Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska Challenged

fishingboatproceeds:

Earlier today I received an email from a high school English teacher in Strasburg, Colorado who plans to teach an elective Young Adult literature course. A group of parents created a petition to “cleanse” the book list, claiming that the majority of the books on the curriculum, “are profane, pornographic, violent, criminal, crass, crude, vile, and will result in the irreparable erosion of my students’ moral character.”

Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska have been targeted in particular, and the press attended the most recent school board meeting. The motion has been tabled for the next meeting at 7:00 pm on April 16th at Strasburg High School: 56729 e. Colorado Ave, Strasburg, CO 80136.

Please join me in emailing letters of support of the teacher at Strasburg who has heroically stood by her curriculum and stood alone at School Board meetings defending the books. It’s important to keep your letter as civil as possible, even if this kind of thing turns you into a giant squid of anger.

Letters should be addressed "To the School Board" and emailed to StrasburgYALiteratureCourse@gmail.com. It would also be a great help to attend the next School Board meeting if you live in the area.

I am extremely grateful to those who have come out in support of my books on the various occasions they have been challenged, who understand that I am not out to corrupt teenagers, and who further understand the importance of reading books critically and thoughtfully as a whole, rather than focusing on individual scenes ripped from their context. Thanks for supporting my books, and thanks for being awesome.

Full proposed curriculum below the jump.

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Please join me in the fight!

steve-spaghetti:

renirabbit:

pizzalecki:

pkmnbreederbrianna:

togamijail:

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im-sherlocked-in-my-mindpalace:

socially-awkward-supervillian:

Fun fact: Cheetahs only attack prey that runs

jesus that is good to know.

Yup, that’s the point you just stay still and let it do whatever the fuck it wants that doesn’t involved you getting eaten. 

REALLY FUN FACT for big cats cheetahs are fucking docile as shit
my grandfather ran a cheetah sanctuary in south africa and he’d just lie with them and sleep among them and they’d rub against him and chirp at him they’re big fucking babies

Another Fun Fact: Cheetahs are incredibly nervous animals. One of the (many) reason’s they’re going extinct is that cheetahs are so sensitive and nervous, some of them are literally too nervous to breed. Others will breed, but stress themselves out so much, they’ll lose their cubs. So zoos with breeding programs had to figure out how to make cheetahs comfortable enough to first of all, get laid and secondly - not spazz themselves into miscarrying.So what’d they do? They gave the cheetah’s their very own Service Dogs!The dogs make them feel safe, protected and secure!

AJHHHHFDDGHH SO PRECIOUS

this post just got so much better

THIS IS OFFICIALLY MY FAVOURITE POST

steve-spaghetti:

renirabbit:

pizzalecki:

pkmnbreederbrianna:

togamijail:

chandra75:

im-sherlocked-in-my-mindpalace:

socially-awkward-supervillian:

Fun fact: Cheetahs only attack prey that runs

jesus that is good to know.

Yup, that’s the point you just stay still and let it do whatever the fuck it wants that doesn’t involved you getting eaten. 

REALLY FUN FACT for big cats cheetahs are fucking docile as shit

my grandfather ran a cheetah sanctuary in south africa and he’d just lie with them and sleep among them and they’d rub against him and chirp at him they’re big fucking babies

Another Fun Fact: Cheetahs are incredibly nervous animals. One of the (many) reason’s they’re going extinct is that cheetahs are so sensitive and nervous, some of them are literally too nervous to breed. Others will breed, but stress themselves out so much, they’ll lose their cubs.

So zoos with breeding programs had to figure out how to make cheetahs comfortable enough to first of all, get laid and secondly - not spazz themselves into miscarrying.

So what’d they do?
They gave the cheetah’s their very own Service Dogs!


The dogs make them feel safe, protected and secure!

AJHHHHFDDGHH SO PRECIOUS

this post just got so much better

THIS IS OFFICIALLY MY FAVOURITE POST

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Ron Weasley’s character is consciously written as somewhat racist. Not as racist as Malfoy, of course - he doesn’t scoff at mudbloods and halfbloods, and he doesn’t see himself as superior at all. Still, he unquestionably accepts the inferior position of house elves (they love serving), when he finds out that Lupin’s werewolf his reaction is not only scared but also disgusted (Don’t touch me!) and he is clearly very uncomfortable finding out that Hagrid is half-giant (giants are wild and savage).
And this is brilliant. Because it demonstrates that racism isn’t only present in clearly malicious and evil people, in the Malfoys and Blacks - it’s also there in warm, kind, funny people who just happened to learn some pretty toxic things growing up in a pretty toxic society. And they can unlearn them too, with some time and effort. Ron eventually accepts Hagrid’s parentage, lets Lupin bandage his leg and in the final battle, he worries about the safety of the house elves.
Some people are prejudiced because they are evil, and some people are prejudiced because they don’t know better yet. And those people can learn better, and become better people. And that’s an important lesson. The lesson taught about discrimination shouldn’t be “only evil people do it”, because then all readers will assume it doesn’t apply to them. Instead old JK teaches us “you too are probably doing it, and you should stop ASAP”.

Pretty much.

Pretty much.

(Source: gofurther)

Love’s on the Table. (NaPoWriMo #15)

The table was lopsided, one leg
broken from devouring
each other in the afternoon. A red
cloth checked with food stains
like a Bible of every family meal
covered a tattered, tired wood finish.
We are never finished. It is our
table — Don’t take love off it
yet.

How Love? (NaPoWriMo #14)

Say whores are angels.
If we don’t, then who will? If
unloved, then how love?

Questions (NaPoWriMo #13)

Does God cry the way
angels do? Is it lonely
seeing suffering?

Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove” Review (No Spoliers)

Netflix’s own “Hemlock Grove” recently appeared on my instant screen. I watched the entire series in two days (as binge watchers tend to do) and I have some things to say about it.

Overall, it wasn’t the worst show I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen pretty many. However, I feel the hype caused by its stablemate “House of Cards” made “Hemlock” a bit of a letdown.

The show itself centers around two teenage boys, Peter and Roman, both of which are mixed up in the supernatural in the town of Hemlock Grove. Peter, a gypsy and new to town, is treated poorly because of his gypsy-ness. Roman, on the other hand, is an outcast because his now-deceased father owned the intensely profitable Godfrey Institute, where watchers are lead to believe crazy shit goes on with medical research. When crazy murders start happening in town, fingers point to Peter, so he and his rich buddy go on their own little hunt to find the real killer.

Some minor characters include: two annoying twins who are also the local sheriff’s daughters; their whiny ‘shy’ friend who never talks about anything except being a writer; Roman’s cousin, Letha, who thinks she’s been impregnated by an angel; Roman’s sister, Shelly, who is huge, can’t speak, has a deformed eye, and can’t speak; and Peter’s psychic-with-a-happy-ending-but-actually-a-psychic cousin, aptly-named Destiny.

Overall, I enjoyed the show. The acting wasn’t too horrible, the cinematography was beautiful, special effects weren’t the worst, and I’m honestly going to watch the second season if it ever comes out.

What I didn’t like about the show:

1.      The plot moved as slow as a drunken snail, and was very unclear most of the time. The writers obviously tried to throw out tantalizing hints for future reveals, but it seemed at times that they forgot what they had hinted at or just didn’t feel like telling us.

2.      The romances were glossed over, with no blend from a distant attraction to throwing out the ‘L’ word and screaming dramatically as one risked their life for the other.

3.      Though the killer’s identity reveal was delicious and not too obvious, the reason behind the actual killing was as tasty as toilet water. It seemed weak and underdeveloped.

4.      It’s stated that one of the characters died and was brought back to life by Godfrey’s freaky doctors… but the how or why is never returned brought up or explored.

5.      The ending? Atrocious. It is not only rushed, horrible, and unrealistic, but there is never any real closure or build up. I would compare it to J.K. Rowling putting the epilogue to the last Potter novel at the end of the first book, without any promise of sequels.

 

Honestly, it’s an addicting show. However, I think Netflix needs to get better writers who can properly develop a story line with as much backstory, supernatural information, and plot lines as “Hemlock Grove.” Hopefully they’ll take more care with season 2, if we get one.

The Hive (NaPoWriMo #12)

Ugly yellow walls
box in desks and red
chairs, carpet, centered
around a table —
business as usual. Story ideas pinned between
phone numbers and would-be memes,
inside office jokes.
The News board has drawings of
food while back issues grow stale
on the shelves.

My Notebooks Are (NaPoWriMo #11)

filled with stars and
hearts, half drawn
houses, recipes for winter
and boredom, poems
about love and lists
made from wishes.