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Two Editors, One Novelist

How Canadian novelist Emma Donoghue and her Canadian and American editors all work together.

13 Webcomics That Will Make You Smarter

io9 recommends thirteen educational (sometimes unintentionally so) webcomics.

Should A Black Writer Write White Characters?

Would you be contributing to oppression? Invisibility? Judged harder than a white writer?

Are Superheroes Outliving Their Usefulness? 

Worth a look, although I think it’s a misread:

In fact, the forced introduction of an antiquated villain – as opposed to the topical villain of, say, Iron Man – suggests that the superhero may be losing its value as an archetype. An archetype is a way of expressing some set of cultural values, and it was reasonable to assume that the superhero movies of the 21st century were a way to express and ultimately process our post-9/11 anxieties. But the questions raised by these films must be answered in subsequent works of pop culture, otherwise they are only re-stating the problem. Winter Soldier gets us no closer to the truth.

Megan Purdy

Megan Purdy

Publisher of all this. Megan was born in Toronto. She's still there. Philosopher, space vampire, heart of a killer.