He said, ‘These are books, and you can take one home.’ And I’m like, ‘What’s the catch?’
And he explained to me there was no catch …
The books made the difference. By the time I was 15, I knew there was a world outside the camps. I believed I could find a place in it. And I did.
Storycorps today is a must, must, must-listen. Storm Reyes grew up in migrant labor camps, where she learned how to handle herself in a knife fight before she learned how to ride a bike. There weren’t any books in her life — they were too heavy for families that were always on the move.
When she was 12, a bookmobile came by the camp, and the staffer convinced a hesitant Reyes that she — yes, she — could take books home. She learned about volcanoes and dinosaurs, and came back for more books when she was through.”That started it,” she tells her son in their Storycorps interview — that was the spark that motivated her to seek a life outside the camps.
And when she grew up? She became a librarian.
Give it a listen. There’s no better way to end the week.
Libraries change lives.
Three’s Company (1977-84)
Before Jack Tripper (John Ritter), people would look at you twice if you were an American male chef. Nowadays, Michael Voltaggio, Curtis Stone, and Spike Mendelsohn make it easy to forget that Tripper was deconstructing culinary conversations around gender—not to mention, regaling his two female roommates with chauvinistic repartee more than 30 years ago.
the princess diaries 2 is on and I’m missing carlyjanees a lot because of it.
(it’s also the perfect occasion to finish that bottle of wine from last night.)
Here is my favorite story ever about The Princess Diaries 2:
About ten years ago, in the robust heyday of the Airplane Movie, i.e. before iPads came along, my family went to Paris for Christmas. (Yes, I have led a hard life.) And about three quarters of the way through our long, looong flight over the Atlantic, I decided to go ahead and watch The Princess Diaries 2, which was just queuing up on one of the plane’s movie channels.
This decision was, of course, immediately, mercilessly mocked by my then-teenaged brother, who was sitting in the seat next to me.
How he laughed. How he SCOFFED. I should be embarrassed, he declared, to be seen in public enjoying such an unworthy film.
"Shut up," I said, turning up the volume to drown out the sound of his derisive cackling.
Shortly thereafter. I became totally absorbed in the adventures of Mia, Princess of Genovia, and forgot all about the snarky pubescent critic immediately to my right. Until, at the movie’s most critical climactic moment, the screen suddenly blipped and went blank, and the pilot’s voice in my headset informed me that we had begun our descent into Paris…
…and next to me, my brother blurted out, “But… but… WHICH GUY DOES SHE MARRY?!!!” in a tone of TOTAL INDIGNANT DEVASTATION.
This is also, incidentally, one of my favorite stories about my brother.
And I should add that he was very upset to discover that The Princess Diaries 2 was not being shown on our return flight home.
"It’s my first time here. I wanted to come to - you know you don’t go to Comic Con without going down on the floor and seeing it all, and so the way I came up with doing that was Spider-Man." - Daniel Radcliffe at the 2014 SDCC