rax: (vulpix is not pleased)
If you don't care about Readercon, you can safely ignore this post. If you're not sure if you care, Readercon is a small books-focused convention held in the Boston area that I used to attend and spent a year on the committee for. They are currently getting a lot of negative publicity because of a sexual harassment case that they chose to violate their policy in handling. You can read their statement here and the comments have most of the context. If you want more context, there's plenty out there on the Internet; you can start from this great summary.

A few of my friends and a bunch of strangers have been posting about how this makes them unwilling to attend, or deeply conflicted about attending, Readercon. I've felt that way for multiple years at this point, but haven't said anything publically, both because I didn't want to start drama and because it just felt like too much to actually talk about this shit. I think it's important to bring this up now, not because the sexual harassment and safety issues aren't more important --- they are --- but because I know some of you are on the fence about attending Readercon, especially a Readercon organized by the current board. I am telling you this story because I want you to get off the fence, and not attend a Readercon organized by the current board.
And here is why. )

footnotes, because I do that )
I've been distracted from Readercon updates by a number of things, not least by getting voted onto the Readercon ConCom. Wait, what? The first meeting was frustrating but fruitful, harrowing[1] but hopeful, and an impressive amount of energy considering the con just happened last weekend. People care, a lot, and that is good. Anything I say on LJ (unless I say otherwise) is of course my personal opinion and not the opinion of Readercon as a whole, but that said, please do point me at things that you think I should read (I've probably read some of them already but I'm sure I missed things) and if you want to say something to me but not on LiveJournal, I'm at rachel@akrasiac.org.

Many of you will not be surprised to find out that I've been made the minutes-taker for meetings because of my tendency to write down everything anyone says ever. :) More later, now is recovering-before-work-tomorrow time. Also, I will post about not-Readercon sometime soon, I promise.

[1] And, Greer-like, I do mean "the tilling of soil in order to place things there that can then grow" and not just "painful."
Here are the first two panels I attended on Friday. It's going to take me a few days to get through all of this, holy good lord is there a lot of information. (In case it's not clear here, most of this is transcribed from notes and cobbled together; if something has my original ideas in it, it's probably in parentheses.)

The Literature of Things: A Panel.

A detailed summary of this panel. )

Catharsis of Myth, Shock of Invention: Panel

And another cut tag so I don't eat your friends page. *chomp* )
I'll start with general notes and Thursday. I know it will take more than one entry. First, general thoughts, in bulleted list form:
  • This was my fourth year at Readercon, and I finally felt like I knew most people, if not by name, by sight. It was a good feeling, and not a place I really expected to have it. Also, I took Friday off, and it was totally the right call. Not doing so would have caused me to miss like half the con. As a came-Thursday-and-took-Friday-off person I was really glad that Saturday and Sunday were a little more chill; if I had showed up Friday at 7 PM I would have been rather miffed.
  • It was my first year as a "pro" and I think I actually did a good job of giving other people things to think about the way that they've been giving me things to think about. So that's a win. Readercon does value some type of credentials in a way I don't fully understand and I should probably explore more at some point, but it was really nice that no one cared that I didn't have a PhD.
  • As [livejournal.com profile] veejane  notes in another con roundup, there were not that many people of color, and most of them were panelists. The sad thing? I had also been prepared to remark that it felt more diverse than last year. (I do think there was more representation of gender variance than in previous years, but I might just be primed to look for it. Come to think of it, that could be going on with race too.)
  • I actually only bought three books, mostly because my budget is still smarting from the Anthrocon art show. But the Anthrocon posts don't require as much memory, so I'm writing them later. :)
  • Two cons, two weekends, too much. I never want to do anything social ever again, ever. I'm hoping this fades by like Thursday and I return to "I'm an extrovert whose friends are introverts and I'm loooonely" as per normal. :)
  • A lot of people have been criticizing the plan for Readercon 21 and, while I don't like "This is your father's Readercon" either, I actually think there's a lot of potential. This might be at least in part due to my I-guess-no-longer-secret plan to help out and do a bunch of organizing to make sure it's awesome. Of course I have to somehow combine that and "thesis!!!" and "moving!!!" and maybe also "wedding!!!" So we'll see. EDIT:  Lots of interesting commentary here.
  • I literally took more than 100 pages of notes. I filled most of a 5x8 Moleskine. My right arm still hurts, fingers to shoulder. It was worth it. I won't be retyping all of the notes here; I am hoping that summarizing will actually provide a better reading experience, but that depends on me translating things well and choosing the interesting bits, I suppose. :)
OK, now onto panels, one by one. Only two in this entry.
Long, with long sauce. But also awesome. )

[1] My notes say "writers" but I'm pretty sure that "readers" was both said and meant.

October 2016

2324 2526272829


RSS Atom

Most Popular Tags

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios