karen meisner (_stranger_here) wrote,
karen meisner
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items of interest

I will clear out my stockpile of bookmarked links if it kills me.  Here are some items I find to be of interest and perhaps YOU WILL TOO.

* Jim Hines posts an ode to slush reading, Dr. Seuss style:

Do you like fanfic with vamps?

I do not like them Mary Sue.
Why do these vamps all worship you?
 

* Justice to J.D. Salinger - published in the New York Review of Books several years back, but I only happened across it this week, and if you love Salinger as I do, maybe you'll share my delight in Janet Malcolm's take on Franny and Zooey.

* Pattern recognition: A dialogue on racism in fan communities -- a thoughtful conversation at Transformative Works and Cultures, about race and how it gets discussed (especially online) within SF fandom.

* I would really like to get my mitts on a copy of Carl Jung's soon-to-be-published Red Book.

This is a story about a nearly 100-year-old book, bound in red leather, which has spent the last quarter century secreted away in a bank vault in Switzerland. The book is big and heavy and its spine is etched with gold letters that say “Liber Novus,” which is Latin for “New Book.” Its pages are made from thick cream-colored parchment and filled with paintings of otherworldly creatures and handwritten dialogues with gods and devils. If you didn’t know the book’s vintage, you might confuse it for a lost medieval tome. [...]

This could sound, I realize, like the start of a spy novel or a Hollywood bank caper, but it is rather a story about genius and madness, as well as possession and obsession, with one object — this old, unusual book — skating among those things. Also, there are a lot of Jungians involved, a species of thinkers who subscribe to the theories of Carl Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and author of the big red leather book. And Jungians, almost by definition, tend to get enthused anytime something previously hidden reveals itself, when whatever’s been underground finally makes it to the surface.
 
(You know what gets me, as much as anything else? The pictures.)


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