I’ve not done a linkblog in too long, have I? Well, here’s one for you.
First, a podcast I came across after hearing it recommended in the Good Place podcast — Cocaine and Rhinestones. For those of you who like my music writing, this is very much the same kind of thing as California Dreaming, but about country music, although it’s from an angle with more personal experience, because Tyler Mahan Coe, the writer/presenter, is the son of David Allen Coe, who is a famous country singer. (For those of you who are worried, because you know Coe sr.’s reputation, there is no overt racism or misogyny in the podcast, although there is one use of whorephobic language. In fact the podcast seems to come from a fairly feminist place, and Coe makes a point occasionally of attacking racism in country music.)
Each episode tells one story about country music history, and they all build up to give a much bigger picture. Take note however, some of the stories may be triggering, especially the one about Spade Cooley.
Andrew Rilstone on the controversy over Talons of Weng Chiang and how it’s obviously racist. (warning, contains various racist images as illustration).
Jack Graham on systemic racism in Doctor Who more generally.
“How not to write about jazz, probably”
Charles Stross on Heinlein tributes
Bullshit-sensitivity predicts prosocial behavior.
And Big Finish have a sale on on the Bernice Summerfield audios, with code BIRTHDAY. This includes the interesting season nine, on CD for £2.50 each. Of those, The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel may be especially interesting to people who follow my blog, as it’s a stealth Faction Paradox crossover and also features David Warner as Mycroft Holmes.
Here are three of my favorite links of the last weeks:
1. I enjoyed this profile of Ethan Hawke very much! Maybe his last effort as a director, “Blaze”, about country singer Blaze Foley is interesting for you, Andrew?
“Ethan Hawke Is Still Taking Ethan Hawke Extremely Seriously”
2. “Alec Nevala-Lee, author of Astounding, a forthcoming book on the history of science fiction, digs into the writing career of L. Ron Hubbard, gaining new insights into the life of the controversial founder of dianetics and the origins and nature of Scientology itself.”
3. I absolutely love my Kindle and I admire Jeff Bezos (of course within bounds) — for example, I found Richard Brandt’s account of Bezos’ precocious childhood in “One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com” very inspiring. BUT the following fascinating interview also confirmed my decision not to rush out for an Amazon Prime membership anytime soon!