canadian YA author living in tokyo, japan. DUALED (2013) & DIVIDED (2014), random house children's books.

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Slavic Spirits 




The Domovoi is a masculine household spirit.

In appearance, the Domovoi is typically:

  • Small.
  • Bearded.
  • Covered in hair all over.

According to some traditions, domovye take on the appearance of current or former owners of the house and have a grey…



I hate time travel

i love and fear the concept of time travel

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Jim Hurlbut: You were born in Omaha, is that right?

Malcolm X: Yes sir.

Hurlbut: And your family left Omaha when you were what? One year old?

Malcolm X: I imagine about a year old.

Hurlbut: Now, why did they eave Omaha?

Malcolm X: Well, to my understanding… the Ku Klux Klan burned down one of their homes in Omaha.

Hurlbut: This made your family feel very unhappy actually?

Malcolm X: Well insecure if not unhappy.

Hurlbut: So they must have a somewhat prejudiced point of view — a personally prejudiced point of view. In other words, you cannot look at this in a broad, academic sort of way, really, can you?

Malcolm X: I think that’s incorrect, because despite the fact that that happened in Omaha and then when moved to Lansing, Michigan our home was burned down again — in fact, my father was killed by the Ku Klux Klan, and despite all of that, no one was more thoroughly integrated with whites than I. No one has lived more so in the society of whites than I. 

This portion of this famous interview has always fascinated me. Hurlbut is asserting that people of color cannot be objective about racism because they have experienced the violence of racism, which apparently “prejudices” you. Only white people can look at racism in a “broad, academic sort of way” because they are the architects of racism and only experience the benefits of white supremacism. And he’s sitting there saying this on national television as though he’s making sense. Hurlbut is pushing this intellectual depravity at Malcolm X as though he has found a clever way to discredit Malcolm’s perspective. This is what white racism does to white people: it makes them stupid. This is why I’ve often described whiteness as a cognitive trauma, a lifetime of conditioning which inhibits certain neural faculties and results in a certain kind of dissociative disorder. Only people who have dissociated themselves from their own humanity can happily picnic under swinging corpses.

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Hipster in Stone by Leo Caillard

Keeping track of time, doing this kind of personal accounting, gives things context; it marks the passing of time not unlike the demarcation school enforced, where time was punctuated by semesters and summer breaks. When you mark time in chunks, you can name it — “it’s fall,” “I’m in my 40s,” we’re in the “aughts.” Shared vocabulary has value because then there can be conversation. Being aware of time allows for both an objectivity and a shared experience that weren’t there before.

What you actively spend time on, and (far more difficult) what you choose not to do, who you choose not to spend time with, and who and what you decide to say no to — what you choose, then — is how you mark time. And that is all there is.

A beautiful reflection on time by Liz Danzico. Pair with this fascinating look at how humanity has visualized the chunking of time over the ages

Annie Dillard captured this yin-yang of time best: “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

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Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at fifteen to write several novels.
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You can’t pick and choose what parts of feminism you want. You can’t support your queer sisters but not your trans sisters. You can’t support your fat sisters but not your sisters of colour. Being a feminist means creating a positive and equal space for women. The second you start excluding women based on which characteristics you do or do not find appealing you have defeated the whole point of being a feminist.

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Diversity in Publishing Matters (Whether You Like It Or Not) - BOOK RIOT 


Wallace Yovetich makes very good points. Supporting diversity is necessary to show the wider publishing world that we want to see these books and yes the lack of diversity IS an ongoing issue. 


作詞:Takeshi Hosomi
作曲:the HIATUS

I wake up from a nightmare
Where we had our best days
And wonder where it has gone wrong

Just keep up the prayer
Still trying to remember who I was
And how things used to be

Save me
Save me
Save me
Save me

Stay awake
Or I’ll just fall apart in memories
I’m not the one you want
I’m not the one you know
I hope you are fine

Save me
Save me
Save me
Save me

I wake up from a nightmare
Where we had our best days
And wonder where it has gone wrong

Just keep up the prayer
Still trying to remember who I was
And how things used to be

Please stay a while
Until I get to be the right one
Please come back to me
When I can get to be the right one

Daily Bookish Challenge: Day 13 



If you could choose one relatively unknown, underrated or under appreciated book to share with others, which book would you recommend to others?

Dualed by Elsie Chapman is a fantastic dystopian novel. Every person is born with a twin and every person has to kill that twin so that only the…

Yess! Dualed is an awesome read! ^-^ .. its sequel Divided is another book that I recommend to be added to your TBR list too! ^-^

Aw, thank you both so much! This is such a sweet post!

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