Programming languages and science fiction!

Cat Valente, Tiptree-winning author of The Orphan’s Tales, wrote up a brilliant comparison of programming languages to literary genres. She covers a lot of ground here as a cultural and critic, and she’s witty as hell. If the bits I’m quoting make you laugh, go read the whole thing! Smalltalk is mythpunk, Python is speculative … Continue reading “Programming languages and science fiction!”

Feminist research and anthologizing

Here’s the introduction to my anthology of some poems by women from Latin America, translated from Spanish to English. It explains my research methodology and the theories I developed while reading and translating. * Introduction to Towards an Anthology of Spanish American Women Poets, 1880-1930 – HTML * Introduction to Towards an Anthology of Spanish … Continue reading “Feminist research and anthologizing”

María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira: Las ondines

I promised a poem or translation this week, to balance out the political posts. Here’s a couple of my translations of poems by Uruguayan poet María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira. They were published posthumously in 1924, though I am fairly sure they were published in Uruguayan or Argentinian magazines much earlier in the century. I’ve mentioned … Continue reading “María Eugenia Vaz Ferreira: Las ondines”

Wiscon panels coming up, and some commentary on a game

Here’s my panels for Wiscon! I can’t wait! Last year’s flirting panel was a blast and at this year’s followup I’m hoping to make a cool handout. Debbie says if I email her the stuff she’ll make the handout, because I have too much to do! One good technique “touch/don’t touch” is actually playing out … Continue reading “Wiscon panels coming up, and some commentary on a game”

Very cool literary reading: Nalo Hopkinson, Jewelle Gomez, Marta

This is going to be an amazing reading. I hope to see lots of you there! I will probably be late, unfortunately, but will be there and then be at the afterparty at Debbie Notkin’s house. Octavia E. Butler Memorial Tribute Fundraiser Nalo HopkinsonJewelle GomezSusie BrightMarta AcostaJennifer de GuzmanandGuillermo Gomez-Peña A fundraiser reading to benefit … Continue reading “Very cool literary reading: Nalo Hopkinson, Jewelle Gomez, Marta”

Paying attention as an art form

In thinking about the ways that value is created (including literary value, or imaginary ideas like money) I arrived at some thoughts about the ways people pay attention to each other on the Internet. If you want to pay attention to someone on the Internet, thanks to social software and blogging and rss and things … Continue reading “Paying attention as an art form”

Gender and genre in blogs

In her paper on Gender and genre variation in weblogs Susan Herring and her team hypothesized differences between male- and female-authored blogs. I haven’t read the paper closely enough to get the detail, but the gist of it is they expected women to say “I” more and refer to women more, and men to write … Continue reading “Gender and genre in blogs”

Writers With Drinks report, Saturday Dec. 9

Writers With Drinks, at the Makeout Room in San Francisco, was fabulous again. Indigo Moor, a poet from Sacramento, read first. He was a dynamic and clear speaker, funny, warm, with a lot of stage presence, and I enjoyed his poetry; he read a poem about the violent territorial nature of hummingbirds (“hollow bones… strung … Continue reading “Writers With Drinks report, Saturday Dec. 9”