Monday, November 30, 2009


Always Look on the Dark side of News (dum, dum, dum, dum--dah dah, dah dah, dah dah). But with news like this, what else is there to do?

Uganda proposes death penalty for HIV positive gays
"The Bill proposes a three-year prison sentence for anyone who is aware of evidence of homosexuality and fails to report it to the police within 24 hours. And it would impose a sentence of up to seven years for anyone who defends the rights of gays and lesbians."

Having mentioned some previous male-centric lists I should in all fairness mention that the all female Shortlist for BBC Short story Prize:

All-women shortlist for BBC Short Story Prize
"More than 600 entries were received for the award, which celebrates the best of contemporary British short stories and is part of the national campaign "story", which supports the form."

However the grinch in me wonders if it a coincidence that men dominate the financially lucrative and ostensibly prestiguous genres and formats, and women the more neglected ones? Short stories are, in literature, what romance is in genre--no matter how good bad or indifferent the quality is, they never seem to get the recognition they deserve.

And finally, many authors use their own royalties to promote their work. But how would it be a good thing for a publisher to contractually require that investment?

12 Steps to Better Book Publishing
"We all know that one of the big functions of today's in-house marketing professional is to explain why the publisher can't afford to do much marketing. So who has the money? Authors, from the advances we pay them. Publishers should contractually require that a part of the advance be allocated to marketing and promotional efforts supervised by the author."

Who has the money?! (*cough* *Splutter*)

Edited to Add: On a lighter note:
Bad sex award goes to Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones.
"...a mythologically inspired passage and lines such as 'I came suddenly, a jolt that emptied my head like a spoon scraping the inside of a soft-boiled egg' clinched the award for The Kindly Ones. We hope he takes it in good humour."


Teddy Pig said...

I don't know what is worse.

The Uganda Bill or the comments on that article.

veinglory said...

They have a similar losing-faith-in-humanity effect on me :(

Teddy Pig said...

Oh believe me... anything from your typical Muslim Religion dominated Middle East country and the way they kill and imprison and torture gay people while keeping tight wraps on that information getting out will turn your stomach.

There are absolute "do not go ever" Gay Traveler warnings about doing anything stupid like visiting those backwards nations. This is just another trash heap of humanity to add to my list as far as reality goes.

Another fucked up fundamentalist religion in another fucked up backwards hick country.

Doo daa doo daa.

Teddy Pig said...

Oh and for direct quotes from HRC

Status of Homosexuality: Illegal (except Iraq, Israel, Jordan, West Bank)

Homosexuality in the Middle East is a scorned, denied and criminalized behavior. Secular and religious laws punish same-sex acts that range from imprisonment to whipping to execution. Islam is by far the most dominant religion and it influences secular laws to be harsh and sometimes fatal to gay people.