1. updownbindery:



    The best thing about working in the “City of Literature” is the vibrant bookish life going on all around here.  Last Friday I visited the University of Iowa Center for the Book - uicb.  

    What you see in the above image is more than meets the eye.  Here a traditional three person team is researching by recreating historic conditions in early paper mills with Timothy Barrett.

    Learn more about their research in this incredible video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-PmfdV_cZU

    <3  This was so very cool to watch.  As part of their research they were attempting 150-200 sheets an hour, the reported output of early papermills.

    Ok, this is awesome. I so want to learn how to make paper. 

    (via blogearthbound)


  3. tardiscrash:

    Let’s be real, in a time before the internet people didn’t have more adventures and make more meaningful connections. They watched TV and listened to CDs. Before that they listened to records and read magazines. Before that they listened to the radio and read bad dime novels. Before that they embroidered or some shit.

    People have been staying inside and ignoring other people for as long as there have been buildings. 

    (via snarkandsparkles)

  4. ladysnarkbite:

    Can Julie Andrews pass the ‘wholesome test’? The answer is no.

    Julie is even more perfect than I previously thought.

    soo….. what’s unwholesome about kissing another woman?

    (Source: lejazzhot, via thelesbianguide)

  5. metalpail:

    “Captain America does not have a turban and beard,” he said. He had a child’s curious tone. No malevolence.

    “Why not?” I asked him. “I was born here. We could have a new Captain America who is Sikh or black or Hispanic.”

    - Salon Sept. 10, 2013

    (via pauldierden)

  6. diversityinya:

    10 Asian Pacific American YA Authors to Know

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    Swati Avasthi

    Melissa de la Cruz

    Andrew Fukuda

    Jenny Han

    Malinda Lo

    • Author of Adaptation and Inheritance, William C. Morris Award finalist for Ash, and co-founder of Diversity in YA
    • malindalo.com | @malindalo | Tumblr

    Ellen Oh

    Cindy Pon

    • Author of Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, the forthcoming Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), and co-founder of Diversity in YA
    • cindypon.com | @cindypon | Tumblr

    Padma Venkatraman

    • Author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning novels A Time to Dance, Climbing the Stairs, and Island’s End
    • padmasbooks.com

    Gene Luen Yang

    • Author of the National Book Award finalist and LA Times Book Prize winner Boxers and Saints, the Printz Award-winning and National Book Award finalist American Born Chinese, and co-author of Dark Horse Comics’ Avatar: The Last Airbender
    • geneyang.com | @geneluenyang

    Laurence Yep

    • Author of dozens of books for children and young adults including the Gold Mountain Chronicles, winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and two-time Newbery Honor winner
    • Wikipedia page

    (via bisexual-books)

  7. thoughtsofablackgirl:

    Girls&WomenToKnow: Leanna Archer

    Meet Lenna Archer, who started her Leanna Inc. a haircare line at This Long  years old. Leanna all nautral organic hair products has generated over $ $100,000 in revenue. Leana develops and mixes each of her products (the original hair dressing was based on a family formula), and tracks orders and customer correspondence. Her parents and two brothers assist in bookkeeping, packaging, and product testing. The company sells its shampoos, conditioners, shea butter, and other products both in stores and online. 

    Leanna is a philanthropist as well in 2008 she founded the Leanna Archer Education Foundation, an organization devoted to providing better opportunities for children in Haiti. Leanna’s goal is to built schools in Haiti, while providing a Safe learning environment for over 150 students.

    Leanna as been featured in Forbes Magazine, Success Magazine, INC Magazine (30 under 30) and Ebony Magazine. Online web portal, AOL Black Voices, was also impressed with Leanna and positioned the Teen CEO as #5 on their list of “ Top 9 Young Lions” who are making Black History. Leanna has also been interviewed by several major media outlets, including NBC, MSNBC,ABC,FOX Business and BET.

    (via primadonna-grrrl)


  8. "Originally, in the 20s and 30s, the stereotype of someone who was schizophrenic was the housewife who was sad and withdrawn, and would not do her duties as a housewife; would not do the housework. This was the typical case of schizophrenia. And then, in the 60s, something shifted. The actual criteria for schizophrenia shifted. A lot of psychiatrists and hospitals and police were encountering young, angry black men who were part of the civil rights movement. Who were part of the riots – the uprisings – in the Black Power movement. Who were angry. Who were perceiving a conspiracy of power against them, that was called paranoia. They would see it is white privilege, but it was called paranoia. And so we actually see the diagnositc criteria for schizophrenia change. So now you have anger and paranoia and hostility being included as criteria, whereas 30 years before they hadn’t been. Because the stereotype has changed. So there’s a way in which the DSM and the perspectives of the psychiatrists and the doctors who were giving these diagnoses is thoroughly politically constructed, and thoroughly dependent on the culture and context that they’re within."

  9. "

    I wish to dispel the notion that women are “more emotional.” I don’t think we are. I think that the emotions women stereotypically express are what men call “emotions,” and the emotions that men typically express are somehow considered by men to be something else.

    This is incorrect. Anger? EMOTION. Hate? EMOTION. Resorting to violence? EMOTIONAL OUTBURST. An irrational need to be correct when all the evidence is against you? Pretty sure that’s an emotion. Resorting to shouting really loudly when you don’t like the other person’s point of view? That’s called “being too emotional to engage in a rational discussion.”

    Not only do I think men are at least as emotional as women, I think that these stereotypically male emotions are more damaging to rational dialogue than are stereotypically female emotions. A hurt, crying person can still listen, think, and speak. A shouting, angry person? That person is crapping all over meaningful discourse.


  10. whenthebluebellsareout:

    Humans do a lot of awful things and we shouldn’t ignore that but I think we need to take time now and again to remember that we take tiny predators into our homes and feed them and care for them and clean up their poo and all we ask in return is that they let us pet them occasionally and I think we should appreciate that

    (via pauldierden)