30 Days of Books — Day 27
Day 27 – The most surprising plot twist or ending
It didn’t come as a total surprise and is heavily foreshadowed, but still gonna go with Time’s Arrow, by Martin Amis.
More from Light on Dark Corners by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols. (Because you asked for it.)
THE OCTOPUS OF EVIL HABITS
opium, cocaine, tobacco, and bromides
The octopus of evil habits. Welp, there’s my next official title.
Today I visited the medieval library at Merton College, Oxford as a guest of the Fellow Librarian. It is the UK’s oldest library that was designed to be used by scholars, and it has been functioning as such since its construction in the 1370s. You enter the library at the ground level through a massive door. Going up the stairs you reach the upper floor, where the books are stored. It is sensational to walk among the rows of book cases in the half-lit room. Their shelves are filled with hundreds of early-modern books (many still fitted in their original bindings), which are patiently waiting until someone will touch them again. Heavy benches hoovering over wooden floors are a reminder that this room was once filled with scholars leaning over their books, trying to catch the last light of the day. In the middle of the library a big 13th-century book chest is found, next to a small collection of shiny 14th-century astrolabes. What a heavenly place.
Pics (my own): library, book cases, consultation bench, book chest (13th century), stained-glass window (medieval), and entrance. More information about the library on Merton College’s website (here) and also here; more on Merton College, which dates from the 13th-century, here.
*whispers* library porn
"If a woman has [the right to abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t result in anyone’s death."
-Something Maine lawmaker Lawrence Lockman actually said
These are the people running our country.
Here’s some more information about it. Apparently he’s sorry
people took it badly that he said it.
Just read an article on how literary critics don’t review books written by writers of color and this stuck out for me:
"As a creative writing teacher at an arts college in San Francisco, one of my most challenging and rewarding classes is Asian American literature. My students of color often relish the readings, but some white students say they feel anxious about discussing unfamiliar cultures. They don’t know how to speak about the topics with any depth, they tell me, and are afraid of saying something politically incorrect."
It reminds me of the cultural appropriation and segregation fighting on Tumblr. SJW’s are probably happy to hear that the white students know not to touch what isn’t theirs.
The article states 90% of books reviewed in the New York Times are written by white authors and speculates that the critics feel the same as the students.
NY times could hire more reviewers who aren’t white, but it would be easier to teach people that’s it alright analyze (and enjoy) books by authors who don’t share your race.
"I argue that it’s through critical analyses that Asian American literature—and any literature of color—can create understanding and empathy across ethnic lines."