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I think it’s so easy as a writer to get insecure. To start off with, we’re creative people in a confining world. We’re usually different in some way (who isn’t?), and many of us have had painful experiences or painful childhood. And there’s a lot of rejections in the world of writing, even after you’re published. Rejections for manuscripts, for blurbs for your books, the edits and re-edits of a manuscript even after acceptance for publication, and then the occasional painful negative reviews that don’t get your work. All part of the work and life of being a writer–but they can wear on us. And since we can put so much of ourselves into our work–I know I do–it’s hard not to have it affect your self-esteem.
I do have the added layer of being an abuse and torture survivor, and being taught to hang on to the negative. I’m trying hard to turn that around and hold on to the positive, but it’s hard for me to do. So when something like this happens–when a writer whose work I love and admire, who speaks out with a strong voice, says she admires me and thinks I’m a hero for what I write and how I reach people? It’s a huge gift, one that I hold close to me. Thank you Jennifer! (beaming)
I love Jennifer Brown’s books (Hate List, Bitter End, Perfect Escape, Thousand Words, Torn Away). They’ve got strong girl heroes who go through painful experiences and find hope. If you like my books, you will probably like Jennifer’s, and vice versa.
I believe that #YASaves. I know it does; I couldn’t have survived my child- and teenhood without the books I devoured, looking for something to tell me I wasn’t alone, wasn’t crazy, that things would get better–and I know it from the reader letters I get telling me that my books helped readers not kill themselves, talk to someone for the first time about their own pain, get help, stop cutting, feel like they can survive what they have to survive…. Hearing such from other people–readers and writers–is a gift of strength and love that I hold on to when things feel too hard. If you love someone–a friend, a writer, a parent–never hesitate to tell them. Words are powerful, and they can heal.
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Create Drama in Your Classroom or Library Reading the Readers Theater Script
for Grace Lin's Starry River of the Sky
The art of Readers Theater provides an inexpensive and compelling way to get kids reading! Readers Theater is similar to a radio play in that no costumes or props are required. Readers simply stand on stage--or in the front of the classroom!--and read their lines from a script, using their voices to dramatize the production.
The National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, recently presented a Children's Literary Lights Readers Theater presentation at the 2013 National Book Festival. Following the Festival, the NCBLA created a Readers Theater Education Resource Guide, as well as several scripts, for adults to share with the young people in their lives.
In Grace Lin's middle-grade novel Starry River of the Sky (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), the moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can't help but notice the village's peculiar inhabitants and their problems-where has the innkeeper's son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing? And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit? But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions.
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The Readers Theater script for Starry River of the Sky engages young people in the folktale "The Story of the Old Sage," one of many embedded in Lin's novel.
To print and share Lin's Readers Theater script for Starry River of the Sky, click here.
To learn more about Readers Theater and to print our Readers Theater Education Resource Guide, click here.
To learn more about Grace Lin and her books, visit her website: GraceLin.com.
Amazon Publishing has introduced a new German-language publishing program. Amazon Publishing’s European team will begin acquiring and publishing German-language fiction for both print and digital.
The imprint already has spring titles in the works including: Klang der Gezeiten (The Sound of the Tides), a work of fiction by Emily Bold; Bis alle Schuld beglichen (Until All Debts Are Cleared), a murder mystery by Alexander Hartung; as well as the romance novel New York für Anfängerinnen (New York for Beginners), by Susann Remke, FOCUS Magazine‘s New York Bureau Chief.
“We’ve been delighted with the reader response to the German translations released by Amazon Publishing, and are excited to have Publisher Sarah Tomashek and her team in Munich supporting our efforts to bring great works written in German to a wider audience,” stated Jorrit Van der Meulen, Vice President of Kindle, EU.
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Collaborators John LaFleur and Dave Metzger hope to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter for their children’s book, Eight Little Zombies. The funds will be used to cover the printing costs.
The inspiration for this project comes from the classic story and song, “Eight Little Monkeys.” We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:
“Our understanding is that it will take 4 to 5 weeks to receive the books (we’re printing domestically in the US, actually in Michigan.) If you’ve seen the high quality of the Lucy and the Anvil book that was done here on Kickstarter, we’re using the same printer and are very excited about their quality and boutique handling of customer service.”
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Crystal Chan debuted in January with Bird. I caught up with Crystal a few weeks ago and she was gracious enough to give me some time for an interview. While I hadn’t read Bird at the time of the interview, I have completed and reviewed it.
This summary appeared on Amazon.
Gr 4–6—Jewel never met her brother. On the day she was born, he tried to fly off a cliff and died. Her parents believe that Grandpa’s nickname for his grandson, Bird, caused a bad spirit, a duppy, to trick the boy into believing he could fly. Twelve years later, Grandpa has still not spoken a word and Jewel is fed up with her moody parents and unloving household. She meets a boy who calls himself John, her brother’s real name. They share their hopes and dreams and Jewel opens up about visiting the cliff to bury her worries as small stones. Grandpa thinks John is a duppy in disguise, come to cause more harm. Jewel is a multilayered, emotional character who struggles to come to terms with her family’s issues. The mixture of superstition and science creates a wonderful juxtaposition in this powerful story about loss and moving on.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
Your website tells me that you enjoy public speaking, performing and writing. What are your passions? What do you enjoy sharing with audiences?
I have a lot of passions – for starters, I have a pet turtle, and I love biking around Chicago, especially in the winter (though this winter was too snowy for biking). I also love flower arranging, origami, and I just got into calligraphy. Oh! And I love overhauling my bike – taking it all apart, piece by piece, cleaning it, then putting it back together.
With audiences, I love sharing stories, plain and simple – stories about how Bird came to be, stories about growing up mixed race, stories about life and the lessons it holds. Every time I speak to an audience, large or small, I consider it a success when there’s that moment in my presentation when everyone’s focused on the same image, we’re all breathing in that same breath, we’re all as present as present can get. With books, the sharing of a story is one-on-one: your book and the reader. With audiences, storytelling takes on a collective experience. I love them both.
I did a lot of digging on your website! It opens with the quote “imagine beyond boundaries”. What boundaries or limits do you work to overcome?
Growing up as a mixed-race kid in Wisconsin in the 80’s, there were a lot of boundaries. Take, for instance, on application forms there would inevitably be that section that said Your race: check ONE box – and then I’d have to choose what race I was in that moment: Chinese or White. I couldn’t check both, which was the only truth. So I had to choose one and deny a large part of myself in the process. And that’s just a form, a piece of paper. In person, I’d get the What are you? question a lot – why am I a what when everyone else is a who? Why does it matter? Limits like that.
Obviously, these kinds of limits hinder us from being fully ourselves, from being as dynamic of a society as we can be. The problem with these racial boxes and labels lies first not in laws or “–isms” but in imagination. Case in point: we have a mixed-race president who we say is Black. (shaking head) It’s just so hard for us to imagine beyond these boundaries, these labels of ours. I encourage people to continue to stretch their imagination, because if you can’t envision it, you can’t build it. So I wrote about two kids – one who’s multi-racial, the other a transracial adoptee – who don’t fit into boxes, and to hopefully continue that dialogue.
What are some of the things you’ve experienced as a debut author that you weren’t quite expecting?
(laughing) There’s been a lot! First of all, I got my agent pretty quickly – in a couple weeks’ time, which is very short in the publishing world. More importantly, I honestly wasn’t expecting that anyone would care about what I wrote; when I was writing the draft, I was purely writing for myself. I thought Bird was too dark, too different for publication. There were no vampires. On a deeper level, no one understood me growing up mixed-race – that word mixed race didn’t even exist for me back then, there was no vocabulary to describe someone like me – so why would anyone connect with my story? I’m actually still surprised that Bird has sold in eight countries and that my isolated experiences are translating into a universal experience. That’s pretty trippy.
What can you tell us about Jewel, the protagonist in Bird?
Jewel’s this smart, passionate, curious kid who’s just not seen for who she is. Her mom wants her to be a (secular) teacher, her Dad tries to feed her his Jamaican belief system, and all the while they don’t understand her passion for geology, her spirituality – and nor does she feel comfortable sharing with them her experiences at the cliff where her brother died. It’s like she’s a giant and her parents are trying to shove her into a small Tupperware container. She’s ripe for bursting out – and her meeting of John sets everything in motion.
Was she easy to write?
Sure was. Her voice popped in my head and she started prattling away. My job was to dictate.
What superhuman qualities do you wish you possessed?
(laughing) Oooh, good question! The superhuman quality that I’ve pined for for years has been what I call the Delivery Man Superpower. That’s where you see a delivery man with, oh, say, pizza in his arms, ready to go to someone’s house, and you go up to him and say, “I think that’s for me,” and he says, “Okay,” and just hands it over. Thai food, sandwiches, ribs, you name it – all you have to do is suggest to the delivery man that it’s for you, and it’s yours. I’ve seriously thought about this for years.
What process do you use to get to know your characters?
I let them roam around a little for the first couple chapters, just let them do what they want. After that, I start a separate document and create a character profile: what this person’s wants, fears, secrets, etc, are. Usually whatever profile I make, they go off the charts, anyway, so it’s a loose guide.
Have you hidden any special details or symbols in BIRD that readers should pay attention to? (It’s OK if you didn’t; I can just drop this question.)
I really like how it turned out where Jewel’s main natural element is the earth while John’s element is the sky. Grandpa has his element, too, but you’ll have to read the book to find that out. J
What are some of the things we can look forward to from Crystal Chan?
I’m working on a YA novel now that is different. Quite different. But I think that whatever I write is going to have layers of emotion. I like that, delving into the muck of the heart, seeing what’s down there, what can be brought to light.
What does diversity mean to you?
I don’t know. I don’t really like that word – it conjures up images of everyone of different colors holding hands and singing. Diversity is hard work, plain and simple, and it means giving up a bit of your defined world (your boundaries!) to be able to let others in, to see the “other” as just as human as you are. I’ve been in “diversity groups” where people are different races, yes, but they’re all of the exact same political leaning and religious bent, they all have the same hobbies and interests. I’m not sure that’s diverse, I’m not sure that diversity is going to get us where we want to go. Personally, I think the word is too small, or at least how we’re thinking about it is too small. Again, this is where imagination comes into play. Just the fact that you’re asking this question (and I’m glad you are) raises the fact that there are many, many different ways to even define the word, and that people who use this same word can be actually meaning different things.
What makes you shine? What do you do that you feel is vital and gives you energy? What delights you?
I live in Chicago and am literally across the street from Lake Michigan. I spend a lot of time out there – summer, winter, it doesn’t matter – and I get a lot of juice doing that. Also, I meditate/pray on a regular basis, which helps give me my grounding. I love being spontaneous with my friends – last winter I went out and made snow angels with a girl friend of mine, and then later a couple of us played pirates on the playground. It was totally awesome and liberating to break out of the “adult” box. (those boxes again!) In general, there’s obviously a lot of output as a writer, so I have to be careful that I’m putting enough gas in the tank, so to say. There have been times when I’ve needed to scale back on the writing/marketing of it all and just really make sure that my heart and inner life are well nourished – for writing is simply your inner life unfolded onto paper. That’s really all it is.
Crystal, it is a pleasure getting to know you. Wishing you much success!
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Guess the PlotBreathless
1. Professor Corelli's bad breath is getting increasingly worse. He refuses breath mints and won't open any windows because it's cold out. Will he drink the coffee on his desk with magic potion No. 37 in it (the bad breath one) before he loses his favorite students?
2. He ran all day. He ran all night. He chased over hill and over dale, and sought the object of his heart's desire. And when Sam finally caught that juicy squirrel, he was . . . Breathless.
3. When the body of marathon runner Brian McGahey is found smoldering on the horse trail in Griffith Park, homicide detective Zack Martinez knows two things. One, McGahey didn't rip out his own lungs, blood-eagle style; and two, it's gonna be a smoggy, miserable week in LA.
4. Running has been the only joy in Amy Smith’s life. But when the local 5K turns into a zombie run (something about a virus released by the disgruntled 2nd-place runner at last year’s event) she has no time to catch a breath between trying to escape the dead, not run into her ex and overcome the most untimely and painful ankle sprain. Is there a happy ending at the finish line or the sloppy embrace of a zombie?
5. Shannon is trying to get back to the old homestead ranch of her childhood, a place so beautiful it leaves her breathless. But it's a long journey across a poisoned landscape of mutant fauna and predaceous flora, of psychokinetic hunters and sand demons. Maybe she'd a been better off stayin' in the big city.Original Version
Dear Evil Editor:
Of all the scars we bear, it is the one within that truly mars us. [Instead of putting that at the beginning of the query, put it at the beginning of the novel and attribute it to some famous personage like Virginia Woolf or Rudyard Kipling. No one will check to see if it's an actual quote, and whereas I need read only the paragraph below to determine that the statement has nothing to do with the plot, readers of the book will have to trudge through 450 pages to prove your statement is irrelevant and meaningless.]
The pagan Shannon Farwell, last of the eccentric Druids of Cold Fire, and dying from the affliction overtaking her planet, rides on a final journey to the pagan city of Truth. In her travels, she encounters Marithane, on the run from her [former]
captors, the Magi, the race of psychokinetics who govern Shannon’s world. For Marithane bears a Shard of the Heartwood, an object some Magi would murder for in the promise of the god-like power it harbors. [I think I know how this goes. She gives the Magi the Shard of the Heartwood as a gift, and they're so grateful they gift her the Glue of Elmer, not realizing it's needed to stick the Shard back onto the Heartwood.] [Also, no reason for that sentence to start with "For."]
Together, Shannon and Marithane embark on an odyssey across a poisoned landscape of mutant fauna and predaceous flora, [Shannon was already on a final journey; does this odyssey have a different destination than her journey?]
of pagan skeptics and Magi zealots, in hope of uniting a people on the brink of extinction [The only people described as on the brink of extinction are the eccentric Druids of Cold Fire, and as Shannon is the last of them, there are none to unite her with.]
and restoring Marithane to her own world. [Is her world on a different planet? Can't she use the god-like powers of the Shard of the Heartwood to return to her world?]
Shannon will face her truest fears, however, as they come at last to the homestead ranch of her childhood—where demons of her past lurk beneath the sand, waiting for her to draw her final breath. [The sentences in that paragraph average over 31 words in length. Break up a few of them.] ["Demons of her past" sounds metaphorical, but "waiting for her to draw her last breath" sounds like they're actual demons. Then again, Shannon's dying of some affliction and a bunch of demons wait under the sand instead of crushing the last breath from her body? Real demons aren't that patient.]
At 115K words, Breathless tells a science fiction story of friendship, faith, and the song we sing at the end of all things. [This is fantasy, not science fiction.]
Thank you for your consideration.Notes
Start over. When you introduce Shannon, tell us why she's going to Truth. Get rid of "last of the eccentric Druids of Cold Fire," as we don't know what that means. When you introduce Marithane, tell us why she's desperately hanging onto the Shard. If she wants its god-like power, why? If she just wants to keep the Magi from getting it, why?
Why do Shannon and Marithane team up? S is trying to get to the city of Truth and apparently to unite a people on the brink of extinction. (What
people?) M is trying to get to her home world. What goal do they have in common? I can see an "I'll help you with the psychokinetics if you'll help me with the demons" arrangement, but you've told us nothing about them that suggests they aren't hopelessly outmatched by either group. They need to do something besides flee. Do they have a plan?
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Some sheep like perfecting "the jumping".
You know.. getting ready for people's dreams. ;o)
This is my sketch for this week's #Twoodle using the words
Sheep and Jump.
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I'm giving away a couple ARCs of DROWNED, so you can read it way before it comes out on 6/24. All you have to do is comment here (comments will be hidden).
I'll pick the winners after 3/17/14. Good luck!
Coe is one of the few remaining teenagers on the island of Tides. Deformed and weak, she is constantly reminded that in a world where dry land dwindles at every high tide, she is not welcome. The only bright spot in her harsh and difficult life is the strong, capable Tiam—but love has long ago been forgotten by her society. The only priority is survival.
Until the day their King falls ill, leaving no male heir to take his place. Unrest grows, and for reasons Coe cannot comprehend, she is invited into the privileged circle of royal aides. She soon learns that the dying royal is keeping a secret that will change their world forever.
Is there an escape from the horrific nightmare that their island home has become? Coe must race to find the answers and save the people she cares about, before their world and everything they know is lost to the waters.
SLJ’s Battle of the Books is underway, and let me just say how glad I am that the judges are being (relatively) tough.
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Left: National Gallery of Art curator James Meyer with art historian Huey Copeland at a party for the University of Chicago Press. Right: Art historians Richard Meyer and Andrew Uroskie at a party for the University of Chicago Press.
Recently at Artforum, Chicago-based critic Jason Foumberg assessed the state of the art (world)—at least the academic art world, as manifested in the most recent annual meeting of the College Art Association. Pivoting on the panel discussion “Identity Politics: Then and Now,” Foumberg noted:
CAA accommodates an extraordinarily diverse offering of topics, from medieval to new media art, but everyone agrees on one thing: We must learn from the past. The recent past of identity politics provided a brilliant example, with Gregg Bordowitz at the helm of the evolving revolution. “Stop trying to be radical. Stop privileging ‘radicality’ as a term. The radicals do it out of necessity. What is your necessity?” Bordowitz rhetorically asked the audience.
A surprise addition to the account was the inclusion of several snapshots from UCP’s wine reception (see above), catching authors Huey Copeland and Andrew Uroskie in the act of non-radically taking a breather from the din of all that ruckus, celebrating their respective publications Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America and Between the Black Box and the White Cube: Expanded Cinema and Postwar Art.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, one of the world’s most beloved children’s books, has inspired two projects at Bluewater Productions.
The first, an original fiction series called “Queen of Hearts,” stars Wonderland’s infamous monarch. According to the press release, the story in these comics will explore the history “behind one of the most memorable villains in all literature.”
The second, a comic called “Tribute: Lewis Carroll – Author of Alice in Wonderland,” features the life story of the author himself. The publishing house enlisted Michael L. Frizell to write this biography and Mark Stroud to create the art.
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I don't think it will come as a shock to regular readers of this blog that the short fiction categories are my favorites on the Hugo ballot, to the extent that I attach to them an importance that is probably completely out of proportion to how most of the voting base thinks of them. Yes, I know, the best novel category is the only one most people (and especially anyone outside of fandom, or even
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Benny and Rafi Fine, the creators of TheFineBros YouTube channel, taped an episode of “Teens React” featuring The Fault in Our Stars movie trailer (embedded above).
During the question time segment, young adult novelist John Green made a surprise appearance via video chat. During his conversation with one of the teens, Green revealed that he has seen the film in its entirety and he feels it is a faithful adaptation. What do you think?
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If we were having coffee... I'd tell you I miss blogging. The once-a-week posting is getting old (and I'm sure it is for you too), but I'm just SO busy. If you look at my calendar for March, I have something going on almost every single day and that just doesn't leave a whole lot of room for sitting down and typing out book reviews. Or reading books for that matter. I'm just behind on everything. It's slightly overwhelming, but getting out at night is nice!
If we were having coffee... I'd tell you that Elliott has started calling me "mommy" which is super adorable. I realize this is a normal thing for kids, but I've always been "mama" and just one day he started calling me mommy. Totally caught me off-guard and still gets a smile out of me several times a day.
I don't even have a recent picture of him for this post. That's how behind I am.
If we were having coffee... I'd tell you all about my hatred of winter. I used to LOVE winter. Fall and winter were always my favorite seasons growing up in snowy Upstate NY, but as I've grown older, I realize that my moods are definitely associated with the seasons and I need sunshine. I may hate the humidity of summer, but the days staying lighter longer and more sunshine than clouds definitely helps keep me in my usual cheerful form. It's supposed to be 70 today and high 20's tomorrow, so really, March can just go away.
If we were having coffee... I'd gush over the brilliance that was True Detective. I think that's the best television I've ever seen. It was like watching a fantastic 8-hour movie. The acting was great, the plot was CRAZY, and the unique format kept me hooked. Whole new cast next season. So cool.
If we were having coffee... I'd probably talk about my fear of this Dave Ramsey Financial Peace class we're starting next week. It's going to be intense. Anyone else take it?
Here's to more reviews later in the week, I hope!
At Chemers Gallery, it's all about the art, but we bet you didn't realize that we consider the framing to be a part of that! Custom framing is an art form in itself, and we strive to create just the right tone to fit not only your artwork but your life as well.Shell
We love it when new mouldings are introduced - our imagination runs wild with the sheer scale of possibilities that open up. Over the years we've seen trends come and go and return once again. We've also seen some crazy ideas that just might work. (Remember when we brought badass to the OC??)
We're always searching for the latest and greatest trends to share with you, and we were shell-shocked
with how gorgeous this one is! That's right, a veneer of mother-of-pearl shell creates soft translucence in three finishes and sizes. Available in shimmery white, champagne gold and, well, think of a glistening sea urchin for the third color! You'll just have to see what we're talking about in person. Perfectly elegant for bridal portraits and vanity mirrors and absolutely adorable for baby snaps, these frames are sure to make a splash.Tortoise Shell
Speaking of shell, faux tortoise shell is back and better than ever! Frames like these haven't been available for about a decade, and we're thrilled to see their return. Elegant
, they make us think of manor homes, men's smoking rooms and natural history museums. Thoroughly suited for antique prints including botanical and Audubon style, the depth of color lends a richness to the presentation and elevates your art to the next level. Rustic
What's old is new again - the "reclaimed" wood look has been reclaimed
in today's shapes and colors! Rustic with a modern twist, these beautifully textured mouldings look like they've led former lives as wine barrels, barn siding, and factory flooring. Clean lines fit in with the current feel for simple shape and form. We can see these frames on folk art and seascapes, giving a real period look to the finished product.Acrylic
We've seen color remaining strong despite a 10 year hiatus, and there are some vibrantly
playful frames keeping pace! New on the scene are acrylic mouldings that can be easily personalized in more than 80 colors to exactly fit your style. Choose a glossy or frosted finish in single, double and now, even triple color - patterned frames are also available! Vivid hues provide a real pop of personality. The possibilities are endless to turn your treasures into a work of art that's as unique as you are.
We continue on with our color trends
to an unlikely material for picture framing - painted welded steel! Cool and modern with an industrial edge
, these new frames are surprisingly versatile, fit for anything from movie posters and abstracts to the more traditional "slice of life" and even plein air. Scrubbed & sanded antiquing keeps the look from being too finished. Available in as many color combinations as you can imagine, we dare you to try this look out!
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One of the landmark early stop-motion films was called "The Tale of the Fox" (Le Roman de Renard) by Ladislas Starevitch, a Russian immigrant of Polish descent, living in France after the Soviet revolution. This teaser gives a sampling of the style of animation (note the lioness breathing at 1:57). The technique uses posable animal puppets in elaborately constructed sets, shot on film one frame at a time, with no ability to review footage until it was processed.
The feature-length film is usually listed with three different release dates: 1930, 1937, and 1941. This is because various versions of the soundtrack were added and changed during the thirties. By the time the full fledged version was available in wartime, its reception was overwhelmed by events in Europe. The film took ten years to make, and was mostly created by Starevitch and his wife.
The basic animation was completed three years before King Kong and seven years before Disney's Snow White, which often gets wrongly credited as the first animated feature. According to Steven Cavalier in The World History of Animation, it was “more fluid than the more celebrated King Kong released three years later."
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Here's the first part of the full feature on YouTube. The stop motion puppets are beautifully constructed. I presume they used fur and fabric and latex skins over what must be fairly sophisticated metal—and some real bone—armatures. I'm struck by the skillful timing and personality of the character animation, considering that there was little precedent for such artistry at the time.
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(Part 3 of 6) Don't miss the "angel rabbits" at 1:22.
By Ellen Oh
for Cynthia Leitich Smith
Recently I have been talking with several other women authors about how hard it is to be a female writer. Many stressed how ironic it was given the fact that there are more women in publishing, more women writers, and more women readers.
But why, many asked, does it feel like women authors are never treated at the same level as male writers?
This unleashed a huge firestorm of discussion where authors brought up numerous examples of sexism that they have encountered not only from men, but from other women. And this is what I want to focus on.
Why are women so hard on each other? Why do we criticize women authors and women characters so much? We can't be too strong. We can't be too weak. We can't be too girly. We can't be too tomboyish. So much criticism.
I think it is because we all have some level of internalized sexism that doesn't allow us to look objectively at other females. Before you rail against me that you are a proud feminist, let me explain.
I'm not criticizing you, I'm criticizing our society. We live in a world that bombards us with images and rhetoric of how women need to constantly improve. Feminist empowerment articles can be found in the pages of our magazines that are covered with photoshopped pictures of beautiful, unrealistically figured women and posts about how to catch and keep your man.
Take a look at this fantastic Pantene commercial:
Yes, I understand the irony of a commercial that uses feminist messages to push a beauty product. But the message of the commercial is so true. We are always labeled by the society we live in. Nothing we do can be as good as what a man does. But what is internalized sexism?Cultural Bridges to Justice
defines it as the "belief by girls and women that the lies, stereotypes and myths about girls and women that are delivered to everyone in a sexist society are true. Girls and women...hear that women are stupid, weak, passive, manipulative, with no capacity for intellectual pursuits or leadership. ...are taught to act out the lies and stereotypes, doubting themselves and other females...
What happens when we have internalized sexism is that we are more critical of other women than men. We have accepted the belief that society has pressed upon us that women are not as good, smart, capable, and strong as men, and we vilify those who step out of line." Penny Rosenwasser
, author and feminist, calls this a type of self-loathing. She says "Internalized oppression is an involuntary reaction to oppression which originates outside one's group and which results in group members loathing themselves, disliking others in their group, and blaming themselves for their oppression - rather than realizing that these beliefs are constructed in them by oppressive socio-economic political systems."
I don't know if I would go that far. After all, "self-loathing" is a strong term. But I think it is time for all women to take a good hard look at ourselves. No matter how feminist you are, you've internalized some sexism.
How could you not? It has been brainwashed into our heads since we were children. Our mainstream media consistently produces sexist and stereotypical portrayals of women.
A 2012 study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center
"analyzed 855 top 30 box-office films from 1950 to 2006...women have been consistently underrepresented as main characters for at least six decades." Bleakley, the author of the paper states that "Movie-going youth...repeatedly exposed to portrayals of women as sexual and men as violent, may internalize these portrayals."
The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
researchers have found that "gender stereotyping is an inherent problem in today's entertainment landscape, and children are the most vulnerable recipients of depictions that send the message that girls are less valuable and capable than boys. ...female characters who are lucky enough to garner speaking roles tend to be highly stereotyped."
And this leads me back to my original point. Why are women so much harder on other women? Why are we so hard on female characters?
We need to understand that how we portray women in literature and film and television is a reflection of our role in society. The more we provide diversity of characters in these mediums, the more we show a fair view of who we are in the world. Because women come in all shapes, all sizes, all types, all races, all religious backgrounds, and a vast diversity of personalities.
We must recognize how society has played a part to keep us down. To brainwash us against one another. To find acceptable only one type of women over others.
So I challenge all women to recognize their own inherent sexism and to face it head on and step beyond it. For we can never be truly treated as equals if we don't take that first step within ourselves.
By: Thomas Scott McKenzie,
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Other times, we write poor lines because we have to, because even though they may sound off or awkward, they are, technically, accurate. Such is the case with this Scientific American article republished on Salon.com.
The article states several times that systems didn’t fail air traffic control and oversight in the case of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 because ” the plane’s location was known before it disappeared.” No criticism for the writer because that is undeniably true.
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