Picking Favorites: Two Weeks Worth!

February 11, 2017

Maybe three? I dunno; I missed posting this for a while. I have Martin Luther King, Jr. stuff in here, which I think was more than two weeks ago. Whatever, I should be grading.



“In real, big-picture life, MLK was far more radical than the cherry-picked lines from his speeches and books would suggest, a man who moved further left over the course of his long and weary fight for African-American civil rights.” — Check out nine of MLK’s quotes not likely to be cited in mainstream media

Apparently, Steve Harvey said a dumb thing, so we’ve all been subsequently #blessed by this roundup of 21 Fine Ass Asian Men. Also, I call shenanigans on including Daniel Dae Kim but not Naveen Andrews. Maybe two guys from the same show was just one too many?

Naz has a list of forty Asian-American books with LGBTQIA+ protaganists if you’re looking for books to add to your TBR.

“During his eight years in the White House — in a noisy era of information overload, extreme partisanship and knee-jerk reactions — books were a sustaining source of ideas and inspiration, and gave him a renewed appreciation for the complexities and ambiguities of the human condition.” — Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

“So what does one do at a linguistics museum? It’s not entirely clear yet. On the Planet Word site, founder Friedman invites future visitors to ‘[i]dentify accents, tell us how you say soda and hoagie, learn tips from professional dialect coaches, and climb a Tower of Babel or tunnel through a prepositional playground.’” — Word Up! D.C. Will Get a Museum of Linguistics

“That the nuptials of a black woman, born into slavery 33 years earlier, could make the front page of The Times, speaks to a woman who was, by definition, remarkable.” — When Ida B. Wells Married, It Was a Page One Story (It was hard picking a pull-quote from this story because there are so many good ones!)

“What should you read when your president-elect is an unrepentant xenophobe who wants to ban Muslims from America? Well, lots of things, of course, but here’s a more pointed suggestion: read more books by and about Muslims, particularly books written in the last ten years. It’s a small way to understand and empathize with a group of your fellow Americans who desperately need the understanding and empathy of their countrymen and women.” — 10 Contemporary Novels By and About Muslims You Should Read

“We see the news stories about refugees almost every day. We hear the true but almost unimaginable accounts of families forced to flee their homes, their homelands, their entire lives. While we may wish that our children didn’t have to know about such trauma, the facts are that it’s real and very present — and there are countless children actually living it.” — Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee

“I know. You’re a good person. You care. You’re feeling enraged. And helpless. The rage may rise and fall, but the helplessness is a constant struggle. I know that feeling. Not every person can march and strike and stand in solidarity and advocate day in and day out. So here are some ways to get through this by focusing on what you can do day in, day out.” — Salam for Helplessness

“Here’s what I’m trying to remember. I can’t decide, and you can’t, what the country is going to be. It’s beyond our scope of control. I can only decide what I’m going to be. What’s in our heart matters to the exact extent that we use it to create action in the real world.” — Jenny @ Reading the End

“One of literature’s greatest powers is the ability to illustrate our shared humanity and evoke empathy within the reader.” — Book Recommendations From Countries Targeted by Trump’s Travel Ban

“Because America seems to have a bit of trouble distinguishing Muslims from terrorists, I’ve decided to supply a handy dandy reading list.” — 6 YA Books About Muslims Casually Not Being Terrorists

“As the title clearly states, I decided to create a list of some of the best, spell binding and intriguing Lankan literature written in English.” — A compilation of Sri Lankan literature

“When we are robbed of our inner freedom, we feel like victims — victims of our circumstances, of Trump’s outrages, policies and chaos. If we want one more reason not to live in a state of victimhood and perpetual outrage, think of this: that’s the world Trump lives in. He wakes up feeling victimized by the media, he goes to sleep outraged at Alec Baldwin’s portrayal on SNL, and then he wakes up outraged at Judge Robart’s decision. And it’s from that place that he reacts and lashes out with language his administration has to spend news cycles explaining — like the “so-called” judge.
So whatever you do, don’t just let yourself get stuck in the outrage storm — that particular weather pattern is likely to be here for a long time. Remember, you have the power to step out of the storm, think carefully about how best to channel your valuable energy, and then take action. And there are so many ways to do that.” — How to Get Out of the Cycle of Outrage In a Trump World

Given what I know about COINTELPRO (and J. Edgar Hoover, honestly), this story about How James Baldwin Trolled the FBI made me laugh and laugh.

JK Rowling is so savage, and I am HERE FOR IT.

Also, this Twitter thread from Aisha Saeed is balm for my soul. Or, as Rainbow Rowell said:


Not gonna lie: one of the things that buoys me to keep calling Marco Rubio is knowing how much it infuriates him. We’ve got to take our joy where we can, friends.

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  1. Ally Bean

    A linguistics museum? That sounds like fun to me, a word nerd. Also, thanks for the link to the Arianna Huffington piece on avoiding the cycle of outrage. I so needed to read that right about now.

  2. Jenny @ Reading the End

    I am blushing terribly that you thought my words were worth including in such a terrific round-up of awesome links and posts. Also, a linguistics museum sounds absolutely wonderful.

  3. Cinderzenablogs

    Thank you so much for including my list 🙂 and an even bigger thank you for introducing me to a lot more titles.


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