1. If you think about it, most people are making do. They’re not living their dreams, but they’re not living a miserable existence, either. That’s kind of what life is—you mostly just do jobs that you can get and that pay for things.
  2. nprfreshair:

Maureen Corrigan reviews The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. The novel opens in 1922 in the ‘suburban backwater’ of London, where Frances Wray and her mother have fallen from the middle class and must take ‘paying guests’ into their home to stay afloat. 

"The Paying Guests is no simple period piece. As alert as Waters is to historical detail, she’s also a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood. Any reader familiar with Waters’ earlier novels like Tipping the Velvet will know that she’s especially drawn to the subject of lesbian relationships. What’s so immediately compelling about our protagonist, Frances Wray, is that, in a way that doesn’t seem at all anachronistic, she’s comfortable in her own queer skin. It’s most of the rest of the world — and, tragically, some of the people in her own house — who have serious problems with Frances and her so-called “unnatural” sexuality.”

Girls playing ukuleles, 1926
 

    nprfreshair:

    Maureen Corrigan reviews The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. The novel opens in 1922 in the ‘suburban backwater’ of London, where Frances Wray and her mother have fallen from the middle class and must take ‘paying guests’ into their home to stay afloat. 

    "The Paying Guests is no simple period piece. As alert as Waters is to historical detail, she’s also a superb storyteller with a gift for capturing the layered nuances of character and mood. Any reader familiar with Waters’ earlier novels like Tipping the Velvet will know that she’s especially drawn to the subject of lesbian relationships. What’s so immediately compelling about our protagonist, Frances Wray, is that, in a way that doesn’t seem at all anachronistic, she’s comfortable in her own queer skin. It’s most of the rest of the world — and, tragically, some of the people in her own house — who have serious problems with Frances and her so-called “unnatural” sexuality.”

    Girls playing ukuleles, 1926

     

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  3. Ursula K. Le Guin to receive NBF Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters

  4. jamiatt:

    One of the more frequent conversations I’ve had since arriving in Europe is if I plan on consistently having strong, complex female characters at the center of my books. And the answer is: Yes, because there are not enough complicated female characters represented in art and culture, there can always be more, and it is a feminist act to do so.

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  5. The Invisible Latina

    A friend and I were driving down a street where a building had just been demolished. “What used to be there?” he asked. It was impossible to conjure up. It struck me that that is what my existence is like, and that of my mother, my sister and my daughter. Invisibility in the media makes it impossible for others to conjure up what we could possibly be doing with our lives, what we could possibly look like. And if we are doing something “unexpected” it is because there is something “exceptional” about us. This is not some strange multigenerational coincidence, this whitewashing of who we and others are is the history of our country.
  6. jamiatt:

The first pass pages. Next, a cover. Then there’s printing and binding. Someday, a thing you can hold in your hand.

can’t wait!

    jamiatt:

    The first pass pages. Next, a cover. Then there’s printing and binding. Someday, a thing you can hold in your hand.

    can’t wait!

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  7. To me, the grounds for hope are simply that we don’t know what will happen next, and that the unlikely and the unimaginable transpire quite regularly. And that the unofficial history of the world shows that dedicated individuals and popular movements can shape history and have, though how and when we might win and how long it takes is not predictable.
    Rebecca Solnit, “Woolf’s Darkness,” Men Explain Things to Me.
  8. vintageanchorbooks:

"Lilies used to be a movie theatre, before. Students went there a lot; every spring they had a Humphrey Bogart festival, with Lauren Bacall or Katherine Hepburn, women on their own, making up their minds. They wore blouses with buttons down the front that suggested the possibilities of the word ‘undone’. These women could not be undone; or not. They seemed to be able to choose.” —from THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood RIP Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

    vintageanchorbooks:

    "Lilies used to be a movie theatre, before. Students went there a lot; every spring they had a Humphrey Bogart festival, with Lauren Bacall or Katherine Hepburn, women on their own, making up their minds. They wore blouses with buttons down the front that suggested the possibilities of the word ‘undone’. These women could not be undone; or not. They seemed to be able to choose.”
    —from THE HANDMAID’S TALE by Margaret Atwood

    RIP Lauren Bacall (1924-2014)

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  9. vintageanchorbooks:

    Please join us in wishing Gish Jen a happy birthday — she was born on Long Island, New York on this day in 1955.

    To have no particular aim was to open grand possibilities; even at her know-nothing age, she knew that.
    ― Gish Jen, Who’s Irish?: Stories

    Gish Jen, hooray!

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  10. awesomepeoplereading:

Gaiman reads.
nypl:

Author Neil Gaiman reads everywhere, “but especially on trains!” There’s nothing like traveling with a good book. Have your travels taken you to any great reading spots? Show us with the hashtag #ireadeverywhere!


hey, that’s what I’m reading!

    awesomepeoplereading:

    Gaiman reads.

    nypl:

    Author Neil Gaiman reads everywhere, “but especially on trains!” There’s nothing like traveling with a good book. Have your travels taken you to any great reading spots? Show us with the hashtag #ireadeverywhere!

    hey, that’s what I’m reading!

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