June 4th, 2007

modern lit

Two Reminders

1. If you haven't sent me your proposal for the Orphan's Tales art show, please do so ASAP. I just need to have them on file for advertising, the project can change. There's still plenty of room if you're an artist who wants to participate.

2. If you haven't had a chance yet, please go here and vote for Urchins, While Swimming for the Million Writers Award. As of this posting, it's just behind the lead in the poll! The story is here.

In other news, I came home from a lovely weekend to find that The Orphan's Tales was #1 on The Plain Dealer's Summer Reading List. Oh, and something about a basketball game...
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*dips toe in*

Ok, I'm going to open myself up to the flame here. But I want to know, I haven't heard anyone address it, and I couldn't go to the panel at Wiscon, at which I probably would not have felt right speaking in the first place.

Re: cultural appropriation. Putting aside that I am putatively white and therefore a problematic source for this question, how does one balance the need to create worlds with many cultural identities, where many races and sexualities and POVs are represented with depth and resonance (i.e. no magical anythings) and avoid Firefly-like blunders where the universe is white-with-a-little-black-for-flavor, with the idea that it is in large or small sense wrong to appropriate (i.e. use for literary benefit)  from cultures not the author's own?
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