Two nations have lost a great satirist, a terrific writer, and by all accounts a delightful human being generally.
Quicklink of the Day #2: #DestroyTheJoint excludes voices of women with disabilities
So disappointed and angry about DtJ excluding the voices of women with disabilities from their #beingawoman discussions; it’s especially appalling that DtJ community admins have blocked simple announcements about the upcoming White Flower Memorial gathering to commemorate women, men and children with disabilities who have died as a result of violence, neglect or abuse.
Quicklink Of The Day #1: Transgender Day of Remembrance
Assigned Male on Tumblr posted about what’s important to remember not just on the official day.
Vale Joan Kirner 1938-2015
Australia’s first female premier, 1990-92 in Victoria, has died aged 76.
The glorious 25th of May
“As one man to another, commander, I must ask you: did you ever wonder why I wore the lilac?”[…]
“No, I never asked,” said Vimes shortly. “It’s a flower. Anyone can wear a flower.”
In memoriam: Terry Pratchett, and a Discworld reading history
A fussy baby woke me at 5am and I found that the news of Terry Pratchett’s death came overnight. Hoyden About Town has had several previous threads on Pratchett’s work: Belated Friday Hoydens: The Witches of Lancre, Gratuitous Pratchett Appreciation thread: Crivens!,… Read More ›
Vale Colleen McCullough
I know what I’ll be rereading for the next few weeks.
Media Circus: RIP Gough Whitlam Edition
The giants who strode the political landscape of my youth are toppling one by one, leaving only gnats swarming over the entrails of serious political principles while Big Money shakes shiny things at us all, politicians very much included.
Contrast the government’s war on welfare with the rhetoric surrounding critics of the increasing wealth gap as advocates of “class warfare”. Hmm.
What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?
Vale Doc Neeson
I see an old post of mine about the Angels and their lead singer Doc Neeson and a certain song is getting some traffic over the last few days since his death. Looking at pictures, I can still feel that amazing energy he put into his performance.
Friday Hoyden: Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is one of the great figures of literature, and of humanity, of the modern age. Her death on Wednesday will be a sorrow to many, but also a prompt to stop and think about her outsized contribution to the total of both the justice and the beauty that exists in our world.