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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged lit

Apr 19 '14
"I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it. Even in the helter-skelter skirmish that is my life, I have seen that the world is to the strong regardless of a little pigmentation more or less. No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife."
Happy Birthday, Zora Neale Hurston! (Text from Dust Tracks on a Road.)
Apr 1 '14

cynthikjelle:

characters that go from villain to awkward friend are so important

Mar 20 '14

taeyeonic:

a haiku for fictional ladies:

sorry your story

was left in such clumsy hands

i will avenge you

Feb 25 '14
"'You begin to liquidate a people,' Hiibl said, 'by taking away its memory. You destroy its books, its culture, its history. And then others write other books for it, give another culture to it, invent another history for it. Then the people slowly begins to forget what it is and what it was. The world at large forgets it still faster.'"
Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (via levantineviper)
Feb 23 '14

dustinmathisen:

ptgreat:

nickcarragay:

petition to make young adult authors stop writing about girls whose lives change when they meet a boy

When she saw him time slowed to a stop.  He was so perfect and she knew her life would never be the same because she had finally found him.  The one.  The first boy she would ever kill.

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Feb 12 '14
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Disabled characters are written into stories for one reason: the disability. Do most people actually believe real disabled people spend our days obsessing about being cured? Or rhapsodizing about killing ourselves? Here is the truth: Disabled people barely ever even think about our disabilities. When we do think about them, it’s usually because we are dealing with an oppressive, systemic problem, such as employment discrimination. Can’t there ever be a disabled character in a book or film just because? Where the topic doesn’t ever come up? All sorts of interesting stories can be written about a disabled character, without the disability ever being mentioned. You know, just like real people.

The vast majority of writers who have used disabled characters in their work are not people with disabilities themselves. Because disabled people have been peripheral for centuries, we’ve been shut out of the artistic process since the beginning. As a result, the disabled characters we’re presented with usually fit one or more of the following stereotypes: Victim, Villain, Inspiration, Monster. And the disabled character’s storyline is generally resolved in one of a few ways: Cure, Death, Institutionalization.

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Feb 5 '14
Jan 27 '14
"Writing lets you have the one thing that society offers in theory and obliterates in practice—self determination."
Zadie Smith, Troy Lecture, “Why Write?” (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, December 5, 2013). (via tobia)

(Source: asakiyume)

Jan 2 '14
Dec 29 '13

glamaphonic:

here is something you should know about me:

if literally every story was about teen girls being murderers (and also lesbians)

i would be the happiest person on earth