She burned too bright for this world.
1.Wall of books — Amsterdam
2.Bookstore Mural — Pittsboro
3.Inside a Bookshelf — Sweden
4.Library Mural — Poland
5.Flying Books — San Francisco
6.Heart, Culture and Pedagogy — Canada
7.La Bibliotèque De La Cité — France
8.Larchmere Mural — Ohio
9.Duluth Public Library - Minnesota
10.Transformer Books — Russia
The worst feeling ever is not knowing whether you should wait or give up.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, illustrated by N. Zeitlin, Moscow: Kolos, 1981 (reprinted from a 1956 edition).
Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed
The woman who doesn’t need validation from anyone is the most feared individual on the planet.
A fairy tale book display in a shop at the Efteling Theme Park in Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands.
I liked the idea, how the past could be preserved, fossilised, in the stars. I wanted to think that somewhere on the other end of time, a hundred light-years from then, someone else, some distant future creature, might be looking back at a preserved image of me and my father at that very moment in my bedroom.
Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles
"Some might think that the creativity, imagination, and flights of fancy that give my life meaning are insanity."
… because I sometimes have moments of such despair, such despair… Because in those moments I start to think that I will never be capable of beginning to live a real life; because I have already begun to think that I have lost all sense of proportion, all sense of the real and the actual; because, what is more, I have cursed myself; because my nights of fantasy are followed by hideous moments of sobering! And all the time one hears the human crowd swirling and thundering around one in the whirlwind of life, one hears, one sees how people live—that they live in reality, that for them life is not something forbidden, that their lives are not scattered for the winds like dreams or visions but are forever in the process of renewal, forever young, and that no two moments in them are ever the same; while how dreary and monotonous to the point of being vulgar is timorous fantasy, the slave of shadow, of the idea, the slave of the first cloud that covers the sun…
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Eugenides and Anderson both claim to use intersexuality and transsexuality merely as metaphors, but this is clearly disingenuous. While Middlesex may be an epic novel that follows a Greek American family through several generations, what consistently grabbed people’s attention in book reviews and interviews was its intersex protagonist. And while Normal may be a film about marriage, it was clearly marketed as a film about transsexuality. The success of Middlesex and Normal was clearly due in large part to the fact that they offered mainstream audiences a glimpse into what are largely considered the mysterious and exotic lives of gender-variant people. Eugenides and Anderson capitalized on the taboo nature of intersexuality and transsexuality without acknowledging the fact that the stigma associated with these conditions forces real people to the margins of society. These writers took two of the most maligned and misunderstood sexual minorities in existence, hollowed them out, and poured in their own non-intersex, cissexual biases, inclinations, and impressions. In a world where transsexual and intersex works of art never get the chance to be seen on HBO, or are not considered mainstream enough to be nominated for Emmys and Pulitzers, the facade presented in Normal and Middlesex profoundly shapes and solidifies a naive audience’s opinions about transsexuals and intersex people. By replacing gender-variant voices with their own, both Eugenides and Anderson ensure that real transsexual or intersex voices are not heard.