yrmencyn: (qc - drunk)
Well, here I am in Chicago at the AWP conference.  We've been having a good time -- rode the Megabus on Wednesday, getting dropped off near Union Station just a scant mile from our hotel.  Brogdon, Maria and I are staying at the Palmer House, and.. god, y'all, that's some swanky swank there.  One of our fellow conference-goers (who is wisely staying at the Travelodge; we booked our room before we found that the department was cutting our funding) calls it the four-dollar-banana hotel, for lo, that is the price of a banana on the room service menu.  But it's also absolutely gorgeous, and really with the conference rate it's affordable, even if not super-cheap.  No use crying over spilt milk, so I might as well just enjoy the luxury :)

Yesterday, the first day of the conference, I was a bad conference-goer.  I didn't even bother to show up to registration, much less attend any panels or talks.  Instead, Brogdon, J-Love, Annie and I went to the Shedd Aquarium.  It was SO MUCH FUN.  The exhibits are very well laid out, they have a great variety of different ecosystems represented (everything from the Amazon to the Mekong to the Caribbean to Lake Michigan wetlands), and at 17.95 for all that and a 15 min Planet Earth short on a big screen, it was totally worth it.  When I die, I want to come back as a Leafy Sea Dragon, is all I'm saying.

we continue exploring... )

...and then I talk a long time about queer poetics. )

And now back to rough drafts.
yrmencyn: (vdub)
Some scientists think they've developed a genetic theory of male homosexuality that, you know, makes sense.  You can read about it in an article published yesterday in Slate.  It's actually a pretty brief, lucid article,. but for those of you who are in a hurry, here's the gist:
It's not really homosexuality that's going on here, per se, so much as androphilia: an attraction to men.  So while its social outgrowth in the male gender is homosexuality, its outgrowth in females is, natch, heterosexuality.  The study authors found that aunts of gay men have more children than aunts of straight men.  In essence, according to these findings, gay men are a byproduct of a process that buffers against extinction by underbreeding.
That's the nutshell of a nutshell -- you should read the article.  But I think the social implications are fascinating, since the implication of the findings is that male homosexuality is not 'against nature', but is in fact part of a process that has a net effect of increased fecundity.  'Course the scary religious fanatics won't give a damn -- if we didn't need to understand population mechanics 2000-6000 years ago, we don't need to now! -- but maybe at least some people might go "Hunh.  OK then."

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