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vvni:

It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there - William Carlos Williams
Alfredo Jaar

vvni:

It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there - William Carlos Williams

Alfredo Jaar

Sep 26

The causes of a welcome trend -

Interesting story from The Economist on the dramatic (and increasing!) drop in child mortality around the world.

“What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.” — from The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot (via hermionejg)

So this happened.

So this happened.

dcpubliclibrary:

lauriehalseanderson:

They put my thoughts about censorship on a LIBRARY in Washington, DC!!!!
Absolute career highlight!! Thank you, kind librarians!

Thanks for the inspiration lauriehalseanderson!
You can find even more awesome art inside the building in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create as part of UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition.

Laurie’s words three stories tall. Awesome.

dcpubliclibrary:

lauriehalseanderson:

They put my thoughts about censorship on a LIBRARY in Washington, DC!!!!

Absolute career highlight!! Thank you, kind librarians!

Thanks for the inspiration lauriehalseanderson!

You can find even more awesome art inside the building in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create as part of UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition.

Laurie’s words three stories tall. Awesome.

(via lauriehalseanderson)

theartassignment:

A real friend is someone who will break from whatever they are doing to talk to you (or let you take their picture). #theartassignment #areyoureallymyfriend

Sarah just took this with her iphone for this art assignment, but can it be my new author photo?

theartassignment:

A real friend is someone who will break from whatever they are doing to talk to you (or let you take their picture). #theartassignment #areyoureallymyfriend

Sarah just took this with her iphone for this art assignment, but can it be my new author photo?

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Sep 25

as-howarth said: Hey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?

zaielle:

fishingboatproceeds:

I guess I am both happy and sad.

I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.

But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.

Imagine a world where people only die if they know about death. 

(How quickly) would everyone become immortal? What do you think will happen? Will there come a point wherein everyone hides the the concept of death from a generation and the concept will die out? Can you even do that? You can’t teach any form of history, or even family trees, because every previous generation has died (what about pets and other animals? is it only human mortality that counts?). Infant mortality would drop to zero though. 

If people only can die if they know death exist, would anything change at all? 

And so a novel was born.

as-howarth said: Hey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?

I guess I am both happy and sad.

I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.

But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.