"At times, I thought, This is too much, but I know something of the world now, and there are rarely limits to suffering." — Roxane Gay in Bad Feminist.

"At times, I thought, This is too much, but I know something of the world now, and there are rarely limits to suffering." — Roxane Gay in Bad Feminist.

Page 1 & Page 2

Page 1 & Page 2

My branch needs two Pages. I’m surprised I didn’t mention this earlier because when I saw the announcement on our website, I geeked out a little bit.

So if you want library experience in a low stress position, Paging is where it’s at. Plus, I know the Page Supervisor and she’s mostly okay. :-)

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P.S. I’m the Page Supervisor.

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Queen Mother Morrison.

Queen Mother Morrison.

(Source: smashfizzle)

Purging, Trimming, or Weeding

Purging, Trimming, or Weeding

A few weeks ago, The Boston Globe reported that the Boston Public Library would be trimming down their collection. Trimming makes it sound like it’s a small amount of books, but 180,000 isn’t so tiny, perhaps purging is a better word. Of course not everyone is happy at this amount – I noticed that BPL recently bloggedabout their collection policy to answer questions of those who are concerned…

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poetsorg:

Poets Forum 2014: 3 inspiring days in NYC with more than 30 celebrated poets. Only 2 weeks left to SAVE 20%. 

Look at how cute Marilyn Nelson is in the background.

poetsorg:

Poets Forum 2014: 3 inspiring days in NYC with more than 30 celebrated poets. Only 2 weeks left to SAVE 20%.

Look at how cute Marilyn Nelson is in the background.

Thoughts while “Reaching for Catharsis”

Last September, Boolicious and I went on vacation to Las Vegas and stayed at the Palazzo. The bathroom in our room was lovely, except for the digital scale. You can’t fudge the numbers with a digital scale and this one even measured body fat percentage and one other thing…water percentage maybe? I should not have gotten on that scale, but I did and was shocked/appalled by the number. That didn’t stop me from eating whatever I wanted when I was out there. I told myself I would fix things when I got back home.

Eleven months later, I haven’t fixed things completely, but I have made some progress. Not the amount of progress I want though. If I continue at my current rate, it will take three more years until I get to my ideal weight, which would be okay, but I haven’t seen any progress for a few months. I’m at a plateau.

I mention this because I’m reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay and in one of the essays she mentioned going to fat camp and watching “The Biggest Loser” and Skinny and stuff. Despite how she described her experience at fat camp I found myself wishing there was a place I could go for a month, where I would be forced to workout and eat properly. And then I thought, these places probably exist but cost lots of money (that I don’t have). I imagined going on a reality show like “Not Quite the Biggest Loser” or some show where you need to lose 30 pounds. I don’t know if anyone would watch that show for reasons Gay points out in her essay, losing 30 pounds is not the same as losing 100. Not enough drama and little empathy.

Anyway, if you create that show, I’d sign up. I might chicken out at the thought of being the subject of live tweeting on a Thursday night, but if the prize money was good…well…

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evoifc:

artblackafrica:

Barabara Walker
Study Series, 2011, Charcoal and pastel on paper, 50 x 70cm

The  work  looks at the lasting affects upon the individual who finds themselves absent from the dominant cultural fiction that is tasked to posit them within ideological framework of society. What effects does this have upon a child when they glance into the cultural mirror and fail to see their reflection?”

This made me teary

Bittersweet.

(via afropicking)

roxanegay:

Another young black man has been gunned down. His name was Mike Brown. He was unarmed.

My [redacted] e-mailed me because she knew I would be upset about this story, because she knows all of my heart, and all I could say in response was, “I am numb.”

I don’t care if Mike Brown was going to…

tokeninamerica:

nprmusic:

To a barber shop of captivated men, watch R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan premiere “Stupid Girls,” a new song that warns women to be careful with their hearts.

Girl…

I wonder what comments the men had afterwards.