Review: Patron Saints of Nothing

I’m not sure where to start with this because there’s so much about Patron Saints of Nothing to love: do I mention how authentically-but-not-tropely teenager-like Jay, the protagonist, feels? Should I talk about how the book makes a real-world event, happening right now, become meaningful and accessible to readers across the ocean in ways that journalism can’t? What about the fact that every person in this story (it feels weird for me to call them characters at this point) gets an opportunity to live and tell a story that is as much their own as it is the story of millions of people? Selfishly, the queer in me wants to talk about the representation, but I think it might be best to start somewhere else.

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Special Collections at Toronto Public Library

I was in Toronto a couple weeks back for a conference, and was so lucky to be able to visit the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation, and Fantasy at the the Toronto Public Library — so of course I filmed it (in 4k HD, no less!). The biggest thanks to Sephora Hosein & Kim Hull of TPL for sitting and chatting with me, and letting me come into the archives and capture some amazing footage of amazing materials.

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Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (annotated + commentary)

(Note: this was screened on October 29th. To view the running chat, click here view this video at YouTube itself.)

Hey everyone! This movie came out last month and I loved it a lot because it gives some important details on why paywalls exist, and what some of the alternatives to them are! AND SINCE YOUTUBE PREMIERES IS NOW A THING, I wanted to give folks a chance to ask questions and get them answered! So I added some annotations to make it more understandable for laypeople, as well as contact info for EVERY.SINGLE.INTERVIEWEE so you can ask them questions, too.

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