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A woman from the audience asks: ‘Why were there so few women among the Beat writers?’ and [Gregory] Corso, suddenly utterly serious, leans forward and says: “There were women, they were there, I knew them, their families put them in institutions, they were given electric shock. In the ’50s if you were male you could be a rebel, but if you were female your families had you locked up.

Stephen Scobie, on the Naropa Institute’s 1994 tribute to Allen Ginsberg  (via thisisendless)

I’m just frozen. Absences of women in history don’t “just happen,” they are made.

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(Source: fuckyeahbeatniks, via teen-stuff-at-the-library)

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Anonymous asked: Do you have any books to recommend from 'the summer after senior year" genre?

heyteenbookshey:

I sure do, friend

  1. Don’t Stop Now by Julie Halpern
  2. Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando
  3. The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
  4. Ghost World (I think)
  5. Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
  6. The Disenchantmentsby Nina LaCour
  7. The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

-Becky

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doodleforjoy asked: You are an amazing aurthor, but how did you know you were/could be so? Who did you first show a piece of writing to and what did they say?

maggie-stiefvater:

I actually was turned down for a creative writing class in college. I’m not telling you this to emphasize the injustice and tastelessness of my alma mater, but rather because I always tell would-be-authors that the most important person to convince of your career is always going to be YOU.

I have hundreds of rejection letters, including one from my current publisher and my current agent. All those letters meant was “you’re not good enough yet, Stiefvater.” They are a progress report, not a death sentence.

For me, the point of being a published author is to have a story in my head, and then to tell it well enough that readers can see the same version I am, or close to it. I don’t want to trick my way in to publishing a novel. I don’t want to publish before I can do that.

And I believe that anyone can learn this trick with enough practice — like learning to play a Bach piece.

So show your writing to other people, and don’t wince if they don’t like it. They’re just saying not yet, not no.

keep this in mind bfg11

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It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.
Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)

That third thing, please.

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Found today at comics shop in Fair Oaks mall just as we were leaving. #serendipity

Found today at comics shop in Fair Oaks mall just as we were leaving. #serendipity

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'A Monster Calls' to Hit Theaters in Fall 2016

noamthenerd:

holy shit

Am I reading this right? Patrick Ness wrote the Chaos Walking trilogy, but  this isn’t part of that trilogy.

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