“Don’t get too high and mighty, ladies. Don’t step out of line. Don’t do anything to upset or disappoint men who feel entitled to your time, bodies, affection or attention. Your bared body can always be used as a weapon against you. You bared body can always be used to shame and humiliate you. Your bared body is at once desired and loathed.”—Roxane Gay: The Great Naked Celebrity Photo Leak of 2014 is just the beginning (via guardian)
I don’t think we take enough time to appreciate the periods in our life when our noses aren’t runny. Is your nose runny right now? No? Think about that. Honestly reflect on it. Enjoy this era of peace. There are dark times on the horizon
“The depth of isolation in the ghetto is also evident in black speech patterns, which have evolved steadily away from Standard American English. Because of their intense social isolation, many ghetto residents have come to speak a language that is increasingly remote from that spoken by American whites. Black street speech, or more formally, Black English Vernacular, has its roots in the West Indian creole and Scots-Irish dialects of the eighteenth century. As linguists have shown, it is by no means a “degenerate,” or “illogical” version of Standard American English; rather, it constitutes a complex, rich, and expressive language in its own right, with a consistent grammar, pronunciation, and lexicon all its own.”—
Douglas Massey and Nancy A. Denton, Chapter 6: “The Perpetuation of the Underclass,” p. 162 (American apartheid: segregation and the making of the underclass)
As linguists have shown, it is by no means a “degenerate,” or “illogical” version of Standard American English; rather, it constitutes a complex, rich, and expressive language in its own right, with a consistent grammar, pronunciation, and lexicon all its own.
I feel very protective of Danny, Donny, Johnny and Jordan, because they, like me, are from Dorchester. I am very protective about everything from Dorchester, because people are really condescending and shitty (and racist) about it.
Joey, however, was from Jamaica Plain, so he is on his own.
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
This list isn’t in order, but if it were this would still be number one.
2. Shadows In The Water
This book basically defined my aesthetic as a young pre-tween. Shadows in the Water is the sequel to Double Trouble Squared, in which a set of twins have telepathic powers and use them to solve mysteries.
HOWEVER, the sequel is where things really kick off. Their family moves to a houseboat in Florida. Not just Florida, but the Florida Keys. The twins start swimming at night and discover their telepathy gives them the ability to COMMUNICATE WITH DOLPHINS. They help the dolphins solve the mystery of who is dumping toxic waste into the ocean and also just bond and frolic.
I read this book over and over again while listening to Funky Big Band by Janet Jackson, then I spent basically all of my teen years obsessed with the Florida Keys, dolphins, houseboats and the visceral desire to have a twin and it was all thanks to Kathryn Lasky!
3. The Barefoot Contessa
This is a weird choice, but this book changed the way I entertained forever. Like, how you should always have music on the lighting set to go before people arrive so they don’t feel weird being the first to arrive? Or the fact that you should have fun at your own dinner parties. Ina took me to school. Also, her writing is a near perfect parody of itself.
4. The Sun Also Rises
Yikes, but I have read this book a whole bunch of times. I keep reading it at different points in my life and experiencing it differently. It’s sort of why I’ve delayed reading it in my 30s. I’m afraid my next experience will be, “This is dumb.” Even if I hate it at least this time around I’ll understand what’s going on with Jake Barnes’ dick.
5. The Celestine Prophecy
ahahahahahaha, when I was like 24 and living with a bunch of frat bros, my bff and I were OBSESSED with this book. We talked about it all the time like it was a deep and spiritual text we would live our lives by. We stayed up late at night talking about its TRUTH. We took it with us on vacations. We lived and breathed this book in that way that makes a lot of sense when you remember my brain wasn’t fully developed.
This is a very funny book that helped me come to the realization that corporations are terrible to work for. I probably would have figured it out eventually, but I appreciated the nudge.
7. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landeau-Banks
This book is dope and I refuse to hear a word against it.
8. Queen & Country
This is probably my favorite comic ever. There’s a couple of novels that are mixed in with the timeline as well, because Greg Rucka doesn’t give a fuck. You’ll read what he tells you.
The thing I remember most about Lolita was how many ideas I had about it and how many of those my English teacher told me were wrong.
10. Mystic River
Dennis Lehane and I are both from Dorchester, so obviously I feel a huge amount of ownership over his books. (I’m the same way about 4/5 of New Kids on the Block.) This book is set in a fake neighborhood that feels more like an amalgamation of Southie and Charlestown, but I’ll take it.