What’s Been On My Mind This Week

question-mark1. Let’s start with politics this week, and David Cameron’s big Cabinet reshuffle: one commentator reckoned there were 44 moves into and out of government. There are far too many possible articles to read, but I liked this overview in the Economist, as well as this one – focusing on the women involved – in the Guardian.

2. Also in the news this week was – finally – the election of women bishops as the General Synod voted in favour of new legislation paving the way to the end of centuries of inequality. More in the Independent here.

3. Assisted suicide has been making headlines as it’s currently being debated in the House of Lords. The Economist makes a good case for the right to die here.

4. A friend of mine in New York sent me this interesting article about Amazon. The retail giant’s dispute with Hachette is still ongoing. It’s been interesting to watch some authors come out in favour of publishers and other in favour of Amazon.

5. Australia’s most decorated swimmer, Ian Thorpe, finally came out as gay in an interview with Michael Parkinson. Interestingly, this interview did not take place on Australian soil. Australia lags behind much of the Western world in terms of equality for people who identify as LGBT and in the issue of marriage equality. This article in The Age also demonstrates that homophobia is still a serious problem in Australia.

6. One of my favourite authors, David Mitchell, is publishing a short story on Twitter. He posts a series of tweets every day at 7am and 7pm. The reactions to using Twitter as a medium for storytelling have been fascinating, with Viv Groskop coming out against using Twitter in this way in the Telegraph. If you remember, a couple of weeks ago I linked to Stella Duffy using Twitter for much the same thing, as a reaction to Richard Dawkins, though she was telling her story very much on the spur of the moment. If you missed that last time, you can read it again here.

7. In other literature-related news, there was this interesting article in the Huffington Post about male vs female authors and readers’ reactions to their names, as well as the choices some authors make when it comes to writing under a pseudonym.

8. There was a great article in the Economist on today’s youth culture, and how it has changed in the past couple of years.

9. I loved the first season of The Fall (starring Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan) when it aired last year on the BBC. On Friday a teaser trailer for the second series was released. You can watch it here.

10. This week I’ve been reading A Kiss in the Dark, by Cat Clarke. I don’t normally read much Young Adult fiction, but I raced through this book, which is the story of Alex and Kate and a difficult teenage romance.

11. Finally, this week I’ve been listening to the new single from Canadian Claire Boucher, aka Grimes. It’s her first new track in almost two years, which is exciting in itself. I’m intrigued as to what her next album will be like. In the meantime you can listen to the new track, Go, here.

 

 

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