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Racialicious Crush Of The Week: Junot Diaz

by • November 9th, 2012

By Andrea Plaid If we had to pick a Racialicious poster boy–that aphrodisiac of sapiosexuality–Junot Diaz would be it. The R’s Owner/Editor Latoya Peterson says this about his book, The Brief Wonderous Life Of Oscar Wao: My eyes drank in every word of “Wildwood,” the second chapter in Junot Díaz’s novel The Brief Wondrous Life of […]

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Racialicious Crush Of The Week: Jakeya Caruthers

by • October 19th, 2012

By Andrea Plaid Meeting one of my long-admired-from-afar writer/thinkers, Darnell Moore, over coffee-talk about gentrification and public transportation, I asked for suggestions for people I could interview for future Crushes. He said that he knew this sistah at Stanford University who taught a class on Afrofuturism. “Latoya’s taking a class on that as part of […]

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Mind of My Mind and Coercive Control [Octavia Butler Book Club]

by • October 19th, 2011

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*Trigger Warning/Spolier Alert* “Are we going back home?” Vivan asked. Karl glanced at her, then looked around. He realized that he was heading back toward Palo Verde. He had left home heading nowhere in particular except away from Mary and Doro. Now he had made a large U and was heading back to them. And […]

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Mind of My Mind [Octavia Butler Book Club]

by • August 12th, 2011

Mind of My Mind

[Doro] glanced at Rina in annoyance. Rina shrank back against the wall. “What’s the matter with you?” he asked. “Do you think you’re safer over there?” “Don’t hurt me,” she said. “Please.” “Why would you beat a three-year-old like that, Rina?” “I didn’t do it! I swear. It was a guy who brought me home […]

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Billy Dee Williams and Octavia Butler on Star Wars

by • August 12th, 2011

I spotted Billy Dee Williams explaining the mindset of Lando Calrissian over at Wired: And it immediately made me think of Octavia Butler’s take: I’m glad he was there, but watching Billy Dee Williams play that role was like watching Jesus Christ Superstar and realizing we’d finally made it into Biblical films: we could play […]

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Final Thoughts on Wild Seed [Octavia Butler Book Club]

by • August 5th, 2011

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Next week, we will move on to the second book in the Patternist series, Mind of My Mind. But first, let’s close out Wild Seed. I found myself coming back to two main ideas after reading. (Spoilers ahead – but you should be keeping up with the reading.) The first was a question for myself: […]

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Vote: Should We Read Octavia Butler’s Survivor?

by • July 11th, 2011

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So, Book Clubbers, I need to resolve a little problem that’s popped up. Over the weekend, I read Survivor using the link that commenter FtrYBFMD provided. On one hand, I can see why Butler hated the novel. Her novels are generally known for complicated morality – this one reads pretty clearly. There aren’t really good […]

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“It’s tentacle monsters, not Terry McMillan.”

by • July 8th, 2011

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Our friends at Clutch shouted out the Book Club – to somewhat hilarious ends. I saw this comment and just about fell out with laughter. sci-fi writer JULY 1, 2011 AT 10:28 PM I am happy to see so many women getting interested in the male-dominated sci-fi genre. Octavia Butler is a great writer and […]

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Wild Seed [Octavia Butler Book Club]

by • July 7th, 2011

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Doro discovered the woman by accident when he went to see what was left of one of his seed villages. The village was a comfortable mud-walled palace surrounded by grasslands and scattered trees. But Doro realized before he reached it that it’s people were gone. Slavers had been to it before him. With their guns […]

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Introducing: The Octavia Butler Book Club

by • June 29th, 2011

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Octavia Butler was Racialicious before we even existed. The late author is a cult icon, being a boundry breaking black woman in Science Fiction who infused her writing with rich societal commentary on race, gender, dominance, and much much more. Last year, the University Press of Mississippi was kind enough to send me a review […]

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