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The Bronx-born photographer Lisa Leone began taking pictures of hip-hop artists she knew in her teens and twenties. Today, her work offers a look back at some of hip-hop’s biggest names when they were just getting their start.
Autumn is next week! And what better way to mark the changing seasons than with master macabre illustrator Edward Gorey? According to Flavorwire, Gorey oversaw paperback cover designs as an art editor for Anchor Books in the 1950s. Here’s a sampling of his work, but there’s lots more to look at over on flickr.
Today’s post is dedicated to Carson McCullers’s brilliant first novel, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, which was published to great acclaim almost 75 years ago when the author was just 23. This novel is for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider or reject. I recently re-read the 1940 classic, and have collected various editions and incarnations of the book, most of my adult life. Here’s a sampling.
Beautiful covers for this beautiful book. Also among this reporter’s favorite book titles of all time.
Carson is my girl. My copy is the first cover. Nyack represent.
When you can state the theme of a story, when you can separate it from the story itself, then you can be sure the story is not a very good one. The meaning of a story has to be embodied in it, has to be made concrete in it. A story is a way to say something that can’t be said any other way, and it takes every word in the story to say what the meaning is. You tell a story because a statement would be inadequate. When anybody asks what a story is about, the only proper thing is to tell him to read the story. The meaning of fiction is not abstract meaning but experienced meaning, and the purpose of making statements about the meaning of a story is only to help you experience that meaning more fully.
Flannery O’Connor (via nathanielstuart)
Time for a long, self-righteous, education major rant.
I’m taking this class on teaching kids with special needs, and there’s this girl in the class who’s in the same program as me, and she arrives late everyday and spends the whole class on her phone and it really bothers me.
Part of what I hate about it is that I know that she’s really passionate about social justice (because I’ve witnessed her calling people out on their problematic behaviors and statements in a really aggressive, condescending way that I think ultimately proves to be unproductive because the people she calls out get defensive and are not receptive to her valid points, but that’s another issue) and here we are, presented with a unique opportunity to make a real, tangible, substantial difference in the lives of children with special needs, and she’s not paying attention to the veteran educator teaching us how to do it.
I just want to tell her:
Teaching really matters, at least to me.
Put your phone down and put in the fucking effort, because what we are learning is so very important.
You don’t get to bully people (people I genuinely believe just need a little education) over their problematic bullshit, if you are not committed to helping your underprivileged, underrepresented students.
People who make oppressive remarks without thinking are very much a problem. You know what’s a much bigger problem? Lazy, apathetic teachers.