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The news ain't all bad:

The news ain't all bad:

VIZ announces Haikasoru SF imprint. For those of you who don’t know, VIZ is best known for their anime and manga licenses. They hold some of the big-name titles, like Bleach and Death Note. Now they’re investing in bringing over Japanese SF novels to English-language audiences. And the first few books are targeted at younger audiences. No word yet on whether they’re accepting titles from all over the world or just Japan, but any news about fresh investment in the…

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Books, given and received:

Books, given and received:

During the holidays, I promised myself that I would write about the books I gave at the end of 2008. They ranged from manga to cookbooks to hard sf to satire. I had no idea I’d get to brag so much about the books I got, too. (Spook Country needs its own post, because it’s just painfully good. It’s rare that I sit and ponder the simple beauty of a given sentence, but Gibson’s latest makes me sit up straight…

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Rant: school libraries and DRM

Rant: school libraries and DRM

Most of you know that I’m at work on a Master’s thesis. This thesis involves anime, cyborg theory, and fan culture. It involves reading a lot of Henry Jenkins, Donna Haraway, Susan J. Napier, and other big names. Having finally finished my chapter on FMA and cognitive narratology (not to my satisfaction, but that’s another story), I have begun gathering resources and drawing up outlines for the next — which is on anime fandom and the spectre of Orientalism. Last…

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I am so loved.

I am so loved.

I really don’t know how Troy knew, but hard sf YA? Thanks, buddy. Feed (by M.T. Anderson) has “bubble bath” written all over it. Also, irony: Toronto!David gave me The Best of the Spirit, and Seattle!David gave me a “Ladies of The Spirit” trading card set (with a temporary tattoo!). He also gave me Spook Country, which I can’t wait to get into. And what’s up with the giant photo on the back of all Gibson’s books, now? He looks like…

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This is my new favourite song:

This is my new favourite song:

There’s something magic about watching rotten, rusty barns and roll by and eating nigh-frozen sushi while listening to this song. (It’s even better after the snow has been and gone.) This is my favourite of all the things written this weekend: “Don’t you ma’am me, mister. I’m only seven years old.” “Hey, in cat years, you’d be menopausal.” He leaned back in his chair and looked up at the vaulted ceiling hung with community service pennants for recycling and gardening…

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Reasons to go running:

Reasons to go running:

Two rejections in as many weeks. I’m missing a weekend of free Japanese films, including one by Takeshi Miike, to go out of town. …By contrast, running is simply a matter of putting one foot in front of the other. I’m not good at it, but it’s something I can at least manage. Also lately I’ve been reading this book: It was a gift from Mr. Ashby, and reading it led me to near tears on the subway one afternoon…

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