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On the Lawrence King mistrial and why it's a fucking joke.

In which I give my opinion on things I should probably just quietly headdesk about, but whatevs.
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Chapter 90: Heads or Tails is a case study of English whaling law. It is exactly as thrilling as it sounds.

Short version: sometimes English lords take whalemen's whales just to be dicks.

The rest of this entry is somewhat more eventful. )

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You know what that means...

Rainbow-Tinted Goggles!

AKA the queer-focused column I write for my school paper. It gets the most hatemail. :D

(Should I re-post the text here, or just link it every week?)
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Let me preface this rant by saying that these chapters were really, really hard to summarize/write about. There's plenty of stuff going on, but very little of the prose is quotable, which kind of ruins my (admittedly lazy) usual structure.

Can I even remember the plot? Let's find out! )

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Remember Jessica Verday?

If you don't know who she is, she's the author who was told by an editor for the "Wicked Pretty Things" anthology that she needed to make one of the characters in her boy/boy romance a girl. Her response to this request was, essentially, EFF THAT (she was more polite/verbose about it), which immediately endeared her to me and led me to buy The Hollow in the first place, a purchasing decision I sincerely wish I didn't regret.

Anyway, she pulled her story from the anthology and has published it on Amazon's Kindle: Flesh Which Is Not Flesh.

I want to read this story. I have wanted to read this story ever since the drama started, because I love drama and I have a weakness for queer fiction and another weakness for supernatural YA lit.

More importantly, I want to give Jessica Verday money for her story because I am thankful to her for standing up for queer characters and, by extension, for the visibility of queer characters in fiction.*

So we have her story, and we have my money. Kindle is the middleman. Therein lies my problem.

I do not own a Kindle. I do own a Mac, but it's running OS 10.4 Tiger, and the free "Kindle for Mac" program that Amazon offers is only for OS 10.5 Leopard and up. Ideally, I could buy the story and find some way to convert the file to a .pdf or something my computer could read, but Amazon won't even let me buy the story without having a Kindle program installed.

And now, we come to the point:

Does anyone have any ideas for a workaround that still lets me pay for the story legally?

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*Why is this important? Short version: bigots find it harder to be bigots when the targets of their bigotry are humanized. Some queerphobes may never [knowingly] become acquainted with a queer person outside of fiction, ergo queer characters in fiction are an alternative way to let queerphobes know that 1) queer people exist and 2) they are not big scary monsters/weak pathetic sub-humans. Not all queer characters succeed on the second point, but still.
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The chapters in Moby Dick seem to follow a sort of pattern. Typically, three chapters of Ishmael babbling about science or history will go by before we get one chapter of plot that makes the whole thing worthwhile. If this ratio could be reversed, I would greatly appreciate it.

Essay, essay, essay... PLOT! )

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This particular update contains A PICTURE of a NAKED man wherein one can view his unobstructed, non-erect PENIS. Consider yourselves warned.

Best chapter? Best chapter. )

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Gender Censorship in Online Art Communities
featuring deviantART
with special guest y!gallery


aka my final essay for 'censorship in art history' class )
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D-Ray and I went to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where I took way too many pictures and learned a whole bunch about whaling and also stumped the museum employees.

ME: Do you have any sword mats?
MUSEUM PEOPLE: What?
ME: Sword mat? Named for the wooden, vaguely sword-like implement used to weave them?
MUSEUM PEOPLE: S-W-O-R-D sword?
ME: Yup!
MUSEUM PEOPLE: [exchange confused glances]
ME: Moby Dick, Chapter 47: The Mat-Maker?
MUSEUM PEOPLE: Did you check the Herman Melville exhibit?
ME: Yup!
MUSEUM PEOPLE: Yeahhh, we have no clue. Try the research library?

For the record, Google doesn't know what a sword-mat looks like either. According to the museum people (who, by the way, were super polite and friendly and helpful and generally awesome in every aspect) there is an event at the yearly Moby Dick reading marathon* called "Stump the Scholar" which they think I will be able to win with my question of "what is a sword mat?"

So, yeah. Those were my museum adventures. Back to reading!

Will you stop <i>talking</i> about whales and go kill some already? )
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Other adventures in Moby Dick include:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight
Part Nine
Part Ten
Part Eleven
Part Twelve
Part Thirteen
Part Fourteen
Part Fifteen
Part Sixteen
Part Seventeen
Part Eighteen
Part Nineteen
Part Twenty
Part Twenty-One
Part Twenty-Two (You Are Here)
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Before we get started, I would like to direct your attention to this picture drawn for me by D-Ray, because it is guaranteed to warm the cockles of your stone-cold heart.

In Chapter Thirty-Six: The Quarter-Deck, we finally see some plot. It's about time. )

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Other adventures in Moby Dick include:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight
Part Nine
Part Ten
Part Eleven
Part Twelve
Part Thirteen
Part Fourteen
Part Fifteen
Part Sixteen (You Are Here)
Part Seventeen
Part Eighteen
Part Nineteen
Part Twenty
Part Twenty-One
Part Twenty-Two

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