Book Rating Categories That Should Exist (Because Star Ratings Can Be Useless) [BOOK RIOT]

I try to keep track of the books I read so that I don’t accidentally pick it up again thinking it’s new (that has happened a lot). If you’re like me, however, a simple Likert scale is more a source of frustration than help. Clearly, I am not the only Rioter who has issues with this system. I need a more nuanced system to keep track of my thoughts on the books I have read. Here are some categories that I desperately need when rating books:

The Science of Depression

The Women Who Dress Like Men: Shoujo Staples of Anime and Manga — Part 3 [The Mary Sue]

Welcome to a three-part series where Caitlin Donovan gives you an in-depth look at three of the biggest staples in this particular subsection of shoujo manga and anime: stories with female main characters who live their lives in male dress. You can read part one here and part two here. But whether a show or comic has a lot to say about gender or a little, there’s still a lot to explore, so let’s get going with part three!

The Problem With "Lucy" And White Feminism [xoJane]

"Lucy" begins in Taiwan and all the villains are Asian so the question has to be posed: Why is Lucy white? What kind of decision was that, if not one that was specifically done to reinforce the Yellow Peril trope? They could have easily set it in America and avoided the Orientalist garbage that the movie became, or set it in Taiwan and cast a Taiwanese actress. The decision to make Lucy a young, white, American woman is one that unfortunately can’t be brushed aside, because it provides the context for many of the racist undertones. 

Listening to Welcome to Night Vale (18 - The Traveler)

A traveler arrives in Night Vale. What does he want? Why has Jerry’s Tacos returned? Plus, the mayor calls an emergency press conference, another round of corrections, and a look at the community calendar.

The lead story in this episode was contributed by Zack Parsons. Find out more about Zack’s novel, LIMINIAL STATES, at liminalstates.com.

Weather: “Jews for Jesus Blues” by Clem Snide clemsnide.com

Music: Disparition, disparition.info

Logo: Rob Wilson, silastom.com

Produced by Commonplace Books. Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. More Info: welcometonightvale.com, and follow @NightValeRadio on Twitter or Facebook.

I Don't Know How to Talk to White People About Ferguson [xoJane]

I’m so afraid that I’ll be let down by white people when I speak up about how I see myself in the faces of the black people on the news in Ferguson, MO that I would rather suffer in silence. Because I don’t know how to tell people that I’d rather be let down by white society than be let down by white individuals.

The Women Who Dress Like Men: Shoujo Staples of Anime and Manga — Part 2 [The Mary Sue]

Welcome to a three part series where Caitlin Donovan gives you an in-depth look at three of the biggest staples in this particular subsection of shoujo manga and anime: stories with female main characters who live their lives in male dress. You can read part one here, but whether a show or comic has a lot to say about gender or a little, there’s still a lot to explore, so lets get going with part two!

The actors who played multiple roles in Doctor Who [Den of Geek]

Over the course of 50 years, Doctor Who has inevitably reused actors as different characters- there are only so many jobbing actors out there after all. That Capaldi has featured as two other characters in the Whoniverse before taking on the big job is no bar to him playing the character and it might even prove to be a plot point in his first series. With that in mind, here are a couple of the ways in which certain other actors have gotten away with playing more than one character in Doctor Who and its spin-offs.

The Women Who Dress Like Men: Shoujo Staples of Anime and Manga — Part 1 [The Mary Sue]

Welcome to a three part series where Caitlin Donovan gives you an in-depth look at three of the biggest staples in this particular subsection of shoujo manga and anime: stories with female main characters who live their lives in male dress. Whether a show or comic has a lot to say about gender or a little, there’s still a lot to explore, so lets get going with part one!