From The Terminator to Back to the Future to Richard Curtis’s new film About Time, movies love time travel – but it’s strictly for men. Anna Smith wishes she could turn back the clock.
Author’s School Visit Cancelled Over Strong Language
Cumberland Middle School has canceled an appearance by author Meg Medina at an anti-bullying event, arguing that “bullying prevention could be taught without using unacceptable language.”
Medina wrote a young adult book called ‘Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass’, and the book trailer contains many ugly words used by bullies.
The author posted this response to the school district:
“I make absolutely NO APOLOGIES for the title of my book. The title is bold and troubling, and it suggests exactly what’s inside. Besides, we can fret all we want about the word ass, but that word isn’t the real trouble, is it? What’s hurting our kids is the savagery on their phones, and Facebook pages and in their classrooms. That, and the reluctance of those around them to step up and do the tough work of pulling the issue out into the open and talking about what bullying really looks and sounds like and about its radioactive impact that lasts for years into the future.”
31 Day Blog Challenge, #19
WHAT I COLLECT
I used to collect stamps but I gave that up a long time ago. I am not even sure what became of my albums. I had some REALLY weird specimens from places I’d never been NEAR in my life, like Sierra Leone, for instance – and it was fun while it lasted but I just lost interest after a while.
I suppose you could say I collect plushes – stuffed animals – because I have an inordinate amount of them in this house. But it isn’t a *thing*. Although I do put a writerly twist on this particular “collection” – all of my animalcules have their name, most of them have some sort of backstory I could tell you at the drop of a hat, and some of them have distinct personalities which I occasionally puppet-master out of them for the amusement of others.
And books, of course. But that isn’t so much collecting as accreting. One day in the future this house will be made ENTIRELY of books. You wait.