François Coppée (26 January 1842 – 23 May 1908)

French poet and novelist. Coppée was famed as le poète des humbles (the poet of the humble). (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Title page from Oeuvres de François Coppée. Théatre 1869-1872. Vol. I. Paris: Librairie Alphonse Lemerre, n.d.

Calling All Witchy Writers.

It’s getting harder and harder to connect with witches who are also writers. It is so, so important for us all to band together and form a helpful community where we can all celebrate each others’ works and give advice.

Doesn’t matter if you’ve been published on Witches & Pagans, posted fanfiction online, or have written in a journal you only keep to yourself. If you’re a witch who writes, I want to hear from you. 

Use #witchywriters to connect to each other on Tumblr and Instagram.

This hashtag is hardly ever used, so we might as well take advantage of that. And of course, reblog this to boost the word.

I want to connect! Make more friends! Read more work! Change the world one witchy writer at a time!! 

Robert M. Pirsig, who inspired generations to road trip across America with his “novelistic autobigraphy,” Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, died Monday at the age of 88.

His publisher William Morrow & Company said in a statement that Pirsig died at his home in South Berwick, Maine, “after a period of failing health.”

Pirsig wrote just two books: Zen (subtitled “An Inquiry Into Values”) and Lila: An Inquiry into Morals.

‘Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance’ Author Robert M. Pirsig Dies At 88

Photo: William Morrow/HarperCollins

jessrubinkowski  asked:

I have a question on how to handle a situation. I'm a part of an IRL writing group. I'm the youngest by a good 20 years at 25 and have already been branded troublesome and a 'hard ass'. There is a guy who decided to write a "biography" of a black woman from Houston. She overcame a lot of obstacles to get a degree and provide for her family. But he inserts himself into the narrative, talks down on her, plus is a white guy writing about her life , a story he has no real business telling.

he’s made jokes about her limited vocabulary compared to his “PhD four syllable one”. His log line is literally “ you can take the girl out of the ghetto but can you take the ghetto out of the girl” Ive brought up that he is telling her story through a lens. I’ve told him he is giving an extremely problematic portrayal and that it will hurt readers. He said I’m “too aggressive” for a girl and continues to work on it. What more can I do? I NEVER want this book to reach a soul. 

Confronting Racist Ideas in a Writer’s Group

We feel you should call him out.

As a young woman, we get that you’re at a disadvantage, but you’re also white, and this would be a good way of using your privilege to point out this is an issue. (Although we do sympathize–one of us had to leave a writing group for similar reasons.)

You could refer this blog and/or other sources as a reference for him to read and educate himself.

Though in the end, you can’t make people take you seriously, and can only try to get your point across. If he’s as sexist and racist as he seems to be, there really isn’t much you can do but call him out. Chances are (and fingers crossed) his crappy works never see a bookshelf, but there is always a chance. And hey, it won’t be your fault when he’s on folks’ did-not-finish lists on goodreads with tons of one star reviews.

Another thing; just because you’re “aggressive” (dude, how condescending and tone-policing) which probably is an exaggeration on his part anyhow, doesn’t mean you’re wrong.

Finally, if this group doesn’t take you seriously and no one in charge assists in curbing this guy’s behavior, it’s perfectly acceptable to leave the group for something more suitable. Based on the group deeming you a “troublesome hard ass”, it doesn’t sound like a safe or comfortable environment at all.

This behavior is not something you should have to put up with.


Grocery stores in America have changed from neighborhood corner markets to multimillion-dollar chains that sell convenience — along with thousands of products — to satisfy the demand of the country’s hungry consumers. What caused this transformation? And what will our grocery stores be like in the future?

Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman, author of more than 20 books — including the best-seller The Soul of the Chef and co-author of The French Laundry Cookbook with chef Thomas Keller — examines this phenomenon through the story of the Midwestern grocery chain Heinen’s. His new book, Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America, not only offers insights on how we produce, distribute and buy food, but seeks ways of understanding our changing relationship with what we eat and how we get it.

Grocery Stores: ‘The Best Of America And The Worst Of America’

Photo: Kelly Jo Smart/NPR

  • Tolkien: "You must destroy Kurikara in the blue flames it was forged in, Rin Okumura!"
  • Shakespeare: Yuri loved Satan and Satan loved Yuri but Yuri's grumpy father didn't want them to be together and in the end everyone died.
  • J.K.Rowling: Yuri had a huge crush on Satan, a lad out of her reach. So she brew a magic potion that made Satan fall in love with her. But sadly she died when giving birth to her son Rin. Rin grew up at the orphanage and hated his name, because there were so many Rins out there, but one special day a man named Mephisto Pheles came to visit Rin and told him that he is an exorcist and can come to his school, the True Cross Academy. Rin's hatred for normal humans grew and he founded a secret underground organization with his best buddy Lucifer Malfoy named "The Illuminati". Their goal was to get rid of human race and so they became more powerful. But there was another organization, The True Cross Order, that wanted to fight against the Illuminati. Lily and James Okumura, two members of the True Cross Order gave birth to their son Yukio. Rin tried to kill the family but Yukio survived and developt the same special ability like Rin: speak to demons. And so Yukio visited the True Cross Academy and became an exorcist and together with his friends Shura and Izumo he defeated Rin in an epic battle and destroyed Kurikara, his horcrux.
  • Stephanie Meyer: Yuri fell in love with Satan, who was a demon. Satan wanted to transform Yuri into a demon too, but first Yuri gave birth to her half demon sons Rinesmee and Yukio. The True Cross Order thought Rinesmee would be a danger to their existance and wanted to exorcise him. And then there was also this other guy, Shiro Fujimoto, who liked Yuri and always took his shirt off, but then he became Rinesmees godparent.
  • Goethe: Satan was a nerdy crybaby who was influenced by his bad boy bff Mephisto Pheles. Then Satan fell in love with Yuri and made her pregnant, but Mephisto was an idiot and because of his actions Yuri and her Son Rin both died and Satan and Mephisto were bff's till the end of their lives.
  • Kafka: "I am Rin Okumura, I'm not even human and I have HUGE daddy issues."
  • Schiller: Yuri and Satan both die because their relationship is illegal.
  • Dan Brown: The Illuminati planned an attack of the Vatican but the True Cross Order and Tom Hanks were there to solve their riddles, but there was a spy called Renzou Shima and in the end he died.
  • Borchert: There was a war between demons and humans and the war killed everyone.
  • Cassandra Clare: Rin Okumura wondered, why he started to draw runes but then he discovered he was an exorcist and had exorcist adventures.

Charles Perrault (12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703) 

French author and member of the Académie Française. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty), and Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard). (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Illustrations from The Cinderella Fairy Book; containing: Cinderella, or the Glass Slipper, Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood, Drill of the A, B, C, Army. With Twenty-eight Colored Illustrations. Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, 1881.

Story Time

Hi guys! To apologize for the lack of prompts tonight (they’ll be back tomorrow, as text posts for the time being!) I will share with you a story about why I make a face every time someone mentions Stephen King.

First off, I love Stephen King. I think he’s a stand up guy. Great at what he does. He also happens to spend his winters in my home town. Now, my town has many wonderful features, one of which is an abundance of Panera Bread restaurants. My favorite one is right next to a bookstore. Prime space. The most popular of the towns Paneras. I spent most of high school sitting in this Panera writing and eating breadbowls filled with mac and cheese (off menu but they WILL do it if you ask nice). As all of us who frequent establishments where it is acceptable to eat drink and work will know, you develop a fondness for certain seats. Sit in it enough, and you come to think of it as Your Seat. I’ll admit that more than once I have waited for someone to leave My Seat at this Panera before opening word and getting to work. The crushing disappointment when you realize someone is in Your Seat is a distinct emotion. Even more distinct when the person sitting in Your Writing Seat is Stephen King.
Listen, I’m not a petty person. But every time I walk in to that cafe and see Stephen King in My Seat, I want to kick something. It does not happen often. But when it does I ask, why Stephen? Of all the seats? Are you thinking about your next novel over that cup of coffee? Are you taking extra long because you needed a break after finishing up your latest bestseller? YOU DO NOT HAVE THE MONOPOLY ON GOOD WRITING SEATS STEPHEN.
Sometimes I daydream about asking him to move. I’m not home a lot these days, but if I ever see him in that Panera again, we will discover if I have enough gall to tell Stephen King to switch tables, so I can work on my writing.