Friday Links (12th century gay werewolf edition)

One of Marie de France’s 12th century stories involves a king getting laid by a man-beast named Bisclavret. © Alexander Barattin/Daily Xtra

One of Marie de France’s 12th century stories involves a king getting laid by a man-beast named Bisclavret. © Alexander Barattin/Daily Xtra

It’s a Friday! And it’s the first Friday in October! That means it’s almost jack o’lantern season. Hurrah!

My hubby and I are going to GeekGirlCon tomorrow and I’m soooooo looking forward to it! I need a vacation. Let’s hope this one doesn’t get interrupted.

Anyway, here are links to some of the interesting things I read on the web this week, sorted into various topic areas.

Links of the Week

‘Superhero’ Dethrones ‘Princess’ As Favorite Kids’ Costume.

How Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Lost Its Way: The near-extinction of America’s oldest brands and the death of a spirits category. This is actually a history of the American rye whiskey industry from the turn of the previous century to today, and is fascinating!

A gay werewolf tale from the 12th century.

This Week in Restoring Our Faith in Humanity

Famed Target Cashier Gets A Big Reward For His Viral Act Of Kindness.

This week in mass hysteria

The Wave of Evil Clown Sightings Is Nothing to Worry About. It Happens Every Few Years!

Here Are The Best And Most Ridiculous Evil Clown Safety Alerts.

‘Killer Clowns’: Inside the Terrifying Hoax Sweeping America.

Clowns were creepy long before they were fun.

Professional clowns fighting back against ‘scary clown’ image.

Clown sightings: the day it all began..”Sociologist Robert Bartholomew at Botany College in New Zealand has studied mass hysteria for decades, and said the current clown scare is a result of two rising forces in the US: social media, and a fear of otherness”

This week in evil people

Creepy: This story about Ted Bundy before anyone knew he was killing women.

British book dealer slain for his first edition of ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ prosecutors say.

News for queers and our allies:

For many LGBTQ people, even a routine doctor visit can be a ‘degrading experience’.

How Exclusion From the Military Strengthened Gay Identity in America.

‘Follow your current and love yourself’: Meet the mermen swimming against stereotypes.

Kylie Minogue And Fiance Joshua Sasse Vow Not To Marry Until Same-Sex Marriage Is Legalized in Australia.

This week in weather

Hurricane Matthew Makes Old Problems Worse for Haitians.

Why the ‘tough love’ on Hurricane Matthew evacuation?

Matt Drudge’s Hurricane Conspiracy Theory Comment Is Irresponsible In The Worst Way.

Conservative Hurricane Truthers Downplay Danger Of Hurricane Matthew.

Orlando’s first post-Pulse pride celebration was postponed this due to the change in course of Hurricane Matthew.


Implication of sabotage adds intrigue to SpaceX investigation.

The Human Remembering Machine.

What if PTSD Is More Physical Than Psychological?

Scientists gave squirrels fitness trackers and found that males are lazy and females do all the work.

UW professor is co-winner of Nobel Prize in physics.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Speculation!

Stopping Harassment After the Fact Just Isn’t Good Enough.

Quick Thoughts – Some Opinions on the State of Short Fiction.

Real-Life Superhero Roxane Gay Is Writing Queer Black Women Into Comics.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and four decades of queer sci fi punk.

Three Easy Steps to Fix the World Fantasy Convention.

A Gallery of George Salter F&SF Covers.

And other news:


Man Steals Barrel Full Of $1.5 Million Worth Of Gold Flakes.

This week in Writing


The doxxing of Elena Ferrante: the uproar over the novelist’s secret identity, explained.

This Week in History

British Fascist leader fo short shrift from his Welsh audiences.

This Week in Tech

Security Design: Stop Trying to Fix the User.

Yahoo ‘secretly monitored emails on behalf of the US government’.

More details: Yahoo Adapted Email-Scanning Spam Filter to Satisfy ‘Secret Court Order’ Related to Terrorist Hunt.

Why an iPhone master key is better than a backdoor, but still too dangerous.

This Week in Police Problems

Why It’s So Hard to Stop Bad Cops From Getting New Police Jobs.

In the Chicago Police Department, If the Bosses Say It Didn’t Happen, It Didn’t Happen: story of a massive criminal gang operating within the police department.

Culture war news:

The states that siphon welfare money to stop abortion.

GOP Candidate: There’s A Secret Gay Plot To Sodomize Your Children.

Pope warns of ‘ideological colonization’ in transgender teachings.

Louisiana governor sues his attorney general for not following LGBTQ protections.

Leaked Videos Show Mormon Leaders Getting Possibly Classified Information from a U.S. Senator.

My Homeschooled Friend Killed Himself, And His Family Wouldn’t Talk About It.

Jack Falahee and Conrad Ricamora Speak Out After Philippine TV Censors Gay ‘HTGAWM’ Kiss.

This Week Regarding the Lying Liar:

Donald Trump: Terroristic Man-Toddler.

Don’t underestimate Cosmo. Women’s magazines are taking on Trump.


Pence Spends Entire Vice Presidential Debate Pretending Trump Doesn’t Exist.

Here’s Why Mike Pence Advised Against Hiring Gay People: He also has opinions on “gaydom”.

6 things Donald Trump definitely said that Mike Pence claimed he didn’t.

Democratic Congressman: Trump Will “Gut You,” “Walk Over Your Cold Dead Body”.

Mike Pence’s Defining Moment As Governor? Enabling An HIV Outbreak.

POLITICS George Takei Just Destroyed Mike Pence In Epic Tweetstorm.

This week in Politics:

Stephen Colbert Rips Mike Pence’s Anti-Gay Record in VP Debate Wrap-Up: WATCH.

Texas Newspaper Destroys The Myth That Hillary Clinton Is The Lesser Of Two Evils.

Whitewater Prosecutor Backs Hillary.

Years before ‘Aleppo moment,’ Gary Johnson showed little interest in details of governing.

Judges Who Are Elected Like Politicians Tend to Act Like Them.

Don’t Hold Your Breath For Gender Parity In Congress — It Could Take Another 100 Years.

For the third time since The Atlantic’s founding 159 years ago, the editors endorse a candidate for president. The case for Hillary Clinton.

Hillary is running on the most progressive platform in the modern history of the Democratic party.

This Week in Racism

The U.S. Owes African-Americans Reparations, Says United Nations.

When We Turned #ThatMexicanThing Into Stories Of Our Patriotism and Resilience.

Fox News fit an impressive number of offensive Asian stereotypes into 5 minutes.

This Week in Sexism

Students see male professors as brilliant geniuses, female professors as bossy and annoying.

“But, what was she wearing?”

Sarah MacLean: Bashing Romance Novels Is Just Another Form Of Slut-Shaming.


Rest in Power: Gloria Naylor, Author of ‘The Women of Brewster Place,’ Has Died.

‘Thriller’ Writer Rod Temperton Dies at 66.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 10/1/2016: Six-year-old in critical condition.

Oppressed Oppressors: Not all Christians….


Stephen Colbert: Don’t Paint All Clowns With The Same Giant Brush:

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Parekh & Singh – I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll:

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Katy Perry – Rise:

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About fontfolly

I've loved reading for as long as I can remember. I write fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and nonfiction. For more than 20 years I edited and published an anthropomorphic sci-fi/space opera literary fanzine. I attend and work on the staff for several anthropormorphics, anime, and science fiction conventions. I live near Seattle with my wonderful husband, still completely amazed that he puts up with me at all.

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