Five Star's 317th Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Yan Lianke

This week's Five Star roundup is brought to you by racial politics and a sports figure who should know better, strange turns in the road to becoming a parent, a good friend well missed, a violent and dehumanizing system, the politics of colour editing in comics, a call to be better, and Yan Lianke:

by Georges Seguin (Okki) (own work) [ GFDL  or  CC BY-SA 3.0 ],  via Wikimedia Commons

by Georges Seguin (Okki) (own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

For complexity does not inevitably heighten a story's verisimilitude, or its power to convince; sometimes simplicity and economy make for a more vigorous exposition, propelling the drama forward.
— Yan Lianke, Serve the People!: A Novel

Happy reading!

"It's Great Mo'ne Davis Had It In Her to Forgive That Guy. But Still, Fuck That Guy." by Damon Young at VSB:

There’s nothing to be happy about — no feel-good takeaways — when a middle school girl gets insulted by a man and has to speak up for him so he can continue a baseball career no one gives a fuck about. She is not supposed to be anyone’s savior or protector. We need to be saving and protecting her.

"The Sperm Part 2: Fresher Sperm" by Sara Hyde at Turkey Baster Baby:

So in the quest to get the freshest sperm possible we now have our donor coming over to masturbate at our house.  When I imagined this I thought it would be super awkward but actually it was pretty okay.

"Time and Space, My Friend" by Meg at Pigspittle Ohio:

All I remember about graduation is being ashamed of my shoes. My fucking shoes. So today I exchange my memory for his. I make it my own: we were kind to each other when the reality of all that we would leave behind and all that we would find ahead smacked us across the face.

"Our Bodies Are Not Terra Nullius" by Naomi at Kwe Today:

I am scared. I am angry. I am sad.
Yesterday I received the news of the verdict. “You must have heard by now,” my friend sent me. I didn’t. I just got off the plane. I was on my way to an interview. I checked twitter. Practically silent. I checked Facebook. Same thing. I googled his name to find the media had begun reporting on the verdict.
Her name is Cindy Gladue.

"Lighten Up" by Ronald Wimberly at Medium's The Nib:

Maybe you're reading this and thinking, "that doesn't seem like a big deal." But at that moment I thought…
"is this racist?"
…and I know that if I'm asking that question, the answer is probably "yes."

"Bake For Them Two" by Jessica Kantrowitz at Ten Thousand Places:

Christians, our Jesus said to not only follow the law, but to rise to a higher standard of love. Christians should be the FIRST people baking cakes — for everyone who asks us. We should be known for our cake baking. People should be saying, “There go those crazy Christians again, baking cakes for everyone. They just won’t quit!”


And because you are a fan of finding good, new writing on the internet: