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Tomi Adeyemi Interview On YA Fantasy Book 'Children Of Virtue And Vengeance' : Code Switch : NPR
The older I get and the more I learn about the world, the more I'm like, oh, OK. So it's not that we don't know the problems. It's not that we don't have the resources to fix them. It's that we have century-old institutions built on creating these problems, because they benefit from it. And even if you work your whole life, your lifespan isn't long enough for you to amass enough power and wealth to overturn institutions that have been in place for centuries and that have been fortified for centuries.
interview  tomiadeyemi  npr  books  book:childrenofvirtueandvengeance 
2 days ago by dirtystylus
Jenny Offill on Weather, Writing the Perfect Worry Novel
Over the course of a few years, leading up to and then beyond the 2016 election, the protagonist, Lizzie — a Brooklyn-based librarian, wife, and mother — grows increasingly attuned to our planet’s grim plight, and slowly moves through what you might call the Five Stages of Climatic Grief: ignorance, disbelief, worry, heightened worry, and then, well, you’ll have to read to find out.
review  book  book:weather  jennyoffill  writing  environment  climatechange  books 
5 days ago by dirtystylus
‘Representation Matters’ Is Now a Meaningless Rallying Cry
The literature lauded and, more crucially, assigned as the best, most original, and aesthetically daring in America is very white, very male, and very straight (though not nearly as white, male, and straight as we’re inclined to believe). But in the language of the internet, aesthetic judgements so often serve as threadbare proxies for the political discussions we ought to have. The canon gets trashed not because it’s bad, but because it’s canon. Meanwhile, the patriarchy, whiteness, imperialism, all the bad things, escape attention. It feels like a win, though it’s not really. (The opponents are dead or at the very least not listening.)
publishing  diversity  tokenism  books  barnesandnoble  marketing 
12 days ago by dirtystylus
Read Like the Wind Newsletter: February 2020
Trying to get someone to read a book you’re certain they’ll love but encountering indifference or resistance is not only annoying but ego damaging. Why won’t you obey my orders? and Don’t you trust my opinion? are the two implicit questions in that situation. Both are things you should never ask a friend, obviously, but that doesn’t stop anyone (for example, me) from trying.
books  friendship 
13 days ago by dirtystylus
The Booksellers
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers.
trailer  video  books  film  film:thebooksellers  documentary 
15 days ago by dirtystylus
American Dirt is a bad book, but not because of Jeanine Cummins’ background.
Which leads to the real problem here: the decision to package and sell American Dirt not as candy, but as fiction that should be interpreted as emblematic.
review  books  book:americandirt  culturalappropriation  latinx  jeaninecummins  by:leonkrauze 
20 days ago by dirtystylus
10 Filipino American books that made me feel more Filipino
We were barreling across the waters of Palawan when I saw it — Culion, a Philippine island that was once a leper colony. A flicker of recognition, and the pleasure that comes with it, washed over me.
I had read about this island before, had this feeling before: First, in a short story by Lysley Tenorio, “A View From Culion,” and then in a poem by Patrick Rosal, “Instance of an Island,” where he writes of a pair of “incurables,” Josefa and Filomena, who, despite having only 10 fingers between them, find solace jamming on the hospital’s sole guitar.


And now I was seeing the island itself, even if only from a distance, like a piece of a puzzle falling into place.
For years I’ve tried to forge a connection with the place where my parents grew up, tried to make sense of what it meant to be Filipino if I couldn’t speak the language, if I didn’t live there, if I kept getting food poisoning every time I visited. It’s a common experience for those of us who’ve spent their lives far from our parents’ old homes.

But, books. Books, I’ve found, are among the most powerful ways to develop this lineage of mine, one that felt tenuous at first but has grown stronger with each story, with each reference I recognize.
Here’s a list of my favorite Filipino American books, which is by no means conclusive. There are still so many more on my list to read, including Jon Pineda’s Let’s No One Get Hurt and Anthony Christian Ocampo’s The Latinos of Asia.

‘America Is Not the Heart’ by Elaine Castillo
Castillo’s debut novel — which takes us from a rebel army’s hideaway in the mountains in the Philippines to a Filipino community in the Bay Area and covers topics like class, queer love, and chosen families — had me choked up by the time I finished the prologue.

'Dream Jungle’ by Jessica Hagedorn
Start looking into Filipino fiction and you’ll find that Hagedorn is the queen, with her trademark spiky hair and penchant for bringing to life a frenzied array of characters: lowlifes, scammers, desperate lovers. In Dream Jungle, she imagines what it was like on the set of Apocalypse Now, which was filmed in the Philippines, and what was going on in the head of a man who said he had discovered a “lost” Filipino tribe.

'Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive’ by Patrick Rosal
Read Patrick Rosal — whom Philly can claim as one of its own — for his poems about getting into barfights with light-skinned Filipinos. Read Rosal for his meditation on Los Angeles as a kind of afterlife for his mother. Read Rosal because who else can write as beautifully about fantasizing about Tyra Banks? Just read him, always read him.

'Monstress’ by Lysley Tenorio
My main memory of reading Lysley Tenorio’s short-story collection is lying on my Ninang’s couch and sobbing. That, and sharing it with my long-distance Filipina book club, who were similarly shook. His story, “Felix Starro,” was turned into a musical this year in a Filipino power collab with Queen Hagedorn.

‘In the Country’ by Mia Alvar
Another stirring short-story collection, whose title story explores a labor struggle at Manila’s City Hospital in the ’70s about a pay disparity between Filipino and American nurses and the lasting consequences for the nurse who led the strike.

‘Kuwento: Lost Things (An Anthology of New Philippine Myths)’ edited by Rachelle Cruz and Melissa Sipin
On the witches, ogres, and beasts that haunt Filipino children at night: aswangs, kapres, and the great bu’aia.

‘The First Impulse’ by Laurel Fantauzzo
I was gripped by this creative nonfiction work — a murder mystery, a love story, a tribute to the indie film scene in Manila — and even ordered a second copy so I could lend it out to more friends. Fantauzzo’s next is due in 2021.

‘The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States, & the Philippines’ by Paul Kramer
The Philippines was an American colony for almost 50 years — something I never learned in school. This book, which traces that overlooked history, is, at times, painful to read.

'Outsourceable Selves: An Ethnography of Call Center Work in a Global Economy of Signs and Selves’ by Alinaya Fabros
I’m a labor reporter! So of course I devoured this book about the Filipinos that do the hard, invisible work of customer service for corporations.

‘Empire of Care: Nursing and Migration in Filipino American History’ by Catherine Ceniza Choy
Another Filipino labor reporter treasure, this one answering the question of why there are so many nurses from the Philippines in the States.
by:julianafreyes  philippines  books  list  asianamerica 
november 2019 by dirtystylus
Why I’m reading Nyasha Junior | The Christian Century
If we want our biblical interpretation—and the way we live it out—to come into alignment with the fullness of who Christ is, we need new lenses.
books  nyashajunior  by:christenacleveland  blackness  theology  womanism  bible  christianity 
may 2019 by dirtystylus
Alex Norris @ TCAF on Twitter: "… "
Pink: look I have many books

Orange: you must be very intelligent

Books: we are all unread

Pink: oh no
via:beep  humor  reading  books  by:alexnorris  cartoon 
april 2019 by dirtystylus
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