henry [HarperCollins]
An English Affair: Sex, Class and Power in the Age of Profumo ($1.99 Kindle, Kobo), by Richard Davenport-Hines [HarperPress / HarperCollins]; WINNER OF THE POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS POLITICAL HISTORY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2014
Dead Man Stalking ($0.99 Kindle), the fifth title in the Barbara Marr Murder Mystery series by Karen Cantwell [Boundless], is today’s Indie Bargain Book Pick. Just released yesterday, grab it quick, as the bargain price ends Sunday night.
All prices current at the time the post is written. Most bargain books remain at their listed price until “midnight” (each store operates on it’s own timezone and schedule), but prices can change at any moment. I have seen prices change within the hour or even minutes after posting.
delux_vivens has died. Details are still forthcoming. I've been in touch with her mother, who had called to let me know earlier today.
For those of you who don't know of her, she ran Deadbrowalking: The People of Color Deathwatch on LJ. It's died down in recent years but when it was hot, it was hot.
That's all I have for now. When I know more, I'll put it out there.
( Why you gotta do this to me, Nintendo )
Since 2011, Vanderbilt University has upheld an “all comers” policy when it comes to regulating leadership in student groups on campus. The policy says that no student can be barred from a leadership role on the basis of ideological grounds — namely, you don’t have to be a Christian to run for office in a Christian group.
When the policy kicked in years ago, 14 religious groups lost their organizational status rather than adapting to the new policy. One of them was Vanderbilt’s Graduate Christian Fellowship. And this week, one of their former leaders, Tish Harrison Warren, wrote for Christianity Today that her group was “kicked off campus for being the wrong kind of Christians”:
At first I thought this was all a misunderstanding that could be sorted out between reasonable parties. If I could explain to the administration that doctrinal statements are an important part of religious expression — an ancient, enduring practice that would be a given for respected thinkers like Thomas Aquinas — then surely they’d see that creedal communities are intellectually valid and permissible. If we could show that we weren’t homophobic culture warriors but friendly, thoughtful evangelicals committed to a diverse, flourishing campus, then the administration and religious groups could find common ground…
But as I met with other administrators, the tone began to change. The word discrimination began to be used — a lot — specifically in regard to creedal requirements. It was lobbed like a grenade to end all argument. Administrators compared Christian students to 1960s segregationists. I once mustered courage to ask them if they truly thought it was fair to equate racial prejudice with asking Bible study leaders to affirm the Resurrection. The vice chancellor replied, “Creedal discrimination is still discrimination.”
Here’s the thing: Members of groups like Harrison Wilson’s are perfectly free to operate under leaders who best represent their goals for the group. The key is that they have to elect those leaders, and they can’t pull anyone out of the running for believing differently. Hell, they technically could elect someone with opposing beliefs — but why would they? Where are they seeing a threat?
Hemant has written before about student organizations who feared that open policies like this one would lead to infiltration by atheists or gays or some other non-ideal group, who would eventually take over. (As if we would. Ain’t nobody got time for that.) I don’t think that’s what is happening here, though. Harrison Wilson is perplexed by the notion that banning student leaders from expressing certain beliefs — because student groups are fundamentally forums for expression — is discrimination.
She is especially thrown by this because she perceived her group — and her faith — as “pluralistic,” valuing social justice, philosophy and diversity of membership:
The line between good and evil was drawn by two issues: creedal belief and sexual expression. If religious groups required set truths or limited sexual autonomy, they were bad — not just wrong but evil, narrow-minded, and too dangerous to be tolerated on campus.
It didn’t matter to them if we were politically or racially diverse, if we cared about the environment or built Habitat homes. It didn’t matter if our students were top in their fields and some of the kindest, most thoughtful, most compassionate leaders on campus. There was a line in the sand, and we fell on the wrong side of it.
Let’s flip this scenario around. Let’s say a person comes to a campus LGBT organization’s meeting and tells the group there calmly that he doesn’t believe in marriage equality. Can they debate with him? Certainly. Can the group president pull the person aside after the meeting and ask to have a one-on-one conversation about it? Sure. Challenging one another’s beliefs is a-okay.
But as long as s/he is not harassing anyone, that person cannot be asked to leave. Content-based discrimination violates the First Amendment, stifles discussion, and shuts out underrepresented groups.
Here’s Harrison Wilson’s misguided thesis:
In effect, the new policy privileged certain belief groups and forbade all others. [No... but the old policy did that.]
Religious organizations were welcome as long as they were malleable: as long as their leaders didn’t need to profess anything in particular; as long as they could be governed by sheer democracy and adjust to popular mores or trends; as long as they didn’t prioritize theological stability. Creedal statements were allowed, but as an accessory, a historic document, or a suggested guideline. They could not have binding authority to shape or govern the teaching and practices of a campus religious community.
Beliefs are not forbidden under this policy. Rather, freedom from creedal requirements encourages students to bring those beliefs to the forefront of conversation, comparing, contrasting, and counter-pointing; isn’t discussion so much more beneficial and engaging when there are different viewpoints represented? Colleges and universities, even Christian ones, are sites of inquiry and collaboration and exchanges of ideas. These processes cannot happen if individuals are mechanically shut out of the system on the basis of belief.
Atheists legally must be allowed to run for leadership positions in religious groups, but students aren’t required to vote for them. Clubs must uphold everyone’s right to free expression in their operation, but members are not obligated to denounce or hide their beliefs. The author is mistaking an inclusive organizational culture for a personal attack on her faith. This isn’t about being the “right” or “wrong” kind of Christian; it’s about leveling the playing field for every kind of Christian and non-Christian alike.
It turns out that 22-year-old Eric Minerault (below) was burning up and urinating on a wet Bible.
He was dressed in black and was wearing a long, black and red robe and a pentagram necklace… He said that he chose the mission because he believed it was a place of Christian worship and he was “cursing the Christians”. The officers asked him why and he said because he is the “Dark Lord”.
Minerault was charged with “Unlawful Symbol Burning” and put in a detention facility.
In case, like me, you were wondering how burning a symbol was a crime, this particular state law only applies when you’re burning a symbol on someone else’s property without their permission and with the intent to intimidate others. Makes sense.
What he did was stupid, whatever his reasons were. It’s one thing to desecrate a symbol in protest; it’s another to damage church property in the process.
Minerault didn’t immediately respond to my requests for comment. I’ve also reached out to the Mission to find out if there was any property damage and if they needed any help.
***Update***: A Mission official told me (via email): “the young man was never able to light the fire he wanted so there is no damage or need for clean up.” Glad to hear that.
(via The Smoking Gun. Thanks to Dave for the link)
Black Projects White Knights by Kage Baker
Short story collection in the The Company 'verse. I've had Kage on the back burner while I work on my Martha Wells stack, but I think it's time to swap out again. This was a really fun collection of stories from people I have and haven't met beofere and it gives come cool glimpses of the bigger picture in some stories while others are just fun essays in being or knowing an immortal cyborg with knowledge of the future.
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There Goes the Neighborhood:Ten Building People Loved to Hate by Susan Goldman Rubin
Good pictures, good selection of buildings and opinions, not a treasure, but not half bad.
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Bootleg: Murder Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition by Karen Blumenthal
I feel SO BETRAYED by how much of this book was about the temperance movement and how little was about exciting criminal action. LIES. FALSE ADVERTISING. BAIT AND SWITCH. Buuut the narratives about al Capone and the little kid who helped with his parents' speakeasy et al. were pretty snazzy. Good job making stories about everything. Stories are memorable. (Totally was having 'how can I apply this to steve and bucky?' thoughts the whole book.)
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How They Croaked:The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous by Georgia Bragg, Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
Grisly, gore-y and disturbing, just as advertised! Good storytelling, fun facts.
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Janis Joplin: Rise up Singing by Ann Angel
Super lovely, sad ending <3
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Temple Grandin: How The Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery
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Really super neat! Love inventor bio/stories.
What I'm Reading
The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo
Eeee, guys I LOVE IT SO MUCH. It's so vivid and the scenery is so (heh) ALIVE. And the CHARACTERS. OUR PROTAG IS WONDERFUL. Our supporting characters are FANTASTIC. I am a happy listener.
AND LOOK! In the author's blog, I found her entry of when she did the book recording and it had a Soundcloud of the first chapter!
Read, to feel podficcer-like feelings, listen to FALL IN LOVE AND JOIN ME IN LOVING THIS BOOK.
( Soundcloud player under the cut! )
Also reading: The Life of the World To Come by Kage Baker
Only 30 min in, but it's got Mendoza!
What I'm Reading Next
Kage Baker? Martha Wells? More YA Nonfiction???
“A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”
Why is this one of the things recommended for me on my dash.
There’s so much wrong with this.
1. The quote is bullshit, and indicative of everything terrible about our society, which constantly puts the pain of the abuser above those they abuse.
2 It also grossly furthers the idea that all victims are potential abusers. Which has real life ramifications, because this is actually something that survivors of child abuse fear and one of the reasons they do not always come forward.
3. Bucky has no goddamn business being in this set. He wasn’t a villain. He actually was a victim.
4. We saw Anakin’s story. We KNOW his story. Cool story, bro, but you still murdered children. You are not now and never shall be a fucking victim, but those babies were, so fuck you and fuck your defenders and especially fuck anyone who would think that you are a goddamn victim.
5. We know Magneto’s story intimately. It has been told often. He was a victim once. And then he decided that Genocide was okay.
6. Fuck Fake White Khan and we do in fact know Real Khan’s story. He did think he was a victim, but no, he was not. He was a complicated and amazing villain that went against the typical type of POC villains that we get - he was brilliant and clever and not just a “thug.” But he was not a victim (no, not even after the neighboring planet went boom.)
7. We know Loki’s story too. It’s one of a whiny spoiled brat who keeps trying to commit genocide.
tldr: Bucky has no business being in this set. The rest of these people are murderous terrible people. They are not victims, though some of them were once.
I waited to reblog this, specifically for someone to express this^^. tumblr delivered.
Since I know a number of you cook, I invite you to create a recipe from the book. If you’re interested, pick an item (or as many as you like) from below the cut, create a recipe, ideally photograph the result, and write out the recipe. I will put it on the site and credit you under whatever name you like. I’m fine with multiple recipes for the same dish, so more than one person can pick the same dish. No payment, so only do this if it sounds fun. And please feel free to link if you have friends who might have fun with this.
Depending on how geeky you want to get, this is after the apocalypse in Los Angeles, so in the book, all ingredients are either locally grown or imported from the surrounding area. Rice is a rare delicacy, and tea is not available at all. (Coffee is grown in Santa Barbara, and is moderately expensive but widely drunk.) Local grains are wheat, corn, and barley. You can either ignore this limitation or work with it, up to you.
Note that one of the characters is an experimental chef, hence some of the weirder dishes.
All food mentioned in the book is below the cut-tag; spoilers if you think that’s spoilery. ( Read more... )
⌈ Secret Post #2796 ⌋
Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.
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What is up, my friends? It's that time again. Gather 'round, because it's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Oliver Ike.
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