Even though I am the only one in my family with a Voter's ID, complete with biometrics, I couldn't vote. Why? Because no one could find my name on either the precinct or master list. What made it worse was that between 5am and 8am, I got sent from my precinct to the help desk… Continue reading How COMELEC Disenfranchised Me
Author: Vida Cruz
Portrait of the #WriterMom as a Member of the Working Class
“Although the labor conditions of motherhood and artists are both bad, the system maintains its power by teaching us to blame ourselves. Mothers spend a great deal of time feeling anxious and guilty that we’re not doing it right. Artists spend a great deal of time feeling insecure, discouraged, or fraudulent. Both groups would be served by understanding that these labor conditions are so terribly under-resourced that they set us up to fail or to always feel like we’re failing. If our lives as moms or artists aren’t going well, we are taught to believe it’s our personal deficiency, when it’s actually a function of the society’s structure.”
In an election year, and this election in particular, there is more talk than ever about class. On one extreme, we have Bernie Sanders, talking about revolution and remedying income inequality. On the other extreme we have billionaire Trump who represents the interests of the rich (to the degree that he represents anyone but himself), but is popular among poor and working class whites, particularly men. In this way, Trump is simply a caricature of the Republicans’ usual strategy, using racism and sexism to get poor and working class people to vote against their own self-interests. Our society is founded on this principle, this strategic manipulation of the white working class to accept terrible labor and living conditions.
For women, this manipulation has conditioned us to buy in to our labor being exploited and invisible. Inside of this mythology, I’m not spending six hours doing arduous emotional and domestic labor…
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The Good Friday homily that melted my heart
Very timely for Holy Week, if you are Catholic. A Jesuit discusses how people cannot handle so much love and how they fight outrageous love with outrageous hate.
Below is the homily that Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J. gave today at the Gesu for Good Friday.
I didn’t get to hear this in person. I only stumbled on this when my friend, Harvey Parafina, posted pictures of the sheets of paper it was printed on. I was very moved by the words that I immediately had to type them out. I can only imagine how much more moving this would have been to have heard this in person.
Thank you very much for sharing this online, Harvey. It’s exactly what this time for reflection is all about and what I needed to hear on a night like this.
A Good Friday Homily by Fr. Arnel Aquino, S.J.
A couple of months ago, ISIS took a video as they incinerated a Jordanian pilot in a cage. My friends said the internet was awash with the footage, but I resisted the temptation of…
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Book Review: ‘News Hardcore: Hukbong Sandatahan ng Kahaggardan’ by Manix Abrera
WARNING: This review will get personal. Back in 2013, when I was new-ish at my previous (and first-ever) job at GMA News Online, I once spent an entire day reading Manix Abrera's News Hardcore from the first strip to the latest. Concealing my laughter became a struggle. News Hardcore at first followed the adventures of a newbie journo… Continue reading Book Review: ‘News Hardcore: Hukbong Sandatahan ng Kahaggardan’ by Manix Abrera
Dear Punks and Speculators
New solarpunk anthology coming up! Call for submissions TBA.
Join us as we reach for the sun and into the soil. Solarpunk takes its place in line with Cyberpunk and Steampunk as a new way of thinking, a new word to define a generation’s genre. As humanity faces an ecological tipping point, we are ready for stories of the peoples living during such tipping points, and the spaces before and after them, the stories of those who fought to effect change and seek solutions, even if it was too late.
These are our stories, whether they are set in the future or in a new land.
Upper Rubber Boot Books will be publishing this short story anthology in spring of 2017 edited by us, Brontë Wieland and Phoebe Wagner.
This anthology will be funded via a Kickstarter, which we will be announcing before long. We’ll be paying SFWA rates for original fiction.
The anthology will focus on the aftereffects of environmental disasters, but…
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Why I’ll Never Be a Witch in Harry Potter’s World: Language, Politics, and the Elitism of a Magical Education
I. I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire the year I turned 11. Like so many other Harry Potter fans, I was hoping against hope that Hogwarts was real and that I'd get a letter inviting me to attend (of course, no such thing happened). But then, I read a phrase that I didn't… Continue reading Why I’ll Never Be a Witch in Harry Potter’s World: Language, Politics, and the Elitism of a Magical Education
You Don’t Have to Attend Clarion to Be a Real Writer
Because there’s outrage in the Internet today over Neil Gaiman’s wording of a Clarion promo.
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But it helps.
For those not in the know, the Clarion and Clarion West Writers’ Workshops are intensive six-week residential programs where aspiring, semi-professional, and early-career professional writers are exposed to and connected with accomplished working professionals in the speculative fiction field. The focus is on writing short fiction, and critiquing it (building a less-shitty first draft, if you will). But as much as that, it’s about learning what it is to be a professional or at least serious writer, both in terms of lifestyle and in terms of the business of speculative fiction and the people and standards within it. I have, for many years, described it as a provisional membership in the kool-kids club (please note the tongue planted firmly in cheek).
Both are currently acceptingapplications.
As you’ve likely guessed, or knew already, I attended Clarion in 2010. It was, in many ways, a watershed experience. I…
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Here’s hoping 2016 is better
The further away I am from my college days, the more I realized something about adult life: there are no purely good or purely bad days. The same applies to years. 2015 will go down in my memory as the year that I lost my bearings. I changed jobs twice, took a sizeable pay cut,… Continue reading Here’s hoping 2016 is better
Movie Review: ‘Star Wars’ IV, V, VI & VII
In which a Star Wars newbie watches the original trilogy back-to-back with the new movie.
Movie Review: ‘Aladdin’
Aladdin is special to me for being the very first Disney movie I ever watched, and perhaps the only one I--according to my parents--would cry at the end of, as I apparently wanted them to rewind the VHS tape and play it again. I couldn't tell you what I saw in it over 20 years… Continue reading Movie Review: ‘Aladdin’
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