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Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Okay, this is longer than my usual quotes, but I think it’s important. I’ve read a lot of discussions about girls toys v. boys toys, why there aren’t any cool videogames for girls, why for the love of all that is holy does everything have to be pink? Thought-provoking stuff:

 

“The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.

I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.

Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.

Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.

If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:

Become a feminist.”

The Problem is Not the Books by Saundra Mitchell, author

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Sunday, July 27th, 2014

I had to give this one some thought. I don’t really agree, but I see the point that he is trying to make. Reading is certainly using your brain, and reading about other people and their achievements can be inspiring, but at some point, you have to get up and do something!

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

Albert Einstein, a man who definitely did something

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Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Isn’t this insightful? I can think of so many books that I have read and reread and I always find something valuable in them. That’s a true classic.

“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

Italo Calvino, Italian journalist and author

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Sunday, July 13th, 2014

“Books are finite, sexual encounters are finite, but the desire to read and to fuck is infinite; it surpasses our own deaths, our fears, our hopes for peace.”

Roberto Bolaño, Chilean novelist

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Sunday, July 6th, 2014

“Doctor Who: You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself!”

(from Tooth and Claw in Season 2)

Russell T. Davies, Welsh screenwriter and television producer, whose work includes Dr. Who

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Sunday, June 29th, 2014

Isn’t this the truth? I don’t think I will ever have enough books.

“The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.” 

Patricia McKillip, American fantasy/sci-fi author

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Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Apparently, L M Montgomery has seen me in a bookstore…

“I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” 

L.M. Montgomery, Canadian author of Anne of Green Gables

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Sunday, May 25th, 2014

“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.” 

Philip Pullman, British author

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Sunday, May 18th, 2014

I do love Neil Gaiman…

“Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.” 

- Neil Gaiman, author of short fiction, novels, comic books and graphic novels

 

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Sunday, May 11th, 2014

“Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom. But reading is still the path.” 

- Carl Sagan, American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist and author