Who’s excited for our Helen Oyeyemi party on March 7th?
Obviously I am! Join us if you can, and either way read this book.
"It’s several servings of face."
Why let your bones limit what your face can be?? Also, infinity snake poop reference FTW.
Image Caption: "A Frenchwoman, Jeanne de Clisson, became a pirate in the 1300’s to revenge her husbands death, who was beheaded for treason. She sold her family’s land to buy 3 ships and painted them black with red sails. for the next 13 years, she went on a pirating binge, targeting King Philip VI’s ships and personally beheaded the French Noblemen she captured with an axe.”
Another day, another kick ass woman from history who is sadly lacking her own movie franchise.
but nah, women never did anything interesting or exciting in the Old Days
There can never be enough stories about lady pirates! Different era, but this reminds me of CINNAMON AND GUNPOWDER and its kick ass female pirate heroine.
so tightly wrapped we never see our spools.
We saw them, clear as skeletons, that time.
What’s wrong? What’s right? To live was right. To know
that you could take the heart and eat it raw.
|—||Beth Ann Fennelly “Madame L. Describes the Siege of Paris” (x)|
For those of you who criticize Janelle’s signature monochromatic look.
From her speech on “Black Girls Rock”:
“When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.
This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.
Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” - Janelle Monáe
Eleanor Ross Taylor
(and epigraph to Helen Oyeyemi’s magical BOY, SNOW, BIRD)
I just love Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries so much. It’s basically all about Phryne and Dot being A+ crime solving ladies while their loser boyfriends try to keep up. And Dot gets described as Phryne’s right hand, her Rock of Gibraltar, while Hugh gets praised for his “constabulary charm”.
And then Phryne and Jack sing the 1920s version of The Bad Touch, “let’s do it like the animals on the Discovery Channel.”
About sums it up.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is on Netflix (US) now - NO MORE EXCUSES!!
The English “please” is short for “if you please,” “if it pleases you to do this” — it is the same in most European languages (French si il vous plait, Spanish por favor). Its literal meaning is “you are under no obligation to do this.” “Hand me the salt. Not that I am saying that you have to!” This is not true; there is a social obligation, and it would be almost impossible not to comply. But etiquette largely consists of the exchange of polite fictions (to use less polite language, lies). When you ask someone to pass the salt, you are also giving them an order; by attaching the word “please,” you are saying that it is not an order. But, in fact, it is.
In English, “thank you” derives from “think,” it originally meant, “I will remember what you did for me” — which is usually not true either — but in other languages (the Portuguese obrigado is a good example) the standard term follows the form of the English “much obliged” — it actually does mean “I am in your debt.” The French merci is even more graphic: it derives from “mercy,” as in begging for mercy; by saying it you are symbolically placing yourself in your benefactor’s power — since a debtor is, after all, a criminal. Saying “you’re welcome,” or “it’s nothing” (French de rien, Spanish de nada) — the latter has at least the advantage of often being literally true — is a way of reassuring the one to whom one has passed the salt that you are not actually inscribing a debit in your imaginary moral account book. So is saying “my pleasure” — you are saying, “No, actually, it’s a credit, not a debit — you did me a favor because in asking me to pass the salt, you gave me the opportunity to do something I found rewarding in itself!