This week's Dog Ears feature single-sided shouting matches about genre as well as an exploration of "new feminism":
- Peter Straub of The Millions explores the similarities between horror and literary fiction as genres in "What About Genre, What About Horror?"
- And, somewhat along the same lines, Dr. Kirtland C. Peterson at Tor explores the differences between science fiction and "speculative fiction" as it pertains to Margaret Atwood in "Putting It On The Line, Putting Her Money Where Her Mouth Is—and Speaking Up/Out."
- Bookslut's Selena Chambers explores the recent bout of monster lit in "Stay Tombed: Is Monster Lit Worth Reading."
- Search the "Twentieth-Century American Bestsellers" database (compiled by a graduate seminar taught by John Unsworth at the University of Illinois) which has, according to Craig Fehrman, "an extremely detailed description of the book’s history (these were compiled by grad students, after all); a mini-essay on its reception; images of covers, page layouts, even some ads; and much more."
- I kind of wish I'd read any of the books that came out in the last year, if only so I could appreciate The Morning News Tournament of Books.
- Charlotte Raven of The Guardian writes about "How the 'new feminism' went wrong." The two sentences that stuck out the most to me: "Irony protected [the anti-feminist] from criticism – she was simply playing with an alternative value system and couldn't be held accountable for its moral shortcomings."