"This past summer, America had a long conversation with itself about its pervasive culture of violence, a culture that often literally consumes the lives of young black men. I’m not saying it was a satisfactory conversation, that anyone came out of it feeling like we’d treated the subject…
“She had been too busy trying to transform herself into the kind of person who doesn’t need anything from anybody, a wall of pure bricks. In the meantime, she had forgotten that when people walk into walls of bricks, they get hurt.”33,798 notes link >
“Don’t ask for guarantees. And don’t look to be saved in any ONE thing, person, machine, or library. Do your own bit of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.”152 notes link >
Sixth-graders in Queens, N.Y. were told to read a book that talked about masturbation until seething parents got the title pushed off the summer reading list.
Instead of turning this book into a learning situation and discussing the issues in it, the parents go on a rampage and have it eliminated from the reading list so no one is allowed to read it. Gee, how archaic and immature.
It depends on what the book was like…..
“We all know that books burn - but we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire.”388 notes link >
There are plenty of literary tattoos out there, and plenty of tattooed librarians. A bit less common are librarians with tattoos celebrating their career choice.1. Card Catalog