Diversity Is Not Enough: Race, Power, Publishing by Daniel Jose Older
These two essays perfectly frame the emotional and social debacle of publishing and diversity today. They begin with this stat: “Of 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, just 93 were about black people,” according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin. The wide world of literature in general, and by no coincidence, the publishing industry itself, suffer from similarly disastrous numbers.
When Christopher Myers asked his uncomfortable questions about the apartheid in children’s lit, the industry hid behind The Market. The publishing industry, people often say as if it’s a gigantic revelation, needs to make money and as such, it responds to The Market, and people don’t buy books about characters of color. This is updated marketing code for “you people don’t read,” and it’s used to justify any number of inexcusable problems in literature. “The Market is so comfortably intangible,” Myers writes, “that no one is worried I will go knocking down any doors. The Market, I am told, just doesn’t demand this kind of book… because white kids won’t buy a book with a black kid on the cover—or so The Market says, despite millions of music albums that are sold in just that way.”
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8:53 am • 24 April 2014 • 224 notes
Dad in About Time can time travel and he uses his ability to read and reread everything. Smart, smart man.
11:08 pm • 23 April 2014 • 84 notes
Gres House. Luciano Kruk. Itauna. Brasil. under construction. images (c) Luciano Kruk
10:17 pm • 23 April 2014 • 24,834 notes
(…) And, I know you, Mulder. You can’t give up. It’s what I saw in you when we first me. It’s what make me follow you… and why I’d do it all over again.
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7:43 pm • 23 April 2014 • 369 notes
Long dismissed as a less serious art form, graphic novels have finally started to gain more mainstream credibility over the last 20 years. There are many, many excellent graphic novels out there, but if you’re looking for a place to start, start here!
6:51 pm • 22 April 2014 • 533 notes
Library Card TOTE BAG from Out of Print
pupsandhats susurrantpetrichor - i love this brand! i feel like you guys are obligated to own something that looks like a library card other than your library cards.
This bag is glorious. I have their Moby Dick bag (which I sometimes feel guilty about, because I’ve never read MD, but the whale on the front is super cute)! I accidentally spilled some cough syrup inside it this winter, so now it’s all vaguely pink.
11:09 pm • 21 April 2014 • 269 notes