“I am no lady,” the widow replied, “just Vogarro’s whore. You want to be gone from here before the tigers come. Should you reach your queen, give her a message from the slaves of Old Volantis.” She touched the faded scar upon her wrinkled cheek, where her tears had been cut away. “Tell her we are waiting. Tell her to come soon.”
In no particular order:
- A Dance with Dragons by George R R Martin (yes, again)
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
- The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
oops no wifi to access my wishlist, so I can’t remember the others :/
- Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness: What it Means to be Black Now by Michael Eric Dyson and Touré
- The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Girls by Jessica Valenti
- Purity: A Dark Thriller by Douglas Clegg
- It Ain’t All About the Cookin by Paula Deen and Sherry Suib Cohen
I just finished my book list besides re-reads of ASOIAF books and Union resource manuals. I just finished Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee and would appreciate similar titles. But anything to do with social justice is good as well. Also open to novels, but I can be a bit picky. I don’t like traditional fantasy (ie not a fan of LOTR, tolerate Rothfuss, but worship George R R Martin). I also think Jeffrey Eugenides is a genius (which reminds me that I have yet to read his latest novel.)
I’m a pain I know.
Edit: I thought The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was balls ass boring, and I’m sure that helps none at all.
Organizations like the UN do a lot of good, but there are certain basic realities they never seem to grasp. One is that every war is different, even those with surface similarities, because the reasons and the ways countries fight have everything to do with their histories and the way their societies are organized. If conflicts aren’t identical, resolution can never be one-size-fits-all. Maybe the most important truth that eludes these organizations is that it’s insulting when outsiders come in and tell a traumatized people what it will take for them to heal.
Reblogging for reference
I’ve received several asks in the last three weeks about white privilege. Here are three books that are must reads, in my opinion:
Theodore Allen. The Invention of the White Race: Racial Oppression and Social Control (Verso, 1994). Outlines the legal and social construction of white. Very good study. And a new edition of Allen’s 2-volume work is being published in February 2012, according to Verso.
Paula S Rothenberg. White Privilege 4th Edition (Worth, 2011). A good anthology of the classic texts in this topic. Recently updated.
We hadn’t brought peace to Liberia, but our work was emboldening the nation. God’s hands were under our effort and I saw daily how right it had been to begin the work by mobilizing at the bottom. You can tell people of the need to struggle, but when the powerless start to see that they really can make a difference, nothing can quench the fire.
Oh no no don’t get me wrong, I love books, too. I love book smell; I love book history. I just absolutely hate people who are really shitty about eReaders and think there’s absolutely nothing positive about them. I hate the people who act like the advent of the eBook equals the death of publishing rather than the natural evolution of it. I hate people who can’t recognize the merits of an ebook simply because it does not smell like an old book. It’s a lovely smell, one of my favorites and the reason why I have a ton of bookshelves… But ebooks have their place and are merely the future of information distribution.
I have spent most of today working on a essay about the Temple of the Feathered Serpent in Teotihuacan.
I am currently surrounded by library books about Teo. And even though Sara may give me crap for saying this, but I heart old book smell and wasting time imagining the past lives and readers of these beautiful used books.