I’m a little late to the game but finally got around to reading The Cuckoo’s Calling, the first installment of J.K. Rowling’s detective mystery series published under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. The novel follows detective Cormoran Strike and his temp secretary Robin Ellacott as they investigate the suspicious suicide of supermodel Lula Landry. One of the major themes of the book is exploring different experiences of being black in England, engaging in race relations with a nuance often lacking in the Harry Potter universe. Rowling also steps up her disability representation by featuring a protagonist with a prosthetic leg but at the same time seems to make backward progress in her portrayal of women.
On Sunday, February 19th, Allegiance will be broadcast in theaters for a second time. The one night only event last December broke records for Fathom Event sales. “The premiere was its highest-grossing one-night Broadway musical event to date, the 14-year-old company said, bringing in more than $1 million in ticket sales in about 600 theaters.” The filmed Broadway musical focuses on the experiences of Japanese-American citizens in internment camps during WWII. The musical stars George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung, and partially draws from Takei’s own experiences.
In the wake of executive orders trying to protect the country from interior and exterior threats, this story feels all too familiar. There are those Americans rallying against the “Muslim Ban” and those who either don’t see a problem with it or don’t feel it’s their place to speak up. Allegiance is technically a look at the past, but it’s also a frightening possibility for our future. Continue reading What Makes a (Hu)man: Allegiance Back in Theaters Feb. 19
August 26th annually marks the celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote in the United States. This year, we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Women’s Equality Day!
Having had the chance to learn under Marjorie Liu herself, I jumped into Monstress without a moment’s hesitation. Although we live in a time more open to issues of race and sexuality than ever before, very rarely do we see a story like that of the vengeful Maika. According to the writer, the series looks to answer loaded question such as “How does one whom history has made a monster escape her monstrosity?” Through the frame of a deeply-rooted interspecies conflict set in an alternate Asia of the 1900s, Liu explores the many costs that come with war – one of them being the burden of prejudice, of “monstrosity.” Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda’s combination of brutal storytelling and beautiful artwork do well to get these ideas across in an otherwise unfamiliar world.
I’m gobsmacked. I have not seen a sitcom tackle a weighty topic like police brutality since A Different World, which was more than twenty years ago. But this week’s Black-ish dared, and I applaud Kenya Barris for it. The writer and showrunner confessed he’s “never been as afraid about an episode of television that I’ve written in my life.”
That fear, as the episode “Hope” shows, is well-founded. The Johnson family gathers around the television to hear the results of an alleged police brutality case that resulted in the death of an unarmed teenager. It sparks a discussion between the family, with the youngest members confused and wondering what everyone’s so upset about.
The news these days is rough and full of pain happening all over the world: Nepal, Kenya, Iraq, on the Mediterranean, and in the streets of Baltimore. As one of the Co-Editors-in-Chief of the Daily Geekette, I could not let this week pass without us addressing what has been going on in Baltimore. As a website, we have had only limited coverage of the issues around Ferguson and Black Lives Matter. But as a strong believer in the idea that “your liberation is bound up with mine” (a phrase that came from an Australian Aboriginal activist group, c. 1970s), I believe that, as a feminist website, we cannot ignore the oppression of others, much less the repeated killings of young black people.
However, I didn’t want to write about my feelings or share my thoughts about what is going on in a city I have never even visited. That is not my place. Instead I have created a collection of articles written by others, and some additional resources, such as people to follow on twitter. And before the list begins, I want to leave you with two quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. that have been very present for me as I think about this current moment in history:
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”
“A riot is the language of the unheard”
March might be known for coming in like a lion and out like a lamb, but it’s also National Women’s History Month, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. If you’d like to read-up on NWHM, you can view the website for the National Women’s History Project here— the site is chock-full of wonderful information and resources.
In keeping with the theme of women’s history, for this week’s Gal-lery, I asked some of our editors and contributors here at The Daily Geekette to share with us which woman from history they found intriguing, whom they perhaps most admired or found utterly inspirational. Keep reading to discover who Brianna, Kayla, Sarah and I would love the chance to meet!
I admit – I wanted the title of this piece to be a little inflammatory. I held myself back from sounding too angry, but I wanted to catch people’s notice. The world of book criticism has a huge problem, and no matter how many times folks try to point it out, it doesn’t seem to be getting fixed. The rampant racism, sexism, and every other terrible –ism in book reviews needs to stop. There is no good reason for the majority of book critics to be white cisgender heterosexual (cis-het) men, who primarily review books written by fellow white cis-het men. Book criticism could and should be better than that. We, as book lovers, and avid readers, deserve better.