I was reading Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree, which made headlines in 2012, and I came across the quote, ““Belonging is one of the things that makes life bearable, and it can be tough to look at a binary world and choose against both sides.” It got me thinking, isn’t that the reason why we want to define our identities because we want to belong?
Monday, March 31, 2014
It in a moment filled with exhaustion and late evening/early morning delirium when I found myself talking about high school with a friend. We were both procrastinating on work, eager to talk about things, anything really. We became stuck on the topic of identity—our shared struggles to define ourselves during high school and even a little now.
Friday, March 28, 2014
It's a quick post in between classes for me and I made a quick spring wallpaper since for once, it's not snowing! It's pouring outside but hey, it's finally spring! I wanted to find a quote about spring from a book, but I couldn't find one... Maybe you can?
Link to download is below the jump
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
New York always holds a special place in my heart. Despite not being able to write ballads to it since I am the worst at rhyme and song, I can definitely write blog post upon blog post about the city. Since I live within commuting distance, I used to spend days there and recently, I found myself there again, this time with a friend from college. It was the most impromptu of trips, planned in a storm of text messages and soon, we whisked ourselves off.
Monday, March 24, 2014
I read A.S King’s Reality Boy over the course of a week and it was so much more worthwhile reading it, savoring it. It’s a story about a former reality-star, Gerald, ten years after his show, Network Nanny aired and the repercussions the show has on his life as he tries to find love and meaning.
Gerald is an angry kid and his anger towards his psychopath sister, whom his parents refuse to see as such, was aired nationwide when he was a six-year-old boy and pooped in people’s shoes and walls. Ten years later, he’s still trying to deal with his anger and his rather unsavory celebrity status as the “Crapper”. Add to that an emotionally distant mother who cares more about appearances and a physically distant father. Gerald has one tough life.
Friday, March 21, 2014
There's a lot that I want to say about female writers and how underrated they are, as well as the steps that we're undertaking towards social equality and while I do realize that it's not entirely book-related, I hope you'll stay with me on this post.
I was in the car recently and a NPR short about gender pay inequality in the US came on. It detailed how women's wage gap increased as they go further into their careers and how both sides of the political spectrum want to have promote better jobs for women. The NPR short is getting some heat because some believe it's perpetuating a myth of women earning 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. Both Slate and The Daily Beast did shorts about how the statistic is a myth and there are conflicting arguments from both sides of the 77 cents argument.
While I don't believe that there is no wage gap based on gender, the Slate and The Daily Beast do bring up a point when they say that females are more prone to majoring in certain areas and men major in different areas. There's a certain stereotype that's applied to writers-- that women writers write about less "serious" things and the great writers are men. Kelly Jensen from Book Riot wrote a wonderful piece about the gender disparity between book award winners and she writes:
In no way is the fact that work by women is showing up more frequently on the NBA [National Book Award] list or in the Paris Review or in Tin House a reflection of improvement or progress in the women’s work. It’s not the work of the NBA to pat those women on the back and tell them congratulations, that their work is finally good enough to be par with the work of men. It’s an excellent, worthwhile observation to make about this facet of literary history that women have earned equal — even a little beyond equal — representation in NBA recognition, but it’s in no way indicative of the quality of women doing the work, nor is it indicative of the quality of the work itself. It’s indicative instead of an industry, and perhaps NBA committees, paying more attention to work that has always been overlooked, underappreciated, and under marketed.
Women’s work has always been awesome, just as the work written by people of color, minorities, and other classes of people who aren’t white men has been. The work of white men has been awesome, too, but it has benefitted from a system where their work has been assumed awesome, rather than graciously granted the chance to be awesome. The NBA improvements are, perhaps, in part because that fee guarantees that certain books are read and considered. That they have an equal place at the table.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I find independent bookstores strangely comforting and as I found myself in my local bookstore back home with a friend, I was flooded with the memories that I spent in the bookstore with my friend. Growing up, I never imagined that I'd be the type to start sentences with the words, "Remember when..." but I now, I find myself starting to do it. I also find silences strangely comforting, too. I'm getting old, haha.
Friday, March 14, 2014
I was reading Reality Boy this week and it's really good so far, which inspired me to make this wallpaper as a part of my Tech Meets Books feature.
Link to download is below the jump