Why Children’s Books Matter

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boundandgaggedbooks:

I wrote this on my personal blog, but, while I’m not aware of Animorphs being banned (though it would not surprise me), this seemed to fit with many of the things I have said on this blog, as children’s books and YA are so frequently banned, often because adults do not think kids can handle mature or complex themes.

Originally posted on salt and iron:

This is me and a friend with K. A. Applegate, author of the Animorphs series. Animorphs, Harry Potter, the Julie of the Wolves books, and Harriet the Spy are what made me want to be a writer. So, when K. A. Applegate was scheduled to appear at my local bookstore, my friend and I knew we had to go. What struck me most about actually meeting one of my favorite authors from childhood in the flesh was how she was so encouraging of the kids who liked writing or wanted to be writers and so excited to see her older readers, saying Animorphs fans grew up to be the coolest people. When K. A. Applegate was asking a little girl if she was a writer and encouraging her to be one, I couldn’t help but think how much that would have meant to me as a kid.

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Poetry Circle: The Troll that Shakes the Barley

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boundandgaggedbooks:

Instead of talking about minority languages or outlawed languages as I usually do for St. Patrick’s Day, I give you a poem. Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Originally posted on salt and iron:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In keeping with my last post about soda bread, here’s a poem that seemed fitting to share on such a holiday as this. This poem began quite randomly. A box of barley went missing in the apartment. Poof. Gone. I searched everywhere to no avail. As no one had eaten it and it’s not like someone would break in just to steal half a box of barley, I jokingly blamed the trolls. I’m a mythology major, I do that.

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More Shameless Self-Promotion

Just like the title says, it’s time for more shameless self-promotion of my work, this time poetry (wouldn’t Braggi be proud). Two of my poems were featured in digital magazine Fabulously Feminist (which some of you may recognize from the Blogroll). I also talk ancient epics, the role of women in religion/mythology, and what inspires my work, so go check it out here. Feel free to poke around while you’re there and see what other awesome stuff Fabulously Feminist does.

More of my poetry and other non-banned-book thoughts can be found on my personal blog, Salt & Iron, which focuses largely on writing, myth/folk musings, and personal anecdotes about living with invisible/chronic illness. You can also find a list of all of all of the places to find me and my work on the internet here.

Fireworks, Merrymaking, and a Hobbit or Two

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,300 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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For the Fan Who Has Everything: Comics Gift Guide 2014

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Need a gift for the geek in your life? Fear not, friend of the blog and my friendly neighborhood comic book expert over at Reviews By Lantern’s Light is here to save the day.

Originally posted on Reviews by Lantern's Light:

Welcome back, friends. It’s holiday time again and that means gifts. But whether you’re spending the check you got, treating yourself a little, or hunting for something for the nerd in your life, it can be hard to know what pick up for the holidays. Especially if you’re buying for someone else, hunting for something original and smart can quickly become a maddening experience and that tends to be about where the whole ‘peace on Earth and goodwill towards man’ thing starts to break down.

Happy HolidaysWell, worry not! Below I’ve assembled ten of my favorite comics. This selection should be generally accessible at your Local Comic Shop or easily located online and attempts to appeal to most, if not all, readers without rehashing the same tired best-sellers list.

It’s worth mentioning that there are tons of excellent comics that I simply haven’t gotten around to reading, but I wanted to…

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Passive Aggressive Heroes: A Round Up

Passive Aggressive Hero of the Year – Independent Theatres

As you may or may not know, the comedy movie The Interview, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, was pulled amid terrorist threats over its content. Related appearances have also been canceled. While I totally understand theatres not wanting to court danger, particularly with The Dark Knight Massacre still fresh in the public consciousness, allowing people who consider any movie with Seth Rogen in it to be something worth getting worked up about to dictate what movies can or can’t be seen in another country leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
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One Last Time? Always

As some of you may know, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are banned books. So stick it to the Saurons of the world and go see The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies this week.

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