Everyone you idolize wakes up scared to be themselves sometimes. — Pete Wentz (dec. 2005)

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[Cheryl] Strayed is the rare type of writer who is both critically and commercially embraced, but also keeps her feet firmly planted in the literary world. Strayed has found the success most people will never know, but she working like she still has something to prove. It’s something that keeps readers interested, and even the snobbiest writers can still appreciate her work ethic (plus, when Oprah’s on your side, the world is yours).

The Cheryl Strayed Effect: How the ‘Wild’ Author Became a Publishing Hero, and Why it’s a Good Thing

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[Cheryl] Strayed is the rare type of writer who is both critically and commercially embraced, but also keeps her feet firmly planted in the literary world. Strayed has found the success most people will never know, but she working like she still has something to prove. It’s something that keeps readers interested, and even the snobbiest writers can still appreciate her work ethic (plus, when Oprah’s on your side, the world is yours).

The Cheryl Strayed Effect: How the ‘Wild’ Author Became a Publishing Hero, and Why it’s a Good Thing

What is interesting, is that the Frida Kahlo venerated by American feminists is a very different Frida Kahlo to the one people learn about in Mexico, in the Chicano community. In her country, she is recognized as an important artist and a key figure in revolutionary politics of early 20th century Mexico. Her communist affiliations are made very clear. Her relationship with Trotsky is underscored. All her political activities with Diego Rivera are constantly emphasized. The connection between her art and her politics is always made. When Chicana artists became interested in Frida Kahlo in the ‘70s and started organizing homages, they made the connection between her artistic project and theirs because they too were searching for an aesthetic compliment to a political view that was radical and emancipatory. But when the Euro-American feminists latch onto Frida Kahlo in the early ‘80s and when the American mainstream caught on to her, she was transformed into a figure of suffering. I am very critical of that form of appropriation. — Coco Fusco on her Amerindians piece from 1992 with Guillermo Gómez-Peña (via tofunkey)

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nprcodeswitch:

McDonald’s has long marketed to consumers of color as aggressively as any big corporation. It was one of the first corporate customers of Burrell Communications, the longstanding, highly decorated multicultural advertising agency. While we take for granted that there are lots of people of color in mainstream commercials, the world was much different in those awkward early days of culturally targeted marketing. But a journey through this history offers a (hilarious) reminder of what has and has not changed in the art of selling burgers to brown people.

What we found when we started digging through the archives was that McDonald’s was deeply concerned with black folks getting down. (Excuse us:gettin’ down.)

See more on NPR’s Code Switch.

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rootehful:

I’ve seen some background noise pages around tumblr like rainymood, but I don’t think I’ve really seen this page recommended on tumblr.

myNoise.net

The plus of this page is without a doubt the huge list of sound machines that you can open in several tabs and mix as you like, ranging from natural sounds like rain and waves to industrial noises to relaxing tunes like in utero. It’s suitable as background noise for work as well as for relaxing and sleep.

Also recommended:

Someone find one with buzzing bee sounds and i will be happy forever okay

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Sexual harassment is an issue with any profession, and librarianship is no different. All of us – women, men, transgender, everyone – deserve to feel safe and secure in our places of work. These playful little comments alluding to our sexuality or what we do behind closed doors or what we wear when we’re not in the library? They can turn out to be not so playful. At the very least, they are awkward and uncomfortable. At their worst, they are dangerous. It’s harmless until it isn’t, and the line is just too easy to cross. Enough With the “Sexy Librarian” Thing, Already | BOOK RIOT (via bookriot)

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mypubliclands:

HAPPY EARTH DAY 2014!

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the Bureau of Land Management is introducing three vintage posters and postcards depicting some of the spectacular landscapes of our National Conservation Lands. As a part of a continuing series, the purpose of the campaign is to highlight these ruggedly beautiful and culturally rich places that belong to all Americans. 

The inaugural posters and postcards artistically portray three different areas, illustrating the diversity of the landscapes protected under the system. They are Eagletail Mountains Wilderness Area in Arizona, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana and Headwaters Forest Reserve in California.  

There are now nearly 900 designated areas of National Conservation Lands spanning almost 27 million acres – or 11 percent of the lands managed by BLM. They include national monuments, national conservation areas, wilderness and wilderness study areas, national wild and scenic rivers, national scenic trails and national historic trails. 

Learn more about your National Conservation Lands:  http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/prog/blm_special_areas/NLCS.html

Think about it this way:

There’s a group of us. We’re either whispering quietly because we don’t want to upset anyone, or we’re just out of your sight so you can’t really hear us. And then, all of a sudden, somehow you hear us or someone leaves the group and tells you or someone voices their frustrations to you. And instead of listening, or providing them a space to boost that voice so people in other rooms will hear them, you walk back to their private room and start shouting. And people in other rooms hear you and they say ‘wow this is so great I’ve never thought of this before’ and they keep passing it on.

But we’ve been having this conversation the entire time.

— “I’m Still Here" by Sumayyah Daud

It’s New Book Tuesday!!!

lifeonthemidlist:

Request new books at your library!!!
Buy new books!
Buy old books!
And leave some sweet reviews for your faves!

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