PETA offers to pay the water bills of Detroit families in exchange for a vow of going vegan.
The Culture of Poverty creates the opportunity for organizations like PETA to take advantage of people in desperate situations. It purports aiding impoverished communities but really it’s a distraction from the disastrous consequences of a corporate-driven society that’s widening the gaps of economic inequalities. So, no PETA, I don’t think you’re the help Detroit is looking for right now.
Kind of a slow week in this Token life of mine…but, I had to tell the devil of despair, in the words of Celie Johnson…
This week I reviewed After Dark…and discovered that I have a little bit of a literary crush on Mr. Murakami. I dig a man who can enchant me with cerebral literature.
I didn’t read much, or rather I didn’t complete any novels other than After Dark. I started A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Liking It!) and read a couple more chapters in The Education of Henry Adams (The insight, though!).
My favorite thing this week was the 39 Pieces of Advice on Brooklyn, I’ve pretty much had it opened all week as a source of encouragement. Love, love it! (I even used the pitching advice from Danielle Henderson, and it has helped tremendously!)
I also printed the ToMo speech on black artists and am hoping to have it memorized in times of worry and in times of need. (Also, fellow booktuber @OneSmallPaw introduced me to the above Toni Morrison abbreviation and let’s just say any opportunity I get to use it, I will.)
And that’s about it. Told you, slow week. I did feel like a writer this week, though, whatever that means. Writing, sending pitches, researching, sending pitches, re-writing, sending pitches, and hearing silence. Oh the joys of silent rejections. But alas, I will not be deterred.
Storytime for consenting adults…this is hilariously informative!
I had a problem with not reading very often until I bought my Kindle Paperwhite a few weeks ago. I’m completely obsessed with it and have torn through a handful of books in that time. It has reignited a love of reading for me and I hope to share that with y’all through this book club.
Yeah! I’m so looking forward to this!
Each year, the Cooperative Childrens Book Center studies how many childrens books were published in that year by or about African Americans….
This month TIA celebrates women writers of children’s literature. This article really puts into perspective why it’s important to know the authors who portray diverse characters even when the publishing industry falls short in representation.