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  • "So You Want to Read YA?", a guest post by Amy Stern at Stacked. Everything she says there is completely worth reading, except for how I think Rob Thomas' later statements about his work have poisoned everything he wrote earlier in his career, to the extent that I find it impossible to talk about his earlier work in any non-negative fashion.[1]
  • "Specimens: Figurines, fishers, bugs and bats ā€“ how things in the world become sacred objects in a museum": I want to understand how things come to take their place ā€” especially in museums and collections ā€” as embodiments of knowledge, artefacts out of time and nature, provoking curiosity and wonder. How they become objectified.
  • "Fist-clenchingly poor science": But every time such fist-clenchingly poor science as the current paper is published, the prejudice is reinforced and the cause of open access publishing undermined. Thus, while Iā€™m sure everyone involved is dedicated and scrupulous, it is paramount that PLOS works harder to increase its editorial standards to reduce the chances of such embarrassingly weak science being published.
  • "Colleges Leaving Low-Income Students Behind": Schools have gone from helping to make college more affordable for those with the greatest financial need to strategically awarding merit aid to students who can increase their standings in rankings like U.S. News & World Report and bring in more revenue.






1. But then, I'm still capable of saying positive things about Ender's Gamer and Speaker for the Dead, and I'm sure plenty of other smart people feel the way about Orson Scott Card that I feel about Rob Thomas. Apparently I draw the line somewhere after "gay marriage is destroying my family" and before "women who make rape accusations are lying liars who lie." Or possibly I think Ender and Speaker are good enough books to get me past my anger at their creator; certainly I can no longer read lesser Card with any pleasure. And the highest quality Rob Thomas surpasses the quality of the worst OSC, but doesn't even come close to the best. [back]

Date: 2013-05-21 09:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aveleh
Oh, man, Rob Thomas. I'd read his stuff before Veronica Mars, although I can't remember what other than Slave Day. I was already uncomfortable with how he approached rape past season one (and which coloured how I saw season one), so his casual treatment of it - while he's also obsessed with it - is pretty gross.

I haven't read anything by Orson Scott Card. The author I always struggled with was Roald Dahl, but his passing made that easier. I feel like authors are the worst of all artists to be able to reconcile their opinions and their output, although I actually tend to ostrich about a lot of it. There's value in knowing where people fail, but I try to focus on modelling where they succeed.
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