Welcome to the first Where the Links are in what seems like a super duper long time. Did I mention that Tim and I just moved? We did! It sucked! This stupid move is why my posts have been so damn sporadic. We had a hell of a time finding a new apartment. I’ve been a staunch Queens resident for a long time, but it appears we got priced out of our favorite Queens neighborhoods (Astoria, Long Island City, and Sunnyside). So, we’re here in Kensington, Brooklyn. Hey neighbors!
The Parents Action League reviewers filed a formal challenge for the school district to pull its 70 copies of “Eleanor & Park” from school library shelves. The group also called for the librarians who chose “Eleanor & Park” for the district’s voluntary summer reading program to be punished.
“We urgently need to get this material out of our high school and middle school libraries,” their website says.
The district, per its policy, is reviewing the book challenge.
I am appalled at the treatment that Rainbow Rowell and Eleanor and Park are receiving. Just disgusted. A book like this can help give a voice to victims of abuse and bullying. Calling the book “pornographic” and “sexually explicit” is short-sighted and terribly misinformed.
♥ Read all about “Mayor Emanuel’s larger initiative to turn libraries into backdrops for his press conferences.” A library without a librarian? Sorry, y’all. That’s not a library. That’s a book depository.
I support marriage equality for all; Card has written and spoken against it, time and again. In fact, in a 2008 treatise against the overturn of Proposition 8 in California, he wrote, “No matter how sexually attracted a man might be toward other men, or a woman toward other women, and no matter how close the bonds of affection and friendship might be within same-sex couples, there is no act of court or Congress that can make these relationships the same as the coupling between a man and a woman.”
At the core of his argument was the fact that a same-sex relationship is inherently different — presumably bad — and thus is not protected by law. The sci-fi author has since backpedaled from this opinion. As the movie version of Ender’s Game readies to open in theaters everywhere this fall, Card has distanced himself from that comment, but the timing is convenient, even calculated.
♥ One of my new favorite Tumblrs is Librarian Shaming. I’m probably going to submit soon, as I have many things to be ashamed of.
♥ Let’s just, like, together, decide we’re not going to wear racialized costumes this year. Shall we? If you’re counting on wearing that Pocahantas get-up this year, it’s time to seriously stop and think about what you’re doing.
I laughed it all off at first — but then, I read the comments.
“What a waste of space,” read one. Another: “Heifers like her should be put down.” Yet another said I should just kill myself “and spare everyone’s eyes.” Hundreds of hateful messages, most of them saying that I was a worthless human being and shaming me for having the audacity to go in public dressed as a sexy video game character. How dare I dress up and have a good time!
What I’m reading:
♥ Escape by Carolyn Jessop, about a woman’s life and escape from the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. You can read an excerpt here.
♥ Girls I’ve Run Away with by Rhiannon Argo. 100 or so pages in and I’m enamored with it.
What I’m listening to:
What I’m watching:
♥ A tour of the Lunchbox Museum. Are they hiring? You guys need a librarian?
What I’m coveting:
♥ I know I’m too old for stickers, but I don’t care ♥ I think I could DIY this…and I probably will once my current cat bag wears out ♥ Hell yeah menses zine! ♥ OK, this is more than I usually spend on a zine, but it might be in my future anyway ♥ I think this dress might actually fit me ♥ Fashion bloggers talk about Modcloth WAY too much (enough already, people!), but once in a while, they have something really lovely. I adore that this skirt comes in a variety of sizes ♥ This dress is a triumph ♥ Perhaps this pillow should be in my life ♥ Will you join the cute bunny club with me? ♥
Also, I hope you don’t mind me plugging this, but my boyfriend Tim‘s new Etsy shop has opened! If you’re into zines or art books, please check it out. The Ramen Zine is my personal favorite, but this one’s also cool because each one is handmade, one-of-a-kind and comes with a CD. Support librarian zine makers!
~Love and Libraries, Ingrid