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This snail is killing me, all cutesy and whimsical in nature… From this.

This snail is killing me, all cutesy and whimsical in nature… From this.

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"We are strong, and brave, and innocent, and unafraid. We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be. We are alive to the imaginations and the possibilities."

— Nikki Giovanni’s convocation address delivered April 17, 2007. It’s been a few years, but not much has changed in this country. Can we do something about this? 

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Make this happen.

geekerypokery:

jeremymcbitchin:

Imagine having braces during the apocalypse. no one can take your braces off. And you just have to accept that you’ll have braces forever.

i want a novel focused around a character with braces during the apocalypse and the entire plot of the story revolves around their search for an orthodontist who is still alive and they sort of accidentally save the world in the process

(via bookoisseur)

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aaknopf:

This elegy for the great Billie Holiday, by Sonia Sanchez, appears in Jazz Poems, a vibrant Everyman’s Pocket Poets volume edited by Kevin Young.

For Our Lady yeh.            billie.                    if someone had loved u like u shud have been loved ain’t no tellen what kinds of songs                              u wud have swung gainst this country’s wite mind. or what kinds of lyrics                                            wud have pushed us from our blue / nites.                                      yeh.                 billie. if some blk / man                                         had reallee made u feel                         permanentlee warm. ain’t no tellen                               where the jazz of yo / songs                                     wud have led us.

This year we’re hosting a contest called “Portray Your Love of Poetry.” Submit your entry! 

aaknopf:

This elegy for the great Billie Holiday, by Sonia Sanchez, appears in Jazz Poems, a vibrant Everyman’s Pocket Poets volume edited by Kevin Young.

For Our Lady

yeh.
           billie.                    if someone
had loved u like u
shud have been loved
ain’t no tellen what
kinds of songs
                             u wud have swung
gainst this country’s wite mind.
or what kinds of lyrics
                                           wud have pushed us from
our blue / nites.
                                     yeh.                 billie.
if some blk / man
                                        had reallee
made u feel
                        permanentlee warm.
ain’t no tellen
                              where the jazz of yo / songs
                                    wud have led us.

This year we’re hosting a contest called “Portray Your Love of Poetry.” Submit your entry! 

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"Occasionally we’re getting angry and yelling. We have MILES to go before we sleep, but we’re moving in the right direction. I’d like to see everyone who is pissed off about the uneven coverage of YA books (and authors) to call The Damn Media on the carpet and tell them what they are doing wrong. Gather the contact information of the reporters, editors, editorial boards, and corporate owners of media outlets that are writing skewed or under-informed pieces about YA literature and share them publicly. Share what you write to them. Contact Hollywood peeps and tell them about other great books that could be movies.
(Shameless self-promotion - I wrote a couple books that would be great movies, IMHO!)
Then seek out and talk and blog and vlog and shout about the books and authors that The Damn Media is not talking about yet. Let me get you started with some suggestions: Kekla Magoon! Coe Booth! Alex Sánchez! Jason Reynolds! Mitali Perkins! Nikki Grimes! Malinda Lo! Cynthia Leitich Smith! Jaime Adoff! Octavia Butler! Eric Gansworth! Jacqueline Woodson! Sumbul Ali-Karamali! Rita Williams Garcia! Meg Medina!"

— Laurie Halse Anderson’s AMA on the unfair media coverage on male YA authors.

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theparisreview:

Table of contents illustration by Jenny Holzer and Peter Nadin, bronze plaque from the “Living Series,”1981-82.

Me every time I go outside in the cold

theparisreview:

Table of contents illustration by Jenny Holzer and Peter Nadin, bronze plaque from the “Living Series,”1981-82.

Me every time I go outside in the cold

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rachelbushong:

Harrison Ford, 1970s

You can call me anytime.

rachelbushong:

Harrison Ford, 1970s

You can call me anytime.

(Source: errolflynns, via witanddelight)

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Not only is this cool, but it also advocates for fair use and copyright reform—something fellow tumblrs could probably relate to.

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I WILL NOT BE BELITTLED…
…because I am a million feet tall and your words are tiny.

I WILL NOT BE BELITTLED…

…because I am a million feet tall and your words are tiny.

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When my favorite song comes on

whatshouldwecallme:

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