"When I am dead, I hope it may be said: “His sins were scarlet, but his books were read."
Anglo-French author Hilaire Belloc (born July 27, 1870) wrote darkly humorous children’s verse that inspired Edward Gorey (who illustrated some of his work) and Roald Dahl.
via Goodreads Quote of the Day
"Araminta Ross became a “slave for hire” at the age of 5. She did domestic work, field work, cared for children. She once said that one of her mistresses would savagely whip her almost every day, first thing in the AM. As a result, she would put on “all the thick clothes she could” to protect her body from the blows. When she was teenager, she stood before an overseer who was in pursuit of another slave. He took a lead weight & crashed it on her head. She was deeply wounded. She said that the blow “broke her skull.” She was carried back bleeding. She had no bed. They lay her on the floor. She was sent back to her parents who thought she would die. She survived. She went on to become Harriet Tubman. She freed slaves."
2015 is only 5 months away, just let that sink in
What the fuck does the sink want now
Seven years ago: I went to see Fountains of Wayne with my best friend Shannon, and we were supposed to go with this guy we kind of knew from school, but he said he got his tongue drilled (!!!) at the dentist by accident and couldn’t go, and then we had to hitch a ride to the Chestnut Hill Borders in a family friend’s station wagon but there weren’t enough seats so I had to curl up in the trunk next to a bag of golf clubs.
Borders is now closed, Shannon is now my roommate, the tongue-drilling guy is now (still) my boyfriend. This weekend, we played Fountains of Wayne at a party. And I still love HP7.
RIP Chestnut Hill Borders!
Emily Vancamp as Sharon Carter in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
Here’s an example of what we call a “soft no”. Sharon turns down Steve’s offer in a way that’s meant not to insult him but never actually uses the word “no”.
Steve clearly gets the message, though, and importantly offers to leave her alone. Sharon’s comment afterwards gives him an opportunity to try again later, but he doesn’t press and respects her rejection of his company even though it’s probably hurt his feelings a bit.
Just in case you ever wonder “What would Captain America do?”; there you go.
(Source: reservoir-of-blood, via feiwynne)
"The best way to get kids to read a book is to say: ‘This book is not appropriate for your age, and it has all sorts of horrible things in it like sex and death and some really big and complicated ideas, and you’re better off not touching it until you’re all grown up. I’m going to put it on this shelf and leave the room for a while. Don’t open it."
"Consumers can sign up for $9.99 a month, and immediately have instant access to over 600,000 titles, including many bestsellers. Right now, it appears that the Big Five holdings aren’t available through this channel. But if the interface is as simple as “Buy Now with 1-click,” I’m guessing that many readers will jump the library ship. It’s still not clear how many authors will find this new service of interest."
Amazon Unlimited | American Libraries Magazine (via infoneer-pulse)
I don’t buy it, honestly. I don’t think libraries are going to lose readers to Amazon Unlimited. They didn’t lose people to Netflix. They didn’t lose people to Audible. They’re not going to lose readers to Amazon’s ebook subscription program, either.
Part of the issue is libraries seeing their value in the object only. And when that’s the case, they see any other business doing something with objects as a threat, even though it isn’t.
Libraries are more than a subscription service. They’re more than a business.
Libraries are also more than books. They are programs and services and community meeting spaces.
Libraries provide access to books that aren’t available online or in ebook format.
And for many people, they are the only Internet access they have.
Series 5 - Amy’s Choice
This is still one of my favorite quotes from this episode.
"If you look at the fact that you have a roof over your head, food to eat, that you are young and beautiful and live in a peaceful land, then no, you have nothing to be sad about. But the fact is, we are not only a physical body, we have souls too, and sometimes our souls get sick. If you break a leg you don’t just say ‘I have no reason to have a broken leg’ and ignore it; you seek help. It’s the same when your soul gets hurt. Don’t apologize for being sad."