lying in bed like “what was the point of Amelia Bedelia. What was I even supposed to learn from that book? Make sure you’re clear about what you want?? Ask clarifying questions when you’re confused about a task??? If you make really good lemon merengue pies everyone will love you even if you fuck everything up????”
Singer Ethel Waters as illustrated by Robert Nippoldt and text by Hans-Jürgen Schaal. Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties is a beautifully produced over-sized, cloth-bound walk through the history of Harlem and its transformation from a peaceful village on the outskirts of New York City into “America’s black Paris.” This book celebrates time and place without ever sugarcoating the often harsh realities and egregious adversities faced by the legendary community of artists who created a uniquely American genre of music. Read the review here.
In 1887, American journalist Nellie Bly had herself committed to New York’s notorious Blackwell’s Island insane asylum — on purpose, as part of an assignment from the New York World newspaper. When she was released 10 days later, she had seen cruelty that made her shudder. In her account for the World, she wrote:
"I left the insane ward with pleasure and regret. Pleasure that I was once more able to enjoy the free breath of heaven; regret that I could not have brought with me some of the unfortunate women who lived and suffered with me, and who I am convinced are just as sane as I was and am now myself.”
The story that resulted is called “Ten Days in a Mad-House,” and it’s one of many pieces collected in a new volume, Nellie Bly: Around the World in Seventy-Two Days and Other Writings — released this year in honor of Bly’s 150th birthday. The book’s editor, Jean Lutes, talked about Bly’s legacy on Morning Edition yesterday.
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hunger games fic rec: The Miner's Wife -
In an alternate universe in which Prim was never reaped, Katniss married Gale at the age of 18, as a good Seam girl should. 12 years later, she has two children with him. Peeta Mellark, the lone victor of the 74th Hunger Games, is a failed mentor and a prostitute in the Capitol. When he is home in District 12, he is self-destructive and on his way to becoming an alcoholic.
really really well written
not all monsters do monstrous things
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you’re all a lot hotter than you think