We love books, we love Arlington.
Sadie Rosenkrantz is like many other Queens residents: she loves to read. She visits her community library in Forest Hills regularly, at least once a week. Sadie celebrated her 104th birthday at the library. Staff honored her with a bouquet, and dedicated two new books to her by a favorite author, James Patterson.
Prepare to be amazed. This is a letter about letters.
This morning we uploaded more letters to our Art of Handwriting project on the Smithsonian Transcription Center. We suggest starting with this lovely letter by accomplished printmaker, social activist, and nun Sister Mary Corita Kent.
Corita Kent letter to Ben Shahn, circa 1953-1969. Ben Shahn papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Beautiful. Go write a real letter!
Authors love to use mixtapes as plot devices, but as Slate’s Dee Lockett points out, they rarely share the actual tracklists. (“Even Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, in which the main character is obsessed with mixtapes, doesn’t reveal a full tracklist.”)
So Lockett compiled Spotify playlists for those rare books (and movies) that practice full mixtape transparency. (There’s even a playlist for the Eleanor & Park mixtape that’s all Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on loop.) Get your headphones out and enjoy.
Image via c0cain3-cavi4r.tumblr.com
This? Is why I think it’s vital that we fight for diverse literature in schools. When the book-banning folks come out, it’s so often to shut down a person belonging to a minority group speaking about experiences that make people uncomfortable. Of course we are uncomfortable. We are complicit. It takes discomfort to impel change.
Not all kids will get a real picture of the world at home; I certainly didn’t. Those kids may go on to be the next generation of oppressors, having been taught lies that cause them to see minorities as subhuman, unless they have outside influences to show them otherwise. It matters that they read books by African-Americans, by women, by LGBT authors. It matters that they gain empathy and experience others’ lives.
It matters that they become uncomfortable enough to change."
"i said to the sun, tell me about the big bang. the sun said, it hurts to become."
Anna Shinoda at Bluestockings, 8/20/14
"There are moments that you’ll remember for the rest of your life and there are moments that you think you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and it’s not often they turn out to be the same moment."
We’re Thinking About Ferguson…
From “Do the Right Thing” to “Fruitvale Station”: In light of the current tumult in Missouri, we’re turning to these books and films as we explore the issues involved:
by Kristen Simmons
Fiction: Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile in a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties, but when Chase, the only boy she has ever loved, arrests her rebellious mother, Ember must take action.
Dog Whistle Politics
by Ian Haney-López
Describes how conservatives in government are using race-baiting to coax the middle class with promises of curbing crime, stopping undocumented immigration and even halting Islamic infiltration into voting for right-wing policies that ultimately hurt them and favor the rich.
by Ann Coulter
Presents “the real history” of race relations in this country, including how white liberals twist that history to spring the guilty, accuse the innocent, and engender racial hatreds, all in order to win politically.
by Lisa Bloom
The award-winning journalist who covered the Zimmerman trial discusses the laws, culture and conditions that exist in modern America that allowed George Zimmerman to be fully acquitted after killing an unarmed, black teenager in his gated Florida community.
Seconds #teensummerreadingicecreamparty (at Arlington County Library Central)