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The best free reads in town

Postby FranW » 16 Jun 2010, 09:44

If you run across a free-to-read piece of prose and want to recommend it to other forumites, post it here!
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Re: The best free reads in town

Postby FranW » 16 Jun 2010, 09:48

Someone on my ljflist recommended poet Daphne Gottlieb, whom I'd not run across before. Her webpage has a lot of her poems free-to-read: http://www.daphnegottlieb.com/poems.html

I really liked Personal Ad, which ends with:
...Make a fist.
They say your fist
is roughly
the size of your heart.
I'm looking for
the well-hung woman.


and Feminine Protection -- do go read the whole thing:
oh honey honey I'm telling you — a woman's work is never
done. why that guy who gave me the once-over twice
pumping his hands under his overcoat —
well, his eyes don't open so well
since I sprayed him in the face with my
Miss Lady Aerosol Pump Superhold Formula Hairspray

and then that guy who felt me up on the subway, well —
blame it on my Lady Eve Press-on Manicure Nails in Sin Red....


I wouldn't mind picking up one of her poetry collections -- I think she publishes with Soft Skull Press.
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Re: The best free reads in town

Postby skhagin » 19 Jun 2010, 10:20

Is it acceptable to mention one's own work? I've recently reposted my first novel as a PDF on my website at http://www.callithump.com. It's called A Still Point (link: http://www.callithump.com/A.Still.Point_by.Sophia.Kell.Hagin.pdf) and it wants to be read.......
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Re: The best free reads in town

Postby FranW » 19 Jun 2010, 15:53

You can mention whatever you, personally, think is The Best Free Read. It's entirely your call. Be aware, though, that this isn't a self-promotion area, so some readers may consider it hubristic to list one's own work.

I flag whatever I happen to run across that impresses the hell out of me. Often I surprise myself. Of course, I'm aware that forum readers will judge me and my tastes by what I flag as being "the best read" -- but that's all part of the fun.
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Re: The best free reads in town

Postby Sacchi » 20 Jun 2010, 01:13

Considering the variation in tastes here, I'd think it would be okay to recommend anything you think is good enough to be of interest to the others, without necessarily thinking it's absolutely top of the heap.
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Re: The best free reads in town

Postby FranW » 02 Jul 2010, 07:22

An interesting non-fiction article about the use of utopias and dystopias, gendering and non-gendering, in fiction. Interestingly it highlights how infrequently worlds with non-gendered people have been used, quoting from Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness: "This is almost impossible for our imagination to accept. What is the first question we ask about a newborn baby?

http://crimethinksf.blogspot.com/2010/0 ... ns-to.html
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Re: The best free reads in town

Postby Baker » 02 Jul 2010, 07:48

Given the potential of the ideal and idea of androgyny for social criticism, it is worthy of note that there are not more writers who have made use of it. Perhaps, like Genly Ai, we are trapped in our need to see people in terms of one sex or another, and it is easier for us to imagine three or four or five sexes.

Yes. I suspect writers don't make more use of genderless societies because they are so hard to imagine. When you start looking at gender, it pervades everything--including language. Trying to eliminate that when you're even trying to imagne, let alone write about, such a society would be fiendishly difficult. In the Left Hand of Darkness, LeGuin uses a person from a gendered (and permanently sexed) society as her main character: that gave her and the reader 'our' perspective. I whould imagine it would have been much harder to write from the perspective of one of the Gethenians. So, yes, it's much eaiser to imagine more genders than fewer.
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Re: The best free reads in town

Postby deej » 04 Jul 2010, 05:42

Current issue of Read These Lips is up

HERE

Our very own R.G. Emanuelle is part of it. WooHoo!!! :cheer: :cheer: :cheer:
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Re: The best free reads in town

Postby FranW » 04 Jul 2010, 07:28

Oh, splendid. Thanks for the heads up, Deej!
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Re: The best free reads in town

Postby ElaineB » 05 Jul 2010, 01:27

Thanks Deej! I was wondering when the heck that was coming out!
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