1. From “Let America Be America Again” by Langston Hughes

    O, let America be America again—

    The land that never has been yet—

    And yet must be—the land where every man is free.

    The land that’s mine—the poor man’s, Indian’s, Negro’s, ME—

    Who made America,

    Whose sweat and blood, whose faith and pain,

    Whose hand at the foundry, whose plow in the rain,

    Must bring back our mighty dream again.

    (x)

  2. Ten Things White People Can Do About Ferguson Besides Tweet →

    7. Educate yourself about the systematic inequality that leads to civil unrest.

    The St. Louis American ran a powerful editorial today that fleshes out the history of Ferguson. When you finish reading that, go somewhere quiet for a bit and settle down with Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations.” Don’t stop there.

  3. America Is Not For Black People →

    There are reasons why white gun’s rights activists can walk into a Chipotle restaurant with assault rifles and be seen as gauche nuisances while unarmed black men are killed for reaching for their wallets or cell phones, or carrying children’s toys. 

  4. amandaonwriting:

A Map of the Introvert’s Heart

    amandaonwriting:

    A Map of the Introvert’s Heart

  5. I like venn diagrams; my record is pretty strong in that area. To that end, I want to draw your attention to John Venn’s 180th birthday and a kick ass interactive venn diagram via today’s Google Doodle.

    I like venn diagrams; my record is pretty strong in that area. To that end, I want to draw your attention to John Venn’s 180th birthday and a kick ass interactive venn diagram via today’s Google Doodle.

  6. Normally if somebody’s writing a pilot, I’m having to hope that straight white golf course male at the top of the chain will allow me to get it to my people [feminists, gay people, trans people]. But, oh, my people were watching it yesterday. It honestly feels slightly revolutionary.

    — 

    Jill Soloway, “Why ‘Transparent’ Creator Jill Soloway Feels the Amazon Pilot Process is ‘Revolutionary’” (x)

    And P.S. here’s the Transparent pilot if you haven’t yet seen it! So good.

  7. (Source: tinarannosaurus)

  8. 24 Hours of UberFacts: So Many Lies, So Little Time →

  9. sexfromscratch:

Hey New York people! I’m hosting a fun party with great writers and excellent music and tasty snacks and you’re invited. Come snag a copy of Sex from Scratch and listen to tunes from Julia Weldon. 

Woo hoo! Come join!

    sexfromscratch:

    Hey New York people! I’m hosting a fun party with great writers and excellent music and tasty snacks and you’re invited. Come snag a copy of Sex from Scratch and listen to tunes from Julia Weldon. 

    Woo hoo! Come join!

  10. justanoldfashiontumblog said: Just read your analysis (Nostalgia Does Not Make "Saved by the Bell" Grow Sweeter) for bitch magazine. Spot on! It serves as a reminder of how heteronormative the outline for many programs have been in spite of the profound realities that exist (which can encompass more meaning for a myriad of characters) in life. Keep doing great things!

    Wow! Thank you! For a flat show, there’s surprisingly a lot there…

  11. bitch-media:

When people write about Saved by the Bell today, they focus on the big cell phone, the eye-assaulting wardrobe, and a certain someone’s breakdown after a brief fling with caffeine pills. No matter how silly this show was, there’s no doubt of its popularity—to take this subject matter seriously is to take our consumption of culture seriously. This swirl of messages about gender and race in the show are confusing, but in my case, and perhaps for many others, I left the show behind in search of better characters with more relatable experiences. And yet no matter what I’ve found, I know that the show will always be around, airing weekday mornings as a nostalgic recitation of what a bunch of old male writers thought of young high school women.
From "Nostalgia Does Not Make Saved by the Bell Grow Sweeter" by Emily Hashimoto. 

This was so amazingly fun to write. And - absurd. That show is whack.
(But still, so fun.)

    bitch-media:

    When people write about Saved by the Bell today, they focus on the big cell phone, the eye-assaulting wardrobe, and a certain someone’s breakdown after a brief fling with caffeine pills. No matter how silly this show was, there’s no doubt of its popularity—to take this subject matter seriously is to take our consumption of culture seriously. This swirl of messages about gender and race in the show are confusing, but in my case, and perhaps for many others, I left the show behind in search of better characters with more relatable experiences. And yet no matter what I’ve found, I know that the show will always be around, airing weekday mornings as a nostalgic recitation of what a bunch of old male writers thought of young high school women.

    From "Nostalgia Does Not Make Saved by the Bell Grow Sweeter" by Emily Hashimoto. 

    This was so amazingly fun to write. And - absurd. That show is whack.

    (But still, so fun.)

  12. I guess there are lots of ways to get married. Some people marry someone they hardly know – which can work out, too. When you marry your best friend of many years, there should be another name for it. But the thing that surprised me about getting married was the way it altered time. And also the way it added a tenderness that was somehow completely new.

    — "Laurie Anderson’s Farewell to Lou Reed: A Rolling Stone Exclusive" (x)

  13. It’s got the consistency of an excitable child’s urine.

    — Sue Perkins, The Supersizers Go… ”Regency” (x)

  14. For parents, we need to realize, [our kids] have their own journey. Parents get it wrong when they don’t support their children. They have to go out and fight every day and face this world. The first battle should not be at home. I think that a lot of children in the LGBT community don’t succeed because the one thing they need the most is foundation. I just tell Jay all the time, baby you won the war. You’re gonna have a lot of battles but you won the war. Mama accepts and loves you for who you are. Your family does. My dad is a retired military naval officer and all he said was, “I’m gonna mess up sometimes and [use the feminine pronoun] ‘she’ but I’m gonna eventually get the ‘he’ thing. Just give grandpa some time. I’m gonna get it dude.” That was it.

    — Drea Kelly, VH1

  15. The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.

    When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.

    Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.

    — from Libraries Are Not a “Netflix” for Books.  (via catagator)