im going to open a literature-themed coffee/dessert shop called “Lord of the Pies” and some of the flavor names will be:
- the grape gatsby
- lime & punishment
- the adventures of blackberry finn
- the crepes of wrath
- the catcher in the pie
- war and quiche
- around the world in eighty buffets
- 20,000 leagues under the tea
- the call of the wildberry
OPEN IT AND I WILL COME.
Sometimes I forget that there are some people who are just bad writers and I’ll be like three-quarters done with a book and trying to understand the stylistic choice the author has made when suddenly I’ll realize: this isn’t a stylistic choice. This isn’t something the author can control. This is a bad writer.
PS: don’t read “The First Days” by Rhiannon Frater.You don’t really understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world. —
this…is critical knowledge
BRONX HIP-HOP COLLECTIVE TO LAUNCH A ‘RADICAL’ LIBRARY FOR YOUTH
MOTT HAVEN — Rappers feed off great beats, but they’re nourished by great books.
That’s one message the hip-hop-centric Rebel Diaz Arts Collective hopes to convey to local youth with a community library they will soon run out of their headquarters in a former candy factory by the Bruckner Expressway.
“I tell them, ‘The more you read, the iller you’ll be as an emcee,’” said Rodrigo Venegas, aka Rodstarz, one-third of the rap crew, Rebel Diaz, and a founding member of the cultural collective with an activist bent.
The roughly 20-member collective has partnered with Bluestockings, the independent Lower East Side bookstore, to amass about 300 mostly donated books on radical politics, Hispanic and black history and hip hop.
By erecting the small library in the same space where it hosts monthly hip-hop open mic nights that draw rising rappers and their fans from across the city, the collective is trying to convince these young people that the slickest rhymers are often also the sharpest readers.
“If we make it cool to read books in the South Bronx,” Venegas said, “then it’s a victory.”
The Richie Perez Radical Library, named for a South Bronx educator and activist who died in 2004, combines works by influential thinker-agitators, such as Angela Davis and Malcolm X, with writings by hip-hop luminaries including KRS-One, the RZA and Jay-Z.
#radical library #youth
#radical #hiphop collective #thinkers #agitators # Lower East Side bookstore
This is so cool. I NEED to figure out where the radical activists of Boston reside…
Depends what kind of activism you do and how high your tolerance for white folks are. There are a lot of collectives in Allston, but Allston is also bro-ville, and many of these collectives (like the one where I live) are largely white students. I’m not a social person, so I don’t know a lot about where activists congregate, but my housemates are people with wide connections, so I’m happy to ask if there is something particular you are looking for.
I really want to make a lending library, so if you find some others, I’d love to hear more. Here is an eBook library gleaned largely from readabookson, but I converted a bunch of the PDFs to MOBI files, which are readable by Kindles and other eBook readers and tablets and I think smart phones.Will the kids love it? McDonald's swaps Happy Meal toys for books - latimes.com
He read The Lord of the Rings for what I’m estimating the millionth time, one of his greatest loves and comforts since he’d first discovered it, back when he was nine and lost and lonely and his favourite librarian had said, Here try this, and with one suggestion changed his life. Got through almost the whole trilogy, but then the line “and out of Far Harad black men like half-trolls” and he had to stop, his head and his heart hurting too much. —
“After a successful pilot program, McDonald’s has pledged to distribute 15 million books in England over the next two years. In its Happy Meals. Instead of toys.” Then they call toys “brightly-colored plastic gee-gaws.”
SO COOL. (via Penguin Press)
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (via mybrotherspeach)
#yuuuuup #’shadow in the east’ much? #’men of the west’ much? #the undying lands across the sea to the west much? #it’s sooooo funny how the men of the south and east are twisted mercenaries serving sauron #and the dunedain are blessed with long life #and are the ~noblest among men~ #and the men of rohan all blonde blue eyed and nordic #are the other ‘good’ group of men #funny that #and all you have to do is look at the movies #and look which cultures they drew costuming ideas from#i mean don’t get me wrong i love lotr it was and remains one of my favourite series#you’re lying to yourself if you think that they’re not racist
I just finished this book on Saturday, and lines like this totally destroyed me.
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Do not pity the dead, pity the living, and above all those who respond “I don’t read,” to the question “What’s your favorite book?”
I WILL NOT HEAR YOUR WELL-REASONED EXPLANATIONS OF WHY THIS IS A SHITTY THING TO SAY WHEN IT IS THE SOUND MY SOUL MAKES.
Reading the acknowledgements on books makes me cry.
I wish they had book-reading support groups. Book buddies. Not book clubs. Someone else who just read the book you read for the first time and will hold your hand and have feelings with you.
I LOVE READING.
You guise, you guise. The idea that there are people who go through their lives NOT reacting aloud to books is heart-breaking.
Image description: A drawing of someone sitting on a pile of books holding their knees and looking distraught. Text says “That moment when you finish a book, look around, and realize that everyone is just carrying on with their lives… as if you didn’t just experience emotional trauma at the hands of a paperback.” End.
Okay, but seriously, after I finish a good book all I can do is lie in bed not-really-weeping saying things like “you don’t know what it’s liiiiike, you don’t even knowww” to my imaginary audience of people who did not read this book.
I loooove my new local library. It’s right at the end of my street and it’s big and new and clean with lots of seating and even their for-sale books are good! Almost bought a bunch of Sweet Valley High books (5 for $1!) but talked myself out of it. Their hours are good, too, and they have a ton of CDs and DVDs and a big young adult section.
This has been a library appreciation post.when it could have been mentioned that Dumbledore was queer
I don’t have the books in front of me right now so I am sure I am forgetting tons of potential moments! Feel free to add more.
- when Harry and Dumbledore were alone with the Mirror of Erised. His answer didn’t have to be “woolen socks”.
- someone could have written bathroom graffiti of “Dumbldore is teh gay” and Harry could have asked him about that.
- Hagrid could have accidentally outed him.
- Madame Rosemerta could’ve made an appreciative comment of having at least one guy not flirting with her.
- Rita Skeeter could have brought it up in her biography on Dumbledore’s life. or at any time, when making Dumbledore sound senile.
- someone could definitely have made a crack about Dumbledore’s trust for Snape and snakes.
- Dumbledore could have danced with a man at the Yule Ball.
- he could have had a picture of his lover on his desk.
- Phineas Nigellus could’ve made a snarky comment about homosexuality.
- if it was well-known in the wizarding world, Ron could have said something and then Harry and Hermione could say, “what the fuck?” Ron could lord his knowledge over their heads.
- on his Chocolate Frog card he could have been listed as the first (or second or third) openly gay Headmaster at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
- or if that didn’t fit on his Chocolate Frog card, surely it could have been mentioned in Hogwarts: A History.
- Dumbledore’s sexuality could have been gossiped about after an Order of the Phoenix meeting. Fred and George could have overheard.
- Remus or Sirius might’ve outed Dumbledore in one of their talks with Harry.
- Dumbledore could’ve mentioned that he was gay.
For everyone who has been saying ~but it would be weird~, here are AT LEAST A FEW THINGS that could have happened, along with a few things that SHOULD have happened (at the VERY least, Hogwarts: A History). But seriously, Hagrid outing him in one of the last few books would have been COMPLETELY in-character (oh, I shouldn’t’ve said that), potentially amusing, easily downplayed and mostly-forgotten, AND ACTUALLY HAD HER WRITING ABOUT A GAY CHARACTER, NOT A CHARACTER WHO SHE SAID AFTER ALL WAS SAID AND DONE WAS GAY.
How being inclusive is easier than you think it is part 30420482304.
I mean, what JKR actually did was a start, but I really hope that she in future books and the writers who she inspires will realize that there’s even more they can do.
I actually think the way more obvious/better in terms of the plot opportunity was when Harry so angry/angsty/bothered about Dumbledore’s relationship with Grindelwald. JK Rolling revealed that Dumbledore was in love with Grindelwald, which was a big part of the reason he was so taken with him and his ideology, even though it was so toxic! I think that if that was explored in the book, Dumbledore’s involvement with Grindelwald would have been so much more understandable. It actually hurt Dumbledore’s character a bit for that NOT be addressed. And it was a missed opportunity in more ways than one since A CENTRAL THEME of Harry Potter is love. Snape changed sides over his love for Lily. Wouldn’t have it been interesting if we saw how love had the power to lead even one of the greatest wizards of all time astray???? I think that should have been explored.
Bolded because, seriously. Other people in HP’s love and sexuality is not merely mentioned, it is essential. Think about every other character and whom they loved. The books need Snape loving Lily and James loving Lily and Lily and James loving Harry and Harry loving both of them. It needs the Weasleys loving their children and one another and Harry and Hermione and welcoming Fleur at last. It needs James loving Sirius and Lupin and even (especially) Peter Pettigrew so that Harry and Hermione and Ron could all love one another the way they love their school. It needs Dobby loving Harry and Kreature loving Rigelus and Rigelus loving him in return. It needs Hagrid, whose wizard father loved a giantess, scooping Harry out of the rubble of his home with one dustbin lid-sized hand and returning again eleven years later to protect him and usher him into a new life— because love like that makes Harry understand that no one he loves would intentionally betray him to Voldemort, the man who couldn’t love, born of a woman who tricked a man with infatuation because she grew up so abused that she didn’t know what love looked like. The story doesn’t work without a love so powerful that it doesn’t merely act as a shield, it is a weapon all its own. Without a love that makes the object of that love untouchable a decade and a half later.
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I would like to apologize for live-blogging “The Deathly Hallows” from a taqueria earlier today, but I am not at all sorry. So.
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