Posts tagged Worth a Read
Posts tagged Worth a Read
I am writing you this letter to let you know, in case that you didn’t, that slut-shaming makes you a fucking monster, and doing it to the point of someone’s suicide only to verbally erase its importance makes you lower than dogshit.
Yes, I’m that fucking angry.
Yes. Yes. Thank you.
A lot of us can’t possibly imagine a life of being blind. We would dread it. After all, most of the information we gather about our surroundings, at least consciously, is done with our visual senses - we look at, we observe, we may even stare. It never occurs to us that we do not see the whole picture, because we are seeing with all our might. But we are never seeing the whole picture, after all. Imagine what life would be like if, at every moment, we were perfectly aware of that fact.
“The truth resists simplicity,” bestselling young adult novelist John Green once said. It’s an idea he has embraced, even subtly, in all of his novels and YouTube vlogs. When he writes in Paper Towns, “imagine me complexly”, he is not just giving a pointlessly nice-looking statement - he’s giving a rule of thumb.
I have started watching CNN recently. It has not made my hope for the world any larger.
A few days ago, a Pakistani girl was shot in the head by the Taliban for saying out loud that girls have a right to be educated.
Back at home, the Minister of National Security is trying to step on the duty…
It’s about time we stand up.
“50 books to read before you die” bookmark
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- A Passage to India by E. M. Forster
- The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare
- A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
- The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald
- The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
- The Bell Jar by Sylvie Plath
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
- Don Quixote by Miduel de Cervantes
- The Bible
- The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
- Ulysses by James Joyce
- The Quiet American by Graham Greene
- Birdsong by Sebastian Faulke
- Money by Martin Amis
- Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Alice´s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll
- Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
- On the Road by Jack Kerouac
- Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
- The Way We Live Now by Antony Trollope
- The Outsider by Albert Camus
- The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- Frankenstein by Mary Selley
- The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
- Man Without Woman by Ernest Hemingway
- Gulliver´s Travels by Jonathan Swift
- A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Dafoe
- One Flew Over the Cockoo´s Nest by Ken Kesey
- Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
- The Divine Comedy by Alighieri Dante
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Almost halfway there… I’ve read 22.
Holy shit. Holy shit.
Take this viral, Tumblr. Signal boost.
COMPLETELY worth the read.
“My husband left for work at 7 AM. It is now 9 PM and he won’t be home again for two more hours from his second job today. I spent yesterday at the emergency room. I have been waiting for two years for Social Security. I do not understand. How much more do we have to work to show you that your call for jobs isn’t enough? You must also be concerned for the whole nation, and whether we eat, and whether we have medicine. You must care if a hardworking, devoted family like mine is unable to survive after investing their best efforts. How many jobs do you expect every American to take? Three? Four?”
Hero fucking status
And that letter writer would be my friend Sarah… she’s amazing.
Wow. This is more than worth a read.
I mean, I’m not saying that we can enforce this as law or anything. I also might be wrong about this. But:
Just as a general rule, I feel like we should not look at pictures of the breasts or genitalia of people who would rather we not look at pictures of their breasts…
Seems obvious, no?
This is a really intriguing piece about the other piece in the embarrassing Therese Baptiste-Cornelis puzzle: the person she replaced.
The story of Her Excellency’s eight-month tenure is now summarised in a revelatory video of her presentation on cultural diversity—her first keynote address as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary—delivered at the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD). By now, most of us will have viewed or read the transcript of that painfully embarrassing 30 minutes. This story, though, and the attendant fury, are eight months late; it is a story that started not with Her Excellency Baptiste-Cornelis, but with her predecessor, His Excellency Dennis Francis.
Having studied his craft with application and dedication, having worked consistently and dutifully under People’s National Movement and United National Congress alike, having contributed tremendously to the well-being of all of us and having represented us with distinction and valour, Dennis Francis was summarily removed from the Geneva mission to make room for our current embarrassment.
This is the consequence of a hitherto unquestioned practice of allocating diplomatic postings to politicians so they can recuperate from political humiliation. The story of these appointments is not only how the incumbents perform, but equally about the disservice done to qualified citizens who quietly serve country with distinction.
Francis deserves our unqualified gratitude and apology. I am sure he is not the only one.
“Mitt Romney was born on third base and spent his entire life thinking he hit a triple.”
Would it surprise you to know that a law professor has analyzed the second verse of 99 Problems, line by line?
What about if I told you that it’s actually a pretty interesting read?
Long story short: The police don’t actually need a warrant to search your trunk in the U.S.
Required Summer Reading
It’s awesome that Chinua Achebe is in there.
An interesting story of how Twitter helped retrieve a stolen bicycle. Like the author, I don’t know exactly what it means (would it be too much to hope for the police to integrate Twitter into their crime-fighting arsenal?), but it’s an interesting read.
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Do click here if you’d like to read my hilarious (if I do say so myself) reaction to “International Panty Day”, reputed to be a day in which women everywhere slipped off their panties and embraced the freedom of internet embarrassment.
This was a difficult read, but it offered interesting insight into the issue of molestation. It’s a more nuanced thing than the unmolested might realize.
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I love the ones I’ve read and I can’t wait to read the ones I haven’t.