catagator
catagator:

So CNN names 10 women who are visionaries. 
And one of those women is a YA author, being recognized for WHAT SHE’S WRITING FOR YA READERS. 
Go read this excellent profile of Meg Medina, along with the profiles of the other 9 visionary women. 
This is a story and a profile we should be boosting like crazy. Perhaps it’s the last quote that explains exactly why: “I want multicultural fiction to no longer be considered niche fiction. It’s just fiction about who’s here.”

Well deserved recognition for Meg Medina. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass is one of my recent favorite reads.

catagator:

So CNN names 10 women who are visionaries. 

And one of those women is a YA author, being recognized for WHAT SHE’S WRITING FOR YA READERS. 

Go read this excellent profile of Meg Medina, along with the profiles of the other 9 visionary women. 

This is a story and a profile we should be boosting like crazy. Perhaps it’s the last quote that explains exactly why: “I want multicultural fiction to no longer be considered niche fiction. It’s just fiction about who’s here.”

Well deserved recognition for Meg Medina. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass is one of my recent favorite reads.

humansofnewyork

humansofnewyork:

Because of all the attention of this morning’s library post, I thought it’d only be fair to post the NYPL’s response. I’m quoting four points that they’ve asked me to clarify:

*The man says “I work at this Library.” Ends up, he doesn’t “work” for the library in the sense of being an employee. He is probably doing his work at the library (millions do each year!). We fear the confusion might make people think he is offering his opinion as an employee.

*The vast majority of research books will remain on the site (in far superior storage conditions)

*None of the public spaces he and others enjoy will change, and we’ll be returning a circulating collection to this main library (it had one for its first 70 years).

*This plan will be greatly expanding access to the library. The renovation will allow all New Yorkers–scholars, students, educators, immigrants, job-seekers– to take advantage of this beautiful building and its world-class collections.

Obviously the issue is more complex than soundbites from either side, so feel free to educate yourself further and form your own opinion: 

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=NYPL+renovation+debate

HONY and NYPL want to talk about the comments of the guy eating chicken, which demonstrates how necessary it is for libraries to communicate with users and communities when making changes, large and small.

humansofnewyork
humansofnewyork:

"You want to photograph me eating chicken?""Yep.""Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message.""What’s that?""I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."

humansofnewyork:

"You want to photograph me eating chicken?"
"Yep."
"Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message."
"What’s that?"
"I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."

sorkinisms
explore-blog:

In honor of #readwomen2014 – an effort to equalize the gender imbalance in our collective reading habits – here are 14 fantastic, timeless reads by women:
Annie Dillard on presence over productivity
Joan Didion on self-respect
Susan Sontag on photography as aesthetic consumerism and a form of modern violence
Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of keeping a diary
Helen Keller on optimism
Alexandra Horowitz on the blinders of attention
Anaïs Nin on why emotional excess is essential to creativity
Hannah Arendt on how bureaucracy fuels violence
Jennifer Finney Boylan on what it’s like to be a transgender parent
Anissa Ramirez on saving science education
Jeanette Winterson on adoption and how we use storytelling to save ourselves
Dani Shapiro on the pleasures and perils of the creative life
Virginia Woolf on how to read a book
Susan Sontag on literature and freedom
Artwork above by Joanna Walsh

explore-blog:

In honor of #readwomen2014 – an effort to equalize the gender imbalance in our collective reading habits – here are 14 fantastic, timeless reads by women:

Artwork above by Joanna Walsh

believermag

believermag:

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An excerpt from Remote Control, an essay in this month’s issue about looking back at Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan, twenty years later.

You don’t have to listen very closely to realize we’ve been wrong for all these years. It’s not a difficult phrase to remember, and she repeats it…

Another incredible essay from The Believer.