Hey y'all! Okay, I don't really say y'all in real life, but I will be trying to channel Kate Hart is all ways every third Friday of the month, bringing you FTF! If I missed anything important you saw this week, leave a link in the comments!
THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
The Oscar nominations this year are insanely, mind-bogglingly white, and male-dominated. Every single actor nominated this year is white. Selma was nominated for Best Picture, but director Ava DuVernay--who would have been the first black woman ever nominated as Best Director--was neglected. And she's just one of a number of crazy-talented black female directors working right now, not that you'd know it by this slate.
And women make up less than 20 percent of the non-acting nominees. The snubbing of Wild, a film starring a mega-star based on a best-selling memoir, as Best Picture (both Reese Witherspoon and Lara Dern received acting nods) is not a heartening sign for stories about women.
It's almost like the Academy is overwhelmingly white and male! Oh, wait, it completely is.
Then there was the suggestion that no nominations for The Fault in Our Stars was the Oscar's worst snub. Mkay. (The award nominations weren't without humor, though. Add 'Dick Poop' to your Oscar bingo cards.)
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
- Operation Awesome has its 2015 Writing Goal spreadsheet available for download!
- The Morris Award interview series continued with Isabel Quintero, author of GABI: A GIRL IN PIECES, answering questions on our own Stephanie Kuehn's blog!
- Shannon Hale spills the truth about author visits: They eat into writing time, and often don't sell enough books to cover the cost of an author's time (particularly for those writing children's lit).
- Lots of talk about writing "unlikeable" characters in the First Draft podcast with author Julie Murphy.
- Susan Dennard shares the lessons she learned from overworking herself in 2014, and how it has shaped her goals for the new year.
THIS WEEK IN READING
- The librarians at Teen Librarian Toolbox are beginning a series of posts making the case for teen library services, starting with demographics. "We can’t be in the business of ignoring 40 million teens if we are serious about our mission to our local communities."
- At BookRiot, Kelly Jensen rounds up all the YA series that are starting and continuing in 2015.
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
- Author Curtis Sittenfeld has a great list of "24 Things No One Tells You About Book Publishing." ("Like cayenne pepper, literary gossip is tastiest in small doses.")
- The boy who claimed to have visited heaven while in a coma when he was six years old has recanted the story, and his Christian publisher has pulled the book, THE BOY WHO CAME BACK FROM HEAVEN.
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
- Totally sad, totally predictable results when women agree with men who compliment them. I guess they want us to keep not knowing we're pretty.
- Meanwhile, in awesome girl news, two Toronto teens are petitioning for sex education to showcase healthy relationships and build a consent culture. via Rachel Stark (@syntactics) And, considering that a staggering number of men admit they would force sex if there were no consequences--and it wasn't called rape--the campaign is long overdue.
- Much was made of this UT student's breakdown of how teens really use social media ("Tumblr is like a secret society that everyone is in, but no one talks about"), but social media scholar Danah Boyd steps in to point out the white, middle-class skew to that analysis, particularly when it comes to Twitter: "Let me put this bluntly: teens’ use of social media is significantly shaped by race and class, geography and cultural background."
- Why are otherwise happy, healthy teenaged girls so darn creepy? Writer Alicia de los Reyes investigates, including tales from her childhood (Katie Coyle admits to illustrating her teacher with head aflame).
- Most inspirational thing I read all week: writer Mark Manson talks about how "not giving a fuck" can be used to be a grown-ass adult, and save us all a lot of unnecessary angst. "You only get a limited amount of fucks to give over your lifetime, so you must spend them with care."
- Gayle Forman writes about the importance of discussing depression in The Guardian.
- A study shows academic fields that favor men are more likely to value perceived "innate brilliance" (Sherlock Holmes) over hard work (Hermione Granger). Guess which gender is more associated with hard work. Go on. Guess.
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
- The Fauxtographer (Margot Wood) is now on Instagram!
- One scientist is graphing the Internet, and finds it's like a big city with different neighborhoods based on interests. Problem is, the public transit system in this metaphorical city sucks: groups that aren't necessarily similar but have mutual interests (like car lovers and environmental activists) aren't communicating.
- Do the sounds of tapping or typing throw you into a rage? You might have misophonia.