The first name in the title, Laurie Penny, may already ring a bell for some people. According to her own account, Laurie is, however, despite her being British, only more or less famous in Germany. I only encountered her and her works yesterday, when on Twitter, I stumbled across all kinds of abusive tweets directed at her. I read she were a terrible human being, mostly from commentators who felt the urge to insult her with reference to her Jewish origins and her vagina. I wanted to find out for myself how ‘terrible’ she actually is, so I visited her website and read quite a few articles and short stories by her.
And of course she turned out not be terrible at all; on the contrary, I agree with her on most points (society, patriarchal structures, feminism, and more), which are considerate and refer to facts rather than mere opinion. If there is any work by her, you must needs read, it is her short story ‘The House of Surrender’. The abstract reads:
Rape Culture In a remote future violent criminals go to a sanctuary by free choice. But a new arriving stranger brings trouble. A science fiction story by Laurie Penny
Although the story is simply listed under ‘rape culture’, the society portrayed is interesting in several regards as it differs from ours quite a bit – in a positive manner. But you should go on ahead and read the story for yourself.
The other day, I came across a very interesting Twitter account. As it turned out, the owner is an incredibly talented young author of both poetry and prose, going by the name Olivia Grace. My thoughts about her work can be summarized as follows:
I whispered the words out loud to taste them, thick and salty like sea water, heavily laden with real emotion.
Last but not least, I found another weblog on WordPress by someone called Sheen Francis. Her poetry, while moderate and down to earth in choice of words, would seem to be from another star – or at least some point not to be found geographically on Earth. Perhaps I am describing it like this because I am still underlying the impressions of her poem ‘Stellar’. About herself she writes, inter alia:
She always has something to say when she writes. Only when she writes.
I coompletely agree with the first statement. I am not so sure about the second one, though. But decide for yourself.
[Note: I added permanent links to all three authors under the heading ‘Lesenswert/Worth reading’ in the menu.]