Just read Lavender House, a murder mystery set during the Lavender Scare and gay-bashing in 1950s San Francisco.
Sometimes you want a neat little mystery that does exactly what the genre says it’s supposed to do. Sometimes you want it to be super gay.
If that is the case and if you don’t mind a few graphic police beatings of gay men, this is the book you want.
CWs: gay-bashing, homophobia, violence, obviously murder, infidelity.
I haven’t read that one yet (my partner just finished it so I’m hoping to steal it from them next time I see them!), but if it’s anything like the other books I’ve read by her, it’s made up of short chapters so you can finish a chapter in one go and then forget you own the book, then go back to it for another chapter a few months later, etc.
So many, but that’s a really really wide topic and also different “levels” and I don’t know if you’re looking for introductions or for very specific stuff!
Here’s a small selection of things I enjoyed reading, though:
I’m not sure why you’re nervous about posting on a federated instance that has the channel you need. Is it a moderation thing?
In general I like to rely on federation and don’t lean towards “duplicates” on several servers, but I also understand the very different approaches per instance :)
(Also, while Antiwork exists there, I think a Work channel would be useful! You know, at least until the Revolution…)
(Oh weird, I still see them here!)
Oh no to the indie bookstore, it’s always so sad to see one struggling so much :(
And great tips for everyone based in the US, thanks for sharing!
Yep, it’s really frustrating - the false information is a real problem, and the fact that their output is so huge means that their SEO is unfortunately really well optimized. So you want to make a simple search on a specific topic and end up on articles that are clearly AI-generated, all over the first and second pages of your search engine.
I enjoy the blog post by Curtis McHale on how he mostly uses YouTube and Reddit for information rather than search engines nowadays.
I’m going to take the opposite approach and say Lemmy is surprisingly active.
I wanted to check an idea of Reddit proportion of lurkers; didn’t find actual data and am definitely not emotionally invested enough to make my own, but it took me to the 1% rule, which states that on an online community, roughly 1% of people create content, 9% edit/update/upvote/comment, and 90% are passive consumers of content.
It’s very true that Lemmy isn’t very active (although it’s definitely been better recently!), but given this, I honestly believe it’s purely a matter of gaining a critical mass of users. So I see two main approaches:
I’ve seen the issue on Mastodon when I joined a few years ago, and my friends and I make a point of not using “favs” too much, just boosting (which puts it in your followers’ timeline) and commenting/replying. It’s a small thing but it’s good etiquette and encourages others to do the same.
They’re called communities here (welcome)! And Stardew Valley :)