The Library Sphinx

Libraries, books, feminism, politics, art, science, roller derby and the occasional cute cat.

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huffingtonpost:

Hey, White America, You Need To Hear What These Ferguson Kids Have To Say

In a new video from social justice-oriented T-shirt company FCKH8, several Ferguson children lampoon the excuses white people give to avoid getting involved in ending discrimination in America and deliver a call to action to stomp out racism.

Watch the full video and see these kids explain how racism is still a huge part of even getting an interview for a job.

THE LAST GIF!!!

Tellllll em!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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"Curves in all the right places"

nightbloggerlogic:

Ok I don’t wanna be a buzzkill cause all this fat positivity in music recently is super freaking great. But I can’t be the only person getting kind of annoyed with fat and “curvy” being used interchangeably. Fatness held in breasts and butts has always been the “acceptable” fatness for women for a…

"It’s okay to be fat because it’s okay to be fat."

Great post expounding on something I’ve never been able to articulate for myself, i.e. why it feels uncomfy to use “curvy” and “fat” interchangeably.

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zebraskew:

The great unwritten rule of roller derby:

Invest in your officials and EVERYBODY benefits.

Book meme!

"Some book meme letters for you: C, H, and S please. :)"  from bluestockingcouture

C - Currently reading

Actively or…? :) I tend to have 5-6 books on the go at once but the only ones I’m actively getting through are Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link and Mindsight by Dan Siegel. Pretty Monsters is a collection of short stories in the fantasy genre. I’m really enjoying them! They’re a YA level, I think, and quite well-written. It’s been a while since I’ve read short stories and I’m afraid to say they’re really suiting my attention span at the moment! 

Mindsight is a popular neuroscience book talking about using neuroplasticity to cultivate compassion and control in how you respond to your emotions and how you interact with others. It’s part of my recent reading on Secular Buddhism, Buddhist psychology, mindfulness etc., which I’ve been exploring in an effort to sort out my own mental health issues for good.

H - Hidden gem book

I don’t know how hidden it is, but I absolutely love On Beauty by Zadie Smith. It’s such an amazingly crafted novel with characters that felt like real people. I really enjoyed how it explored the delicate relationships between emotion and intellectualism, poetry and theory and so on. Everyone should read it! :)

S - Series you started and need to finish

I read The Magicians by Lev Grossman thinking it was a one-off that probably should have been split into 3 or 4 books. I really liked the way magic worked in that book but was not totally sold on the characters or the writing. When something is billed as “It’s like ______ but with sex!” (in this case the comparison is with Harry Potter) I’m pretty much automatically suspicious. But apparently it is a trilogy and I would like to give the sequels a try, because I think that author has some interesting ideas.

I found a book meme!

bluestockingcouture:

Give me a letter and I will hold forth on one of the following topics:

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From
B. Best Sequel Ever
C. Currently Reading
D. Drink of Choice While Reading
E. E-Reader or Physical Books
F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated…

stammsternenstaub:

misterlucian:

Help me fund the first ever print run of my fully-illustrated edition of the Ars Goetia!

You’ve heard me harp on about it.  Now you can finance it.  Perks!  My face!  Demons!  Books!  Modern English!  Pictures!  All the major food groups.  Come and get some. 

We’ve got until the 1st of October to raise £700.  Can we do it?  I hope so.

PROMOTE. P…urchase? please spend money on this, this is the best work I have ever done in my life and your bookshelves deserve it.  Your eyeballs deserve it.  Your mum deserves it.  We all deserve everything as life isn’t a reward system.  Please finance this campaign.  Maybe I will say more things.

HERE HERE HERE

http://igg.me/at/mrluciansarsgoetia/x/2832224

DO THE THING

My pal Lucian is making an AMAZING thing! If you would like this thing to be a real life thing, please consider funding him. Like art? Like academia? Like summoning demons? This is the fundraiser for you!

“Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eyes level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.”

—   Thoreau (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
theseluckystars:

“My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even derail it. I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of ‘experiences.’”
What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: Summer is a wonderful time for the bibliophile.

theseluckystars:

My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even derail it. I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of ‘experiences.’”

What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: Summer is a wonderful time for the bibliophile.

(Source: parnassusbooks, via blackberrybooks)

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off to Toronto we must go!

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hardcoregurlz:

Slave gravesite in New York City

“SOMETHING YOUR TOUR GUIDE MIGHT NOT TELL YOU: 
The heart of NYC’s Financial District is built on a huge 18th century African Burial Ground. Some 419 Africans were discovered in 1991, a large portion women and children.
The burial ground extends from Broadway Southward under City Hall, and almost to the site of the former World Trade Center. It is believed that there are as many as 20,000 slavery-era Africans in graves under the buildings in Lower Manhattan. 
Abolish historical amnesia and ponder for a moment the fact that this financial epicenter of the world is built on slavery, oppression, and death.”
Literally, and daily.

damn

One of my anthropology professors actually worked at this dig site and told us all about it. Super interesting, and very important. I highly suggest everyone do their research. (Just look here, here, here and here *this one is an article by my professor*)

I’ve reblogged this before, but this version has sources, so…

earthmoonlotus:

fuckyeahrachelsawyer:

madame-ganj:

nezua:

hardcoregurlz:

Slave gravesite in New York City

“SOMETHING YOUR TOUR GUIDE MIGHT NOT TELL YOU: 

The heart of NYC’s Financial District is built on a huge 18th century African Burial Ground. Some 419 Africans were discovered in 1991, a large portion women and children.

The burial ground extends from Broadway Southward under City Hall, and almost to the site of the former World Trade Center. It is believed that there are as many as 20,000 slavery-era Africans in graves under the buildings in Lower Manhattan. 

Abolish historical amnesia and ponder for a moment the fact that this financial epicenter of the world is built on slavery, oppression, and death.”

Literally, and daily.

damn

One of my anthropology professors actually worked at this dig site and told us all about it. Super interesting, and very important. I highly suggest everyone do their research. (Just look here, here, here and here *this one is an article by my professor*)

I’ve reblogged this before, but this version has sources, so…

(via lightsharpnesssong)