In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
In no particular order:
1. Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet. Brilliant author and probably the first gay fiction that I ever read. I felt very subversive reading it in public.
2. Shimmer by Sarah Schulman. tinyfist recommended her writing and it was a transcendent experience. I will never be as good a writer as Sarah Schulman but I am happy she shares her talent with the world so I can read it.
3. Corduroy by Don Freeman. My favorite book as a child. Later on, I read more about him and not only was he an author/illustrator but also a professional jazz musician. Also, in a world calling for diversity in children’s literature, Corduroy (written in the late 1960’s) features an African American girl as the main human character.
4. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. God Almighty, I hate this book. It was required reading in high school and it hated it with a passion. Turns out so did everyone else. "Hey Mrs. Kinetta, are you still inflicting all that horrible Ethan Frome damage on your students?” - John Cusack, Grosse Pointe Blank
5 and 6. Social Studies/Metropolitan Life by Fran Lebowitz. I was just a middle school kid from the suburbs when I first read these two books. I think I found them at used/new bookstore that had just opened in the town next door. I fell in love with her wit and immediately planned to move to New York.
7. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka. This is my signature story when I have to substitute for the Childrens Librarians. I adore Jon’s cheeky sense of humor and his passion for getting boys to read.
8. Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci (aka misscecil) Her debut novel hooked me with its tale of a teenage fangirl. I have been her biggest fan ever since I read that book (but not in the stalkery, Misery kidnapping and hobbling way).
9. Mirrofish by Timothy G. White. I owned an art supply store for many years and during that time, I didn’t spend much time reading. My best friend hitimadvice wrote this delightful book so I had to read it. It brought me back into the reading fold after a long absence.
10. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis. A remnant of my college years. I remember reading this book and thinking he was the voice of my generation. What bullshit.
He is taking a course on Marxist ideology.
He says, “The only real solution is to smash the system and start again.”
His thumb is caressing the most bourgeois copy of the communist manifesto that I have ever seen,
He bought it at Barnes and Noble for twenty-nine U.S. American dollars and ninety-nine cents,
Its hard cover shows a dark man with a scarved face
Waving a gigantic red flag against a fictional smoky background.
The matte finish is fucking gorgeous.
He wants to be congratulated for paying Harvard sixty thousand dollars
To teach him that the system is unfair.
He pulls his iPhone from his imported Marino wool jacket, and leaves.
What people can’t possibly tell from the footage on TV
Is that the water cannon feels like getting whipped with a burning switch.
Where I come from, they fill it with sewer water and hope that they get you in the face with your mouth open
So that the hepatitis will keep you in bed for the next protest.
What you can’t tell from Harvard square,
Is that when the tear gas bursts from nowhere to everywhere all at once,
It scrapes your insides like barbed wire, sawing at your lungs.
Tear gas is such a benign term for it,
If you have never breathed it in you would think it was a nostalgic experience.
What you can’t learn at Barnes and Noble,
Is that when they rush you, survival is to run,
I am never as fast as when the police are chasing me.
I know what happens to women in the holding cells down there and yet…
We still do it.
I inherited my communist manifesto,
It has no cover—
Because my mother ripped it off when she hid it in the dust jacket of “Don Quixote”
The day before the soldiers destroyed her apartment,
Looking for subversive propaganda.
She burned the cover, could not bring herself to burn the pages,
Hoped to God the soldiers couldn’t read,
They never found it.
So she was not killed for it, but her body bore the scars of the torture chamber,
For wanting her children to have a better life than she did,
Don’t talk to me about revolution.
I know what the price of smashing the system really is, my people already tried that.
The price of uprise is paid in blood,
And not Harvard blood.
The blood that ran through the streets of Santiago,
The blood thrown alive from Argentine helicopters into the Atlantic.
It is easy to say “revolution” from the comfort of a New England library.
It is easy to offer flesh to the cause,
When it is not yours to give.
“If a Disney princess had night terrors, the story of Sansa Stark might be what woke her up screaming. Often overlooked in favor of her killer kid sister, the elder Stark sibling has had all her illusions about the world, and her safety in it, shattered. But her quiet, innate political shrewdness and emotional strength have enabled her to survive in a royal court that likely would have cost every other member of her family their heads. She’s the show’s best-kept secret.”—Rollingstone about Sansa Stark in their list of top 40 game of thrones characters. Sansa is number 4. x (via tomlincum)
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
DC:Wonder Woman is too difficult to find a movie audience for-
Marvel:YO YOU LIKE BLACK WIDOW? HERE SHE IS IN THE NEXT CAPTAIN AMERICA MOVIE WITH A TON OF SCREENTIME AND MAJOR ASSKICKING SKILLS
DC:We can't allow the lesbians in Batwoman to get married in the comic, sorry.
Marvel:HEY GUESS WHAT WE'RE GONNA FEATURE A GAY WEDDING ON THE COVER OF AN X-MEN ISSUE
DC:The new direction for storytelling needs to be dark, gritty, mature and cynical.
Marvel:DUDE CHECK IT OUT LOKI GOES SPEED DATING IS THAT NOT THE BEST SHIT EVER
DC:After years of rumors, the Superman/Batman movie is finally coming, but with a new actor and suit for Batman and MAYBE a cameo from Wonder Woman.
Marvel:PHASE 2 MOTHERFUCKERS EVERYONE IS IN EVERYONE'S MOVIE AND THERE AIN'T NO STOPPIN US NOW
DC:We can try to add maybe one or two 'people of color' to our lineup...maybe...
Marvel:NEW MS MARVEL THAT'S MUSLIM AMERICAN, BITCHES.
DC:We feel no problem with Batman's vengeful personality being like wet cardboard.
Marvel:NEW LATINA GHOST RIDER WHO SEEKS VENGEANCE WHILE TAKING HIS AWEET LIL BRO FOR ICE CREAM
DC:We can't mention any superhero titles in our movies, that's ridiculous.
Marvel:FUCK YEAH YOU WANT A RACOON VOICED BY BRADLEY COOPER WITH A GIANT GUN? YOU WANT VIN DIESEL PLAYING A TREE? AMY FUCKING POND PLAYING A SEXY BALD SPACE PIRATE? HERE YOU FUCKERS GO
DC:Our fanbase is mostly white males, I'm sure our focus is-
Marvel:NEW SHE HULK LINE WHERE SHE GOES TO COURT THEN SAVES NEW YORK
Marvel:NEW FEMALE THOR
Marvel:NEW BLACK CAPTAIN AMERICA
Marvel:TAKE ALL THIS COOL SHIT MARVEL BE OUTIE
I did a teen program on Thursday where teens transferred images from superhero comics on to polymer clay. The most popular one among boys and girls:Wonder Woman. When I mentioned that DC said they couldn't do a Wonder Woman movie, the outcry was amazing. Everyone wants a Wonder Woman movie, DC.
instead of watching the 50 Shades trailer, why not just make awkward eye contact with a total stranger at the grocery store for a solid 2 minutes and 34 seconds? you get the same skin-crawling, uncomfortable feeling but without the shitty writing, terrible acting and massive dose of rape culture