Why Yes, I Am A BLAH-ger!

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Author Scott Lynch responds to a critic of the character Zamira Drakasha, a black woman pirate in his fantasy book Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second novel of the Gentleman Bastard series.


The bolded sections represent quotes from the criticism he received. All the z-snaps are in order.

Your characters are unrealistic stereotpyes of political correctness. Is it really necessary for the sake of popular sensibilities to have in a fantasy what…

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(Source: scott-lynch.livejournal.com)

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The entire standard album is up for streaming over on >VH1< It’s genuinely a masterpiece of music and I highly recommend a thorough listening. It tells an incredible story with hugely relevant (and cleverly conveyed) messages at its core. Plus, listening to it will give a lot of context to the paintings — both mood and narrative.

Janelle Monáe’s “The Electric Lady” Album Artwork (Standard + Target Edition) - By Sam Spratt

I’m extremely excited to finally get to share this project. Despite just being two album covers, they’re the product of over 2 months worth of research, countless revisions, built and scratched concepts, working directly with Janelle Monáe and Atlantic Records, to evolve the artwork from sketches to finished paintings alongside her ever-evolving music and image. She’s Grammy-nominated, a Cover Girl, but more so just one of the most mind-blowingly intelligent and talented people I’ve been able to work with and encourage you to check her music out if you haven’t heard of her.

  • A small glimpse into its creation can be found: HERE
  • The narrative that accompanies the paintings can be found: HERE

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