I finished MAD AT SCHOOL by Margaret Price
. It's outstanding. Yes the language is pitched a couple feet over my educational level, but worth it. Among the nifty ideas:
Some Fabulous Sherlock (BBC) Fanfic
- "Mental disability" as a label for people currently tabbed as "mentally ill" and "cognitively disabled." Price argues that the level of disdain and prejudice is the same; that general expectactions are similarly thin; and that an academy founded on rationality exhibits equal confusion as to why people with mental disabilities matter, much less belong in those hallowed halls.
- Very detailed deconstruction of the "mentally ill mass shooter" stereotype, with scores of useful references. Also lots of disheartening detail as to how the ongoing "security theater" is connected to the academy via prevention of mass shootings. An excellent avenue for further research is why campus rape — a definite, long-standing problem — is not seen as a scourge worth concerted action, and is certainly not receiving $100,000 grants.
Many writers explore John and Sherlock’s close relationship without the slash goggles. Sometimes Sherlock is asexual; sometimes they are like brothers; sometimes they develop a demi-sexual relationship. These variations are speak to me particularly as the partner in a thirty-six year relationship. ( Four fics, from short to medium, when you click )Currently ReadingPebbles on the Hill of a Scientist
by Florence Barbara Seibert
Encountered this scientist’s name in passing, and was (foolishly) surprised to learn a woman got her PhD in biochemistry in 1923. Turns out she was surrounded by female doctorates in both high school and Goucher College. She goes on to discovered the crucial difference between boiled and distilled water; the skin test for TB; and a host of other TB-related details which await me. She survived polio as an infant and turned to lab work because she couldn’t see herself undertaking the physicality of an MD. This autobiography was self-published in her retirement: it’s full of intriguing detail, as well as artless writing conforming to a dull pattern quite unlike Seibert’s lively explorations of science and education. Reading Next
I thought I’d be reading Far from the Tree
but the library edition was too heavy for me to hold. I’ve got it as an ebook so I’ll turn my attention back to paper for now. So the next book will be Carole Nelson Douglas’ Good Night, Mr Holmes
. A proper parson’s daughter narrates the adventures of that most capable detective and opera singer Irene Adler. A published ACD-canon AU, eight books in all! I hope it’s a tasty counterpoint to the terrible way Adler’s handled in Sherlock (BBC).
Finally, this gorgeous animated vid by PES has been nominated for an Oscar! From YouTube to the Academy! No caps, no need: ambient sound only. ( It demonstrates making guacamole, but substitutes similar yet ridiculous shapes. That is: avocado is a hand grenade; onions are dice; peppers are lightbulbs )
TRAGICALLY THE VIDEO HAS DISAPPEARED FROM THE NETS :(