Last year, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created Ifemelu, the protagonist and blogger in her novel “Americanah,” one of the smartest and sharpest chronicles of contemporary life on three continents.
Now, readers can catch up with Ifemelu through “The Small Redemptions of Lagos,” at AmericanahBlog.com
. This new blog focuses on Ifemelu’s life in Nigeria, a kind of younger sibling to the novel’s incendiary and anonymous blog, “Raceteenth or Various Observations about American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negros) by a Non-American Black.”
The new installment is no less expressive. Ifemelu’s observations are piercing, even on such subjects as a leaky roof at a Lagos airport or a friend who needs to take better care of herself: “Don’t expect water to taste like Coke. It is not Coke. It is water. And it is better for you.” VIA
You invest so much in it, don't you? It's what elevates you above the beasts of the field, it's what makes you special. Homo sapiens, you call yourself. Wise Man. Do you even know what it is, this consciousness you cite in your own exaltation? Do you even know what it's for?
Dr. Peter Watts
is no stranger to MetaFilter. But look past his sardonic nuptials
, heartbreaking eulogies
, and agonizing run-ins with fascists
) and you'll find one of the most brilliant, compelling, and disquieting
science fiction authors at work today. A marine biologist skilled at deep background research, his acclaimed
2006 novel Blindsight [full text]
-- a cerebral "first contact" tale led by a diverse crew of bleeding-edge post-humans -- is diamond-hard and deeply horrifying, wringing profound existential dread from such abstruse concepts as the Chinese Room
, the Philosophical Zombie
, Chernoff faces
, and the myriad quirks and blind spots
that haunt the human mind.
's last, shattering insight is not the end of the story -- along with crew
, a blackly funny in-universe lecture on resurrecting sociopathic vampirism
), and a rigorously-cited (and spoiler-laden) reference section
, tomorrow will see the release of
Dumbspeech State of Grace Echopraxia [website]
, the long-delayed
"sidequel" depicting parallel events on Earth. Want more? Look inside for a guide to the rest of Watts' award-winning (and provocative) body of work. [more inside]
Inside the Internet’s Craziest Destination for Blogger Hate
"I just like to point and laugh at the absurdity of personal blogging as a career," A. continues. "I mean, people quit well-paying jobs to become personal bloggers. They get book deals so they can put their ramblings in print. They make hundreds of thousands of dollars per year through sponsorships and partnerships. It's all so insane to me, and my only motive is to point, shrug and go, 'WTF?'" [more inside]
Michael Kors has been causing a bit of a sensation in the fashion world recently, as the popularity of the designer's handbags, and in particular, one handbag—called "the Selma"—threatens to dethrone Coach
as the luxury brand to buy (some say it already has
). The Guardian notes
that in the Kors line of handbags, "The details are right: the gold studs on the base, a practical touch so that you can rest the bag on the floor; a printed silk lining; a phone pocket. But the most important detail is very, very simple: the magic £300 price tag." Obsessions and the internet go hand in hand, so here are some of the best reviews of Selma handbags from bloggers who want to share their knowledge with other handbag enthusiasts. [more inside]
At only thirteen years old
, Tavi Gevinson
was proclaimed the world's most famous fashion blogger. At the age of fifteen, she founded Rookie Magazine
, an online magazine aimed primarily at teenage girls. Her newest project? Being a grown up
. (Previously on Metafilter.
This is a collection of Francisco "Puree Tomatoes" Taccir's blog posts from Myspace and Friendster from 2005 – 2010.
Tomatoes was a writer, artist, and addict who was born on February 26. 1977. He died on October 10, 2010 from a heroin overdose. [more inside]
Bill Simmons, Grantland boss and 30 for 30 executive producer, went from a little known Boston blogger to one of the most successful sports writers in the history of American media. Rolling Stone's Rob Tannenbaum took a deeper look at Simmons
Inside The One-Man Intelligence Unit That Exposed The Secrets And Atrocities Of Syria's War
He had no formal intelligence training or security clearance that gave him access to classified documents. He could not speak or read Arabic. He had never set foot in the Middle East, unless you count the time he changed planes in Dubai en route to Manila, or his trip to visit his in-laws in Turkey.
Yet in the 18 months since Higgins had begun blogging about Syria, his barebones site, Brown Moses [previously], had become the foremost source of information on the weapons used in Syria's deadly war. Using nothing more sophisticated than an Asus laptop, he had uncovered evidence of weapons imported into Syria from Iran. He had been the first person to identify widely-banned cluster bombs deployed by Syrian forces. By The New York Times' own admission, his findings had offered a key tip that helped the newspaper prove that Saudi Arabia had funneled arms to opposition fighters in Syria. [more inside]
Have you met Jack?
Author of the popular "eat just as well when you have less" blog, A Girl Called Jack
, Jack Monroe came to widespread attention in the UK and the rest of the world when she wrote a blog entry called "Hunger Hurts"
, in which she detailed how heartbreaking it was for her to realize that she had run out of money and yet she still had a small child to feed and needed to keep the lights on. The NYT has called her "Britain's Austerity Celebrity"
; the Daily Mail hates her as does Edwina Currie, but whether you like her or not, she has created a delightful set of frugal yet elegant recipes
. She even beat Jamie Oliver in an austerity challenge cook-off.
Words, Words, Words: On Toxicity and Abuse in Online Activism:
"There was a time in my life where I took pride in being a 'social justice warrior' on Reddit, ticking the boxes of others' mistakes, missteps, and misspoken words, cruelly scolding people, looking for those who were 'doing it wrong' as a means of validating my own sense of integrity as an activist, as if each person I roasted would be a talisman against the same thing happening to me ever again. It was only when I discovered that I had made someone cry for hours that I took a long step back and asked myself if I was really making the world a better place by doing this." [more inside]
Each of Historian Barbara Wells Sarudy's six blogs contains a wealth of esoteric treasures:
"President John Adams declared, “History is not the Province of the Ladies.” Oh well, I'll give it a try." [more inside]
Fashion blog Ivy-Style.com
posted an article
today hypothesizing that four-term Republican North Carolina State Representative Bryan R. Holloway
is the anonymous blogger, known as Richard, responsible for the much criticized
WASP 101 fashion blog, widely
for its frequent racist, sexist, and classist overtones (and for having bad fashion sense, too). [more inside]
Maria Popova's Brain Pickings
is a very popular blog with over 500,000 visitors
to her website every month. "Brain Pickings provides the bulk of her income. She eschews ads on the site
, but openly solicits donations
"But there’s something Ms. Popova doesn’t mention in her appeals to donors, amid her talk of operating 'ad-free.' She might not run banner ads, but she appears to earn income from affiliate links. You read a glowing review, you click through to order the book, and Ms. Popova gets a commission. The accusation
comes from an anonymous Tumblr
: he has now named himself as Tom Bleymaier]..."* [more inside]
I told them to take a hike. I can't work where feminism is not celebrated. I'm proud to call myself a feminist.
- Pastor and playwright Kristine Holmgren
responds to being asked not use the word feminism in the title of her blog on a faith based site.
is a librarian
. He blogs
. In August 2010, Dale was a tenured associate professor at Kansas State University, where librarians are granted faculty status. There, Dale blogged
about the quality, and prices, of publications from Edwin Mellen Press. Edwin Mellen Press has served McMaster University
(Dale's current employer) and himself with a three million dollar lawsuit, alleging libel and claiming aggravated and exemplary damages. [more inside]
George White is 92 year old, and his wife died this year
. This Christmas was the first he was to spend without her since the end of WW2. So he traveled to Switzerland to be with his kids, and he started blogging about it
Kayden Kross writes, at length, about opposing Measure B
and making a DMV-style sex test
. Both SFW.
James Deen makes the world's most expensive burrito
and is also a food critic
. NSFW banners.
Kayden Kross shares a funny moment in a porn script
and a funny text conversation with a porn star
. NSFW text.
James Deen got a "shit head kitten"
. NSFW banners, still.
Kayden Kross dresses up her fleshlight like David Foster Wallace
and like a hot dog
. NSFW fleshlights.
James Deen waxes nostalgia for Nine Inch Nails
and the era when people listened to albums, not songs. Banners still NSFW.
Kayden Kross shares pictures
of her horse
and pictures of herself buying her horse's love
. Also stories about riding her horse.
Also pics of her bunny
. All SFW.
James Deen has a crush on Lexi
and occasionally he writes
. Blatantly NSFW the lot of them. Plus banners.
"To the credit of today's social networks, they've brought in hundreds of millions of new participants [...] but they haven't shown the web itself the respect and care it deserves, as a medium which has enabled them to succeed. And they've now narrowed the possibilites of the web for an entire generation of users who don't realize how much more innovative and meaningful their experience could be."
Anil Dash laments The Web We Lost
, and offers some suggestions for moving forward.
Ariel Meadow Stallings (creator of Offbeat Mama and Offbeat Bride) on liberal bullying
: "...what's the biggest challenge we deal with every day? The challenge that has my editors second-guessing every post and quaking in fear, just waiting for the awfulness to begin? It's attacks from our fellow progressives... Increasingly, I've started recognizing this kind of behavior for what it is: privilege-checking as a form of internet sport. It's a kind of trolling, with all the politics I agree with, but motivations and execution that turns my stomach. It's well-intended (SO
well-intended), but when the motivations seem to be less about opening dialogue about the issues, and more about performance, righteousness, and intolerance for those who don't agree with you… well, I'm not on-board." [more inside]
: Catalogue of Twitter users writing in minority or endangered languages. From that list, it is an easy couple of links to the inevitable Friday Night Lights recaps written in Breton
. (Subsite: Indigenous Blogs
I've been advised by doctors to prepare for death. "I believe that there is strength in facing reality, and then planning your demise on your own terms as best you can. And hey, if a miracle happens and we beat the odds, that is only a bonus. Facing reality doesn't mean denying a possible happy outcome. Look at my case for instance--I have surpassed 60 days, and I am not dead yet. I haven't counted how many days I am past my expiration date, but one could say that each day is a miracle now." [more inside]
"You should have your tongue ripped out."
Female bloggers speak out about misogynist comments, rape threats and death threats. [more inside]
Roger Ebert has posted the intro of his memoirs, Life Itself
, to his blog
, which particularly talks about how therapeutic his blog has been, giving him a voice when he can no longer speak. Originally dismissive of online media, he's gone on to embrace it (for example, with his twitter feed
), in a manner matched by few other celebrities.
At the beginning of last month, Scientific American unveiled a new network of 47 blogs with 55 bloggers
. Their latest posts can be found here
. [more inside]
Pro-government newspaper Gulf News reports that five Emirati bloggers go on trial today
behind closed doors. While blogging has been on the rise in the UAE
, internet access is tightly controlled by state-run Etisalat, many sites, including Flickr Groups
and lists of blogs
, blocked by the Etisalat firewall.
"I'm dead, and this is my last post to my blog."
Writer, editor, musician and marine biologist Derek Miller, author of Penmachine, wrote this blog post to be published after his death from colorectal cancer. He died on May 3rd.
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. On April 12, 2011
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, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a federal class action lawsuit against The HuffingtonPost.com
, Inc., AOL Inc., Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer for unjust enrichment and deceptive business practices. For more information, please see a copy of the complaint
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High profile cybercrime researcher
Dancho Danchev has been missing since September
. Many in the security community fear for his safety, and a recent report
) has placed him in a psychiatric hospital since December 11th. (via
The Line Between Science and Journalism is Getting Blurry….Again
by Bora Zivkovic is an excellent, James Burke-ish, essay on science, journalism, and a hopeful future for science journalism. [more inside]
With it's new redesign
Gawker, and it's affiliates
, will be moving away from being blogs. They want to be like Television
Allie Brosh (previously 1 2 3
), drunk liveblogs
(live drunkblogs?), on internet expectations, being a role model, and burritos as compared to fighter jets.