howitzerliterarysociety:

Anyone who blames a victim instead of a violater, anyone who says the victim is at fault, is essentially saying that given a set of circumstances that allows for it, they themselves would violate another person. It’s the mentality of tyrants.

Preach.
amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Marguerite Gardiner, born 1 September 1789, died 4 June 1849
Seven Quotes
Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
A woman’s head is always influenced by heart; but a man’s heart by his head.
Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.
Some people are capable of making great sacrifices, but few are capable of concealing how much the effort has cost them.
Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.
We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.
Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, was an Irish novelist.
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by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

amandaonwriting:

Happy Birthday, Marguerite Gardiner, born 1 September 1789, died 4 June 1849

Seven Quotes

  1. Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
  2. A woman’s head is always influenced by heart; but a man’s heart by his head.
  3. Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.
  4. Some people are capable of making great sacrifices, but few are capable of concealing how much the effort has cost them.
  5. Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.
  6. We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers.
  7. Talent, like beauty, to be pardoned, must be obscure and unostentatious.

Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington, was an Irish novelist.

Source for Image

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

Moses with that wooden skin of his, plungin’ that accelerator to the floor, Nietzsche by them Dandy Warhols on the radio.

I want a God who stays dead, not plays dead.

I, even I, can play dead.

Parting waters down 40, east towards Little Rock, splashin’ tsunami waves behind, leadin’ no one, lost in thought at 100 mph.

Oh yeah, you should probably read Wild Rain, if you haven’t. (via stephentkennedy)

watchingmedia:

Philadelphia Newspaper Calls Asians “Chinky Winky” and “Dinky Doo”

Publisher Jimmy Tayoun says it’s a “proofreading error.”

In the August 21st print edition of the Philadelphia Public Record, the free weekly tabloid published by former Philadelphia City Councilman turned federal inmate Jimmy Tayoun Sr., current Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla is pictured at an event in Chinatown with, among others, “Chinky Winky,” “Me Too,” and “Dinky Doo.”

  • “It was a proofreading error,” Tayoun told Philadelphia magazine on Friday afternoon. According to Tayoun, the editor who used those names did so because he didn’t have the actual names. When we pointed out to Tayoun that there were actually more names than there were people, he reiterated, “It was a proofreading error.” And when we asked why the editor didn’t use a generic placeholder instead of an ethnic slur, he insisted that there’s no prejudice or bigotry involved here.

"That editor is a Britisher," Tayoun explained, puzzlingly. "He didn’t mean anything by it. The Public Record is the most inclusive publication in Philadelphia.”

via http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/08/22/public-record-philadelphia-chinky-winky-dinky-doo/

[…]

"It was a proofreading error." Yes, you just keep repeating that. I guess he means it’s like a spelling or grammar error, but the editor forgot catch all the racist shit before it went to print. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

Feel free to contact Jimmy Tayoun, publisher of the Philadelphia Public Record, with your thoughts:

PHILADELPHIA PUBLIC RECORD
1323 S. BROAD ST.

PHILADELPHIA, PA 19147
Tel: 215-755-2000 Fax: 215-689-4099

Email: editor@phillyrecord.com
Personal: jimtayoun@gmail.com

read more: http://blog.angryasianman.com/2014/08/philadelphia-paper-prints-photo-caption.html

Ten thousand years of sighing.

ghanailoveyou:

Documentary: The Art of Ama Ata Aidoo

Ama Ata Aidoo was the first African woman playwright, publishing The Dilemma of a Ghost (1965) at the age of 25. She is a poet, a novelist and a feminist.

The documentary follows Aidoo over a course of a year during which she travels to her ancestral village in the Central Region of Ghana.

Aidoo’s writing is rich in historical and cultural context, dealing with slavery, drawing inspiration from colonial Ghana and the post-independence period to present day Africa where support for women’s creative talent remains lacking.

Award-winning director Yaba Badoe (The Witches of Gambaga, 2010) and her producer Amina Mama, a leading feminist scholar, are crowd-funding $45,000 on Indiegogo to cover post-production costs. One-third of the project budget is being covered by donors such as the African Women’s Development Fund and the Global Fund for Women but you can be a donor too.

"When I was growing up, I definitely remember my mother told us folktales. Once I became aware of myself, I occurred to me that I should add to life’s stories."

"Ghanaians have always been nervous about the presence of people of diaspora here. And I think that was in part, due to the fact that they remind us of what we don’t want to deal with. And if fact, in the wake of the slave trade, we were colonized, conquered and again, we have not really dealt with the implications of colonization. What is colonization?

So the relationship between us and the African diaspora is charged”

At what point does a monster cease being human, or human enough to feel the heartbreak that is the unavoidable lot of humankind, human enough for us to feel the compassion we owe the most devilish number of our species?
Francine Prose, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 (via roseoftopaz)

maggie-stiefvater:

parrysh:

Open letter to Maggie Stiefvater, (or any other creator new to having a fandom)

Fandom is messy, I’ve been in quite a number of them and eventually they all hit the fan. There are fights and shipwars and people throwing around insults and to the extreme death threats. Bring in creators interacting with fans, and it seems like you can never win, you’re either wrong for not stepping in or wrong for trying to police us. We’re not kids we don’t need policing, just as you are a person with a life and should not be responsible to police us.

But you have a fandom and you have influence and a lot of young readers who really respect your view-of your work and your opinions- just as you have older readers who wont always agree with or care for your opinion on the matter. I’m not gonna lie it’s never gonna be easier to please your whole fandom at once, because at the end of the day we’re hundreds of different people. We know you’re human and make mistakes, we’re human too and make-a lot of-mistakes and I think that it’s fine if you want to take a step back after the Kavinsky debacle (fandom is draining and drama never really dies down). But you can’t just bow out, it needs a psa, which I presume sounds weird, but just let the fanbase know you’re gonna keep your distance stick to your blog and not engage in certain topics. Because without that closure the fandom-and certain people-are still going to hold onto your words as evidence to back their vile opinions, which you don’t agree with. 

I didn’t post this explicitly, but yes: I have stepped away from fandom interaction, and keep stepping further away.

Both for external reasons — my presence complicates rather than clarifies — and for internal reasons — although I love seeing the fan art & reactions that my books inspired, spending time in the fandom also brings me right up against criticism of me instead of the books. And while I never considered myself a sensitive soul, it turns out it feels very different when a) you can’t participate in the conversation about yourself and b) you are one person and there are tens of thousands of other people. I’m not sure the human brain was ever built to handle such a mismatched relationship, that many connections. I reckon this is why celebrities move to islands and buy herds of elephants and hide under hats and scruffy beards.

I had vowed to never be that totally hands-off author, to keep being Maggie as earnestly as I could for as long as I could, but I’ve lost a lot of afternoons to bad feeling lately, as one of my recent posts confessed.

So please don’t take my lack of wrist-slapping over fandom behavior as unspoken tolerance. It’s just: I’m not the boss of you. You have no boss! You are the wild west. Be free. Be wild mustangs in the prose of the internet. I have sailed to the Undying Lands.

I’m going to go make some cookies.

maggie-stiefvater:

As requested, the starred Kirkus/ Booklist reviews for Blue Lily, Lily Blue with the spoilers helpfully blurred out.

The reviews in their entirety are easily found on the Kirkus & Booklist websites, but do remember that you can’t unsee spoilers, and the Kirkus review in particular has some ruinous ones. And for the kindness of other readers, please keep your spoiler discussions tagged as spoilers, under cuts, or untagged until the books come out.

ifreakinlovebooks:

Christine Heppermann’s brilliant author note from Poisoned Apples.