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Do You Want to Read Something That Made Me Cry Yesterday?

14 Sep


Note: Not sure how I feel about the private —> public nature of the linked article. But despite that, it’s pretty moving. T_T    You’ve been warned!


Shirley Jackson

19 Aug

Did you read “The Lottery” in 9th grade? The stones? Remember? You were like O_O and couldn’t get to sleep that night?

May I recommend her last novel, published only three years before Jackson’s 1965 death, We Have Always Lived in the Castle? Spoooooky. Unreliable narrators, creepy towns, agoraphobia, everyday evil, outsider/insiderness! What’s not to like?

Sarah Vowell

18 Aug

Whenever writer Sarah Vowell contributes to This American Life, I know that episode’s gonna be good! Love or hate her cartoon voice, it’s one you can’t refuse to listen to. Here are all the episodes she’s ever contributed to!

Here she is promoting her book on “The Daily Show” in 2009. (Aw, you have to click on link.) Vowell’s published six slightly wacky nonfiction books; the latest Unfamiliar Fishes, was published this year.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Sarah Vowell
Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog The Daily Show on Facebook

Ms. Frizzle as Style Icon

12 Aug

I’m so glad Hannah at the ModCloth blog shares my Ms. Frizzle fashion love. I’m getting so excited about my student teaching wardrobe possibilities. When will I get to wear my dino earrings and stegosaurus shirt!?

Julie of the Wolves

11 Aug

Remember this?

 I know, it was amazing.

The bf and I spotted Eerie, Indiana late last night on Netflix and I got into a major nostalgia fit for all the things I really really liked in elementary school.

Then Wikipedia taught me the real true-life story of the Julie of the Wolves genesis and I’m even more in love!

In 1970, Jean George and her son, Luke went on a trip to Barrow, Alaska to do research on wolves for an article for Reader’s Digest. As they flew into the Barrow airport, she and her son spotted a young Eskimo girl on the tundra, whom her son said “looked awfully little to be out there by herself.” At the Barrow Arctic Research Lab, George observed scientists who were studying wolves and attempting to break their communication code. She allegedly witnessed a man bite the wolf on the top of its nose and communicate with it in soft whimpers, and “the incident stayed with George”. George herself successfully communicated with a female wolf, and upon remembering the Eskimo girl walking by herself on the tundra that she and her son Luke saw on their way to Barrow, she decided to write a book about a young girl surviving on her own in the tundra by communicating with wolves. The character of Miyax/Julie is based on an Eskimo woman named Julia Sebevan, who taught George “about the old ways of the Eskimos.”

Hmmm, not sure how I’d feel about this if I read it now? Would I be bummed by a white lady romanticizing  “the old ways of the Eskimos”? I kind of want to read it again and see! But I also used to love The Little Mermaid and now I realize how unfeminist it was, and it’s ruined and I can’t watch it anymore. :/ What to do what to do! But I’m pretty sure Julie of the Wolves is timelessly and reader-agelessly awesome. Right?

For Books’ Sake

5 Aug

Have you ever used technorati? Try it, it’s cooool! Technorati allows you to look for the top blogs (using some crazy popularity/legitimacy formula) for any word. I looked up “feminism” (how predictable) and found some cool sites.

One was For Books’ Sake: Books by and for Independent Women. In their own words:

For Books’ Sake is an intelligent but irreverent website featuring books by and for independent women. Featuring classic and contemporary writing by both iconic and upcoming women authors, it includes news, reviews and interviews.

With only fourteen women winners in more than forty years of the Booker Prize, and the recent statistics from VIDA showing that in a 2010 audit of mainstream media, about 75% of books reviewed were by male authors, our intention is to give women authors a platform and a voice, and to celebrate and promote their writing.

Horrible Screencap Courtesy of Windows :/

And it has a cool design! And is very well-organized for browsing purposes. Explore!

Tamara Drewe

4 Aug

This graphic novel was made into a film in 2010. It received ok reviews, but whatever, I haven’t seen it and it’s not a ladymade film.

The book, however, is written by lady graphic novelist Posy Simmonds. This modern twist on Far from the Madding Crowd was originally published as a serialized comic in The Guardian.

I thought it was nice to read the whole story in a few sittings, though. It’s an interesting mix of big blocks of printed text and illustrations with speech bubbles. So it kind of looks like a hybrid between a children’s book and a traditional graphic novel. The writing is strong–perhaps stronger than the visuals–and the characters are well-developed and intriguing. A lot of them are terrible and foolish, but at the same time, self-aware. Tamara Drewe is a columnist/hottie (now that she’s hacked off her big nose) who returns to the small English town of her youth, where her neighbors include those at a writer’s colony and really bored teenagers. This book focuses a lot on the power and burden of beauty. Basically, everyone loses in this book – pretty and ugly alike. And Tamara’s beauty makes everyone kind of hate/fear/love her at the same time.