“From One Story to the Brooklyn Poets, from Lerner to Mengestu, this is the message of the Brooklyn Book Festival. It is a day in New York like no other, a day to celebrate what unites us, rather than what tears us apart. A day, in other words, in which we read books through the filter of community, of our essential humanness.”—Scenes from the Brooklyn Book Festival - LA Times
“Meanwhile, the pay gap between men and women—the other well-known imbalance in the industry—continued in 2013, even though women accounted for 74% of the publishing workforce and men only 26%. The average compensation for men in 2013 was $85,000, the same as in 2012, while average compensation for women rose to $60,750 last year, up from $56,000 the year before. Women filled at least 70% of the jobs in sales and marketing, operations, and editorial, but only 51% of the management positions.”—Publishing’s Holding Pattern: 2014 Salary Survey
“[W]hile I suspect that rumors of the decline in influence of the straight white male have been greatly exaggerated, I personally cannot imagine any subject less interesting for a work of art.”—Sarah McCarry, pleasure principles | The Rejectionist (via annaverity)
“On top of which Marie is a mother, and whatever is proscribed for women is usually triply proscribed for mothers. It is generally felt that all of reality would collapse if mothers were allowed to be flawed, and human, and sexual. And I’m not recommending Marie’s life path to anyone; I wrote her, and she scares the hell out of me. But I wrote her because there’s a stranglehold on who and how women are allowed to be in this world. Still. At this late date. So when someone asks me if my husband has read the book, I also have a thought that goes something like, “Thank you for affirming the ongoing need for my book, at least.””—PowellsBooks.Blog – Has My Husband Read It? - Powell’s Books
“The festival has grown much, much larger, and our reputation has spread internationally—something boosted by the fact that every year we add more authors who travel overseas to participate. We have authors from Brazil (Paulo Scott), India (Amit Chaudhrui), Cuba (Mylene Fernandez-Pintado), Israel (Assaf Gavron), Haiti (Frankétienne), South Africa (Lauren Buekes), England (Nadeem Aslam, Hamid Ismailov, and Nadifa Mohammed), France (Scholastique Mukasonga), and Mexico (Mario Bellatin), among other countries, participating in this year’s programming. All in all, we have around 300 authors participating in programs on over a dozen stages.”—Four Questions for…Brooklyn Book Festival Host Johnny Temple
I dreamed we took an art class in Paris together, but we were really disappointed when they only showed videos of art classes from the 80s. There were also dogs wandering around the class. And people pretending to be dogs, as part of a performance art piece.
This is the result of tumblring right before sleep.