"These unscripted speeches are today’s version of the subversive marginalia that popped up in medieval manuscripts. Before the invention of the printing press, small armies of monks used to spend their lives copying the Bible by hand. Just one book, always the same story. After a century or so of this tedium, some monks started doodling in the margins, creating bawdy scenarios such as naked people running around doing naughty things. Polite readers ignored them, but loads of medieval scholars now think they’re the best part. Similarly, when Gratuitous Foreign Languages show up in movies, they usually have nothing to do with the main plot but are often very funny. And, depending on your perspective, they can totally rescue a lousy film."
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.
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.
Maybe you had hoped to find a job that allowed you to practice your feminism and social justice activism professionally, and it didn’t work out. Maybe your chosen field simply has nothing to do with your activism at all. Either is perfectly okay! You don’t have to work in the movement to be a feminist.
But just because your job isn’t feminist in scope doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to incorporate your social justice practices into the workplace. The best professional advice I’ve ever received was at a workshop on finding a job in the movement. One of the speakers on the panel immediately did away with the panel’s topic, telling the group that you do not need to work in the movement to have a feminist job. She told us that it is up to each of us to take the spaces we already occupy and transform them into something feminist. The speaker was right. You probably spend the majority of your waking hours at work, so why shouldn’t you transform it into the kind the kind of place you actually want to be in? We all deserve access to safe, supportive, and – yes – even feminist work spaces.
Libraries are like a playground for your mind, and sometimes, children’s libraries can even look like playgrounds. We love it when a library is as imaginative and creative as the stories that fill them.
To celebrate the magic of children’s libraries we found some of the most creative children’s…
Germans: Oh you’re learning German? Hey, you’re not so bad at it. Don’t fuck it up though.
French: About time you learned French.
Russians, Koreans, Spanish-speakers: WOW YOU’RE LEARNING MY LANGUAGE? LET ME HELP YOU I CAN GET SOME MATERIALS FOR YOU AND RECOMMEND SOME SITES AND VIDEOS, DID YOU JUST SAY “HELLO” IN MY LANGUAGE? YOU ARE SO GREAT WOW I AM SO IMPRESSED
Dutch: but why would you do this
why would you do this
My friends: No, no, why is your accent so terrible? Never say any of this in public, my word.
Their parents: Aw, that’s so cute. You’re doing very well. Keep up the good work!