Tag Archive | RPF

Turns out there’s a whole published series of Old Hollywood mystery RPF

It’s the Celebrity Sleuths Mystery Series, by George Baxt — 13 books, published between 1984 and 1997, with creative titles like The Greta Garbo Murder Case or The Fred Astaire And Ginger Rogers Murder Case.

Going by online summaries, it looks like they all have the basic formula of “somebody gets murdered, and a star-studded lineup of Golden Age celebrities, led by the one name-checked in the title, needs to solve it.”

Celebrity Murder books

I noted the pattern while shelving people’s returns at the library, but didn’t feel compelled to pull any of them and read further.

And then I saw The Gracie Allen Murder Case, and snapped it up to check out as soon as my shift was over.

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meta: fandom

How the standardizing of the Tokyopop manga format redefined the whole category of “manga” on US shores.

Nobody Ever Admits They’re A BNF – it is ridiculous how true this rings.

A frankly glorious reminiscence about the dawn of fandom on the Internet, with five pages of commenters waxing nostalgic about the days when Altavista ruled search and everyone was on mailing lists.

On the other hand, a program from a slash con in 1993 demonstrates that, even before the Internet, fandom was pretty much exactly the same. (Panels on hurt/comfort, inter-fic plagiarism, fannish racism and misogyny, and, yes, the ethics of RPF.)

Speaking of RPF – people were writing it in the ’70s for teen celebrity magazines…and getting paid for it. Sexy shirtless illustrations included.

And, looking forward on a depressing note: A federal appeals court ruled that the FCC cannot impose net neutrality. In other words, Internet providers can restrict your access to whatever they choose (in this case, Comcast wants the authority to block its subscribers from using BitTorrent). This…is not promising.

Closin’ tabs.

Buddhism may be dying out in Japan. And part of the problem may be commercialization. Does that mean it’s time for a Buddhist Martin Luther?

Oh, and they found a cool rock that either predicts Jesus or shows that Jesus was just cashing in on the buzz of the time, depending on how you want to interpret it.

Some rumination on how it’s darned hard to make jokes about Obama. I almost always laugh when TDS and TCR rag on him, but so much of the audience resists it—well, Jon comments on that in the article. (And Maureen Dowd brings some delicious snark.)

Schools are using more forcible restraint on problem kids. Most cringe-worthy line: “And the children, who have an array of psychiatric diagnoses, from attention deficit to autism, often do not understand what is happening or why.”

For something more thoughtful and less stomach-churning, check out this psychiatrist’s consideration of when to give out his email to patients. Also, therapists can have trouble dealing with rich people.

And on a brighter note entirely, Massachusetts is on the verge of knocking down yet another marriage-related limit, partly because recent developments in California have revealed that same-sex marriage brings the cash. We get rights, the state gets money . . . everybody wins!

Finally: Is it just me, or is this reviewing a book of RPF about Laura Bush?