Book Two covers the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington. This series should be required reading for public school. The graphic novel format is pBook Two covers the Freedom Rides and the March on Washington. This series should be required reading for public school. The graphic novel format is perfect for showing the violence against and opposition to the Civil Rights movement-every "krak!" and "pow!" and explosion is important to see and feel. The history is written into bodies and should be retold with bodies in mind. This learning experience should be visceral.
Barack Obama's inauguration is also interwoven through, which is a strong contrast to the segregated buses and lunchcounters, but then again there's this: "To those who have said, 'Be patient and wait, we have long said that we CANNOT be patient. We do NOT want our freedom gradually, but we want to be FREE NOW. We are tired. We are tired of being beaten by policemen. We are tired of seeing our people locked up in jail over and over again." And that feels like today. ...more
Sometimes I want to gawk at the superrich just to see if they really are as dreadful as they seem (dedicated RHOHY and RHOBH watcher). It's purely toSometimes I want to gawk at the superrich just to see if they really are as dreadful as they seem (dedicated RHOHY and RHOBH watcher). It's purely to make myself feel superior and have the moral upper hand if I have to have burdensome debt and minimal luxury. I started off HATING, HATING, HATING this woman, Wednesday Martin, pseudo-anthropologist, who so cavalierly describes her ridiculous, opulent lifestyle, even in contrast to her worse offender subjects. How does anyone justify paying $10,000 + for a purse?? She is smart and aware of other options (really, there are no other "good" places to raise children in NYC?), yet chooses to participate in the vile, wasteful 1% society. The financial breakdown of an average UES wive's maintenance is maddening! Also very irksome is the use of "mommy and mommies" to describe the mothers in this book. GROSS. But then...her and their humanity creeps in with a very real and painful section on child loss and the subsequent analysis that follows. There is a bit of redemption in that (I'm a member of that club and I appreciate her talking so openly about it) and also a bit in the take down of nuclear family childrearing a la All Joy and No Fun. Final verdict is 2 stars, thankful for my library privileges. ...more
I have chronic fatigue (as I sit drinking my third cup of coffee that is not touching my urge to nap for 4 hours) but not Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. II have chronic fatigue (as I sit drinking my third cup of coffee that is not touching my urge to nap for 4 hours) but not Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was hoping for some tips to improve energy and this was official-looking at the library. The premise is promising, with both a medical or a nutritional plan to choose from, each coupled with psychological component. The red flags start to pop up with vaccinations being a trigger, superfluous use of the meaningless word "toxins" and a bunch of supplement recommendations. Here's one example: " Then, one day, after your newly healthy body has cleared the path of toxins, the viruses have been sorted out and the flow of energy is now reaching your cells, thanks to a healthy gut and circulatory system, you should wake up with more vitality than you ever dreamed possible." Some advice is reasonable, particularly the diet and CBT parts, but the rest is just dubious. And with the timeframe of months to years on the regimen for improvement, who's to say the recovery has anything to do with the program. Not recommended....more
I laughed out loud in public reading this. Allie Brosh is so good at translating her thoughts into words. She describes familiar feelings that I couldI laughed out loud in public reading this. Allie Brosh is so good at translating her thoughts into words. She describes familiar feelings that I couldn't quite articulate with sharp humor and surprisingly accurate Paintbrush graphics - look at the dogs, she has a good sense of body and movement....more