"It is often in the imagination we do or do not apply to the lives of others that we screw up, no matter what conscious judgments we do or do not apply to what we imagine."

— Linda Holmes, “The Only One: A Talk With Shonda Rhimes

Just discovered @scorpiondagger’s amazing, Gilliamesque remixed Renaissance gifs. This is one of my favorites so far.

Just discovered @scorpiondagger’s amazing, Gilliamesque remixed Renaissance gifs. This is one of my favorites so far.

(Source: scorpiondagger)

"They loved myths in which people went berserk or drank magic potions or turned into rocks in moments of stress; they loved scenes in which people who had gone berserk raved in strange, fractured speeches studded with unjustly neglected vocabulary; they loved to focus on some trivial element of a myth and spin it out and skip the myth — they could make a Rosencrantz and Guildenstern of any Hamlet."

— Helen DeWitt, The Last Samurai



Interior shots of a pencil factory, unknown location, c.1950s
The Timberman Magazine Photographs Collection, Org. Lot 351, Box 28, Folder 2



I was so flattered to be invited to be part of the stellar line-up of cartoonists to celebrate Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s new graphic novel from First Second, THE SHADOW HERO. The gn, which tells the story of The Green Turtle, the first Asian American superhero, is a total delight. I’ve been admirer of both Yang and Liew’s for some time now, and I was fascinated to learn about Chu Hing, the original Green Turtle artist.

For my tribute piece, I tried to work in the same Fiction House/Lou Fine key that Chu Hing did. Golden age comics boasted a remarkable blend of lurid, dead-serious romantic adventure and utterly ridiculous whimsy. Gene and Sonny evoke it marvelously in their book, and this image is my attempt to do so as well. 

NPR’s Code Switch blog on The Shadow Hero.

"She seemed to listen to life as though life were the most cunning and charming of confidence men: knowing perfectly well that she was being conned, she, nevertheless, again and again gave the man the money for the Brooklyn Bridge. She never gained possession of the bridge, of course, but she certainly learned how to laugh. And the tiny lines in her face had been produced as much by laughter as by loss. If life had endlessly cheated her, she had resolved not only never to complain, but to take life’s performance as an object lesson and never to cheat on life."

— James Baldwin, Tell Me How Long The Train’s Been Gone


Transcript of the #WNDB BookCon panel


We’re excited to provide a transcript of the team and author portions of our panel (due to time constraints, the Q&A session will need to wait until a later time due to the audio quality). Here you go:

Transcript of The World Agrees: #WeNeedDiverseBooks Panel

The BookCon

May 31, 2014

Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

NB: transcript is edited slightly for clarity

I.W. Gregorio:  I’d like to start off by doing a virtual mic drop for everyone who Tweeted and submitted photos. 

My name is I.W. Gregorio, and on behalf of the whole #WeNeedDiverseBooks team I’d like to thank you for being here. As you know, #WeNeedDiverseBooks is a grassroots campaign, and by definition it owes its success to you. So please accept our sincerest gratitude for your Tweets, your retweets, your love and your support. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, so without further ado, I’d like to introduce some key members of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks team. 

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"If you are a white author who wants to write about people of color, I would ask you to pair your concern for diversity with a comparable commitment to equity. Do members of the group you’re writing about have an equal opportunity to tell their own stories? What can you do—-in addition to carefully researching your story—-to make sure cultural insiders have the same chance to be heard as cultural outsiders like you? When you plead for greater diversity are you only thinking about the person you see on the cover of a book, or are you also advocating for a wider range of people editing, marketing, and reviewing those books? If we don’t change the structure of the industry, we can’t expect different outcomes. It will continue to be business as usual."

Zetta Elliott



Haunting Photos of Discarded Objects Unearthed from the Forgotten Edges of New York City

(via 99percentinvisible)