“A silver bullet right through the heart usually kills a werewolf…I think with all supernatural creatures, if you can decapitate them you can pretty much do away with them.”—Anne Rice during a conversation with American Public Media’s Marketplace. If you don’t know, now you know. (via aaknopf)
“It wasn’t until I started reading and found books they wouldn’t let us read in school that I discovered you could be insane and happy and have a good life without being like everybody else.”—John Waters (via adreamoftrains)
“When I’m really into a novel, I’m seeing the world differently during that time - not just for the hour or so in the day when I get to read. I’m actually walking around in a haze, spellbound by the book and looking at everything through a different prism.”
Q. How do you feel about the presence and portrayal of women in comics? As an aspiring comicist (Is that a word?) I cant help but notice how heavily slanted towards men the comic industry is when compared to films and literature, and its kinda bugging me. I liked how Scott Pilgrim and Lost at Sea had a lot for both genders to appreciate and relate to, so I figured you’d have something interesting to say on gender in comics.
A. gender in comics: Sucks. I don’t like to argue about it or point out what sucks about it, because it is self-evident to anyone with a brain, and a lot of people without brains will scream all day that everything is fine. What i’d like to do is try to make comics that are better about gender portrayal and change things in my own small way.
“In the entire country, there were only some four thousand places where a book could be purchased, and most of these were gift shops and stationary stores that carried only a few popular novels,” Davis writes. “In reality, there were but five hundred or so legitimate bookstores that warranted regular visits from publishers’ salesmen (and in 1931 they were all men). Of these five hundred, most were refined, old-fashioned ‘carriage trade’ stores catering to an elite clientele in the nation’s twelve largest cities.” Furthermore, two-thirds of American counties — 66 percent! — had exactly 0 bookstores. It was a relatively tiny business centered in the urban areas of the country. Did some great books come out back then? Of course! But they were aimed only at the tiny percentage of the country that was visible to publishers of the time: sophisticated urban elites. It wasn’t that people couldn’t read; by 1940, UNESCO estimated that 95 percent of adults in America were literate. No, it’s just that the vast majority of adults were not considered to be part of the cultural enterprise of book publishing. People read stuff (the paper, the Bible, comic books), just not what the publishers were putting out.”—Technology - Alexis Madrigal - A Golden Age of Books? There Were Only 500 Real Bookstores in 1931 - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)
SHIT I CAN'T MAKE UP: Convo between my 7year-old students today
(Names have been altered slightly, just in case.)
Josie:I have a new crusshhhhh
Matt:Me too! On a boy!
Pearl:You're a boy with a crush on a boy?
Matt:Yeah he's really cute.
(pause for a bit)
Matt:Boys can like boys. I just can't marry him because boys can't marry boys.
Me:Yeah they can. You can marry whoever you want.
Josie:YEAH my tia has a wife so now I have a titi and a auntie.
Matt:Okay. Then maybe I'll marry him.
Dave:(from across the room) No you can't you're seven.
(Age was apparently the only foreseeable problem anyone of my elementary schoolers could see with gay marriage. I almost cried out of happiness. Later, when I was asked if boys could kiss anyone they wanted, I replied "only if they want to kiss you back." And Josie responded "Yeah! Your body your life.")
I rather resent the implication that paranormal fiction isn’t about anything real.
One of the things I discuss during my school visits is the way I grew up. It’s full of trigger warnings, so let me say that up front. The very short version is very poor, in government housing, in an unsafe…
Perry White:Lois, Clark Kent may seem like just a mild-mannered reporter -- but listen. Not only does he know how to treat his editor-in-chief with the proper respect, not only does he have a snappy, punchy prose style, but he is, in my forty years in this business, the fastest typist I've ever seen.
Total books read: 11 Total pages read: 3,636 Total reviews written: 11
Total time reading: 20 hours and 40 minutes Total time socializing: 1 hour and 52 minutes Total time blogging: 5 hours and 53 minutes Total time: 28 hours and 25 minutes
I pledged a quarter per hour read. I am going to round up to 29 hours for my donation, meaning I am donating $7.25 to Book People Unite. I invite all of my readers to match my donation. $7.25 from one person isn’t much money, but $7.25 from a thousand is.