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11 Books By Latinas Every Feminist Should Add To Their Collection
Just one way to practice intersectional feminism.

For decades, Latina authors have written empowering stories of women navigating family, culture and societal norms to find their true selves.

Books by Gabby Rivera and Alida Nugent have most recently helped paint a portrait of what it means to be a Latina feminist today. But even before these women put pen to paper, authors like Sandra Cisneros and Laura Esquivel were already paving the way with narratives centered on strong Latina women.

In the spirit of intersectional feminism, we compiled a list of 11 books by Latina authors that every feminist should read.

Mod Bethany

Finally thinking I should post some personal magic instead of reblogs and other random crap. I call this


I had in mind to create a personal sigil in order to do various works with. It had to be general enough to work any kind of magic on it and, for me, to be aesthetically pleasing. I’ve always liked the Solomonic sigils when I was young and I find this to be reminiscent of it. Spent an hour or so drawing random things until I got something that made sense.

• The center table has a space for any work one would like to put there. From summoning to manifesting; anything you would like to put out to the universe.

• The sun and moon on either side stabilizes the center table.

• The bottom holds the earth and shows you from where you stand, the material realm. The center table, under the stabilization of the sun and moon transcends the work to the infinite at the top.

There’s plenty of space to put any other symbols or sigils around the main work to strengthen it. It can be drawn on the ground, or on a paper or with any other spell. I personally enjoy it on its own with a simple prayer to go along with it.

Utilize it as you will, witchy tumbls! May you all be happy and prosperous in your art!

This past weekend, I took a Japanese papermaking class at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis. We had people from Boston, Kansas City, and Ames, Iowa, in the class! And obviously, I needed an art journal page to commemorate the experience.

I made the sheet of handmade paper above from bamboo, although I see a little kuzo (mulberry), too. We used fabric paint on mosquito netting to make our watermarks.

Ink wash (Noodler’s Cactus Fruit Eel), collage.

Print made by William Blake, 1757–1827, British, The First Book of Urizen, Plate 10, “12: Los Howld in a Dismal Stupor….” (Bentley 7), 1794, Color-printed relief etching in orange-brown with watercolor on moderately thick, slightly textured, cream wove paper, Yale Center for British Art,

The Lost City of Altea: Chapter Two

@tokyoteddywolf and @futureblackpaladin enjoy my four-hour writing spree

“Shiro? You here? I’m home,” Keith called out into his apartment. He nearly dropped his notes when he saw the woman standing in front of his window.

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Second Small Treasure Journal

This journal is the second one of a collection of seven journals all tooled with precious metals.

The book is simply decorated with symmetrical gilded floral elements on the top and bottom of the front cover with flowers set in the corners and center. A couple of blind tooled flowers surround the central one and blind tooled spiral borders surround the whole design. The back as well as the inner covers are decorated with gold as well.

Again with much thinner recycled paper with which this rather thin book can hold 336 pages.

Print of my otter linocut that I created for the 2016 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival, sold for the benefit of the San Francisco Center for the Book. This was printed yesterday by being run over by a 12 ton steamroller! 

I also became aware that it is Sea Otter Awareness Week! They are one of my favorite Bay Area animals. 

So be it! See to it!

The papers of the great science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler are here at The Huntington, and we are super excited to team up with Los Angeles arts organization Clockshop (@clockshopla​) on Radio Imagination, a yearlong series of events celebrating Butler’s life and work. The project centers on a series of artist and writer commissions to create new works based on the Butler archive here at The Huntington. Other partners include the Armory Center for the Arts and the Library Foundation of Los Angeles’ ALOUD series.

Read more in “Celebrating Octavia Butler” on VERSO, and head to Clockshop to find out more about Radio Imagination.

caption: Handwritten notes on inside cover of one of Octavia E. Butler’s commonplace books, 1988. Octavia E. Butler papers. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

We know it can be hard to make friends sometimes.

So here are some tips on making some:

  • Join clubs or teams- This way you can meet lots on new people who already share the same interests as you.
  • Wear your interests- Wear something that shows your interests such as a band shirt or a button on your bag. Things like this may spike a conversation
  • Get your friends to introduce you- Meet one or two good people and then get to know their friends. If you hang out with a bunch of people, you shouldn’t have to have met them all individually.
  • Be kind- If you act kind, more people will want to be friends with you. It will also lift the moods of everyone around you 
  • Get involved in community activities- Volunteer at your community centers and charities. This way you help others and meet lots of cool people! 
  • Invite a neighbor or work colleague out- Lots of other people feel just as uncomfortable about reaching out and making new friends as you do. Be the one to break the ice. Your neighbor or colleague will thank you later.
  • Attend art gallery openings, book readings, lectures, music recitals- or other community events where you can meet people with similar interests. Check with your library or local paper for events near you.

Hope these tips can help you make some more friends. xoxo

-Hermit Sam

When I was at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts for a class recently, these were floating around - of course I had to grab one! Initially I thought it was a photocopy (although the paper was awfully nice to be a photocopy), but when I was applying some Mijello Blue watercolor to it last night, I realized it was definitely letterpress printed. (No impression from the type on the back, but it was definitely printed with rubberized ink.)

I applied the watercolor with a mop brush and when the paper was wet, I started using a crumpled paper towel to both blot up excess water and leave some nice marks.

Of course I saved the paper towel. Of course it will be coming to an art journal page near you soonishly! :)


During her residency at UWM with Peace Paper Project in the week of October 27, Margaret Mahan completed these pages for an artist’s book in-progress. The paper is handmade from her own clothing with inclusions of old dress patterns in various states of deterioration. The text, printed in various iterations of the appropriately-named Venus type font, is a line from the end of Kate Chopin’s late 19th-century, feminist novel The Awakening, where the main character Edna Pontellier finally liberates herself from the stifling social constraints of New Orleans society by drowning herself in the Gulf of Mexico.

The pages of the book are intended to be opened simultaneously from the center like a French door, as if the reader was the character herself stripping the clothing from her body as she and her clothes disintegrate into nothing.  Mahan is now looking for a professional box-maker to create a structure that will suggest the book’s movement.  Any takers?


Peter BrötzmannThe Inexplicable Flyswatter: Works on paper 1959-1964, 48-page book+enhanced CD published by Atavistic/Unheard Music Series, USA, 2003

This is a catalogue to an exhibition of German saxophonist Peter Brötzmann’s paintings, collages and lithographs that took place at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, and at Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2003. Focusing on the early 1960s period, John Corbett’s essay and the rare documents included assess Brötzmann’s role as a visual artist who was close to the Cobra and NADA groups, was Nam June Paik’s assistant during the latter’s exhibition in Wuppertal in 1963 and collaborated with George Maciunas and Emmett Williams during the Fluxus Festival organized in Amsterdam by Willem De Ridder in June 1963. Enhanced-CD includes 2 tracks of music (1965, quartet), an interview (1965) and three silent films (1963/4).


In the evenings last week while I was taking Intensive Bookbinding from the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, I had a surfeit of bookbinding energy, so I put together these coptic-bound journals. The one on the left features one of my gelli prints on the front and (not pictured) a nebula from an astronomy calendar on the back. The one on the right is covered with scrapbooking paper. I added spacers to both of them. (Spacers are little stubs of paper bound in with the regular pages to reduce that art journal foredge splay). The spacers also hide the crazy papers I used for the pages - graph paper, a cut-up atlas, etc.

The papers of this artist were processed with funding from the National Public Historical Publications and Records Commission, part of the National Archives.

March is the birthday month of  Wanda Gág (1893–1946), American artist, author, translator and illustrator. She is most noted for writing and illustrating the children’s book Millions of Cats which won a Newbery Honor Award in 1928 and is still in print.

Wanda started out as a graphic arist, and her first solo exhibition was at the New York Public Library in 1923. A 1926 show  n New York’s Weyhe Gallery in 1926 led to her recognition as “one of America’s most promising young graphic artists” and the following year,  her article “These Modern Women: A Hotbed of Feminists” was published in The Nation. Her work continued to be shown in galleries, The Museum of Modern Art 1939 exhibition “Art in Our Time” and the 1939 New York World’s Fair “American Art Today” show.

But perhaps she is best remembered as a children’s book illustrator. In addition to Millions of Cats, she published 15 books, including her illustrated translation of Grimm’s fairy tales and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Some of Gág’s papers are held in the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota, the New York Public Library, the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Her childhood home in New Ulm, Minnesota has been restored and is now the Wanda Gág House, a museum and interpretive center which offers tours and educational programs

The NHPRC funded the processing of her papers at the University of Pennsylvania, some 40 boxes of materials. You can read the Finding Aid at

Five Minutes Older -- Chapter Six: The Power of Mabel

Chapter One - Chapter Two - Chapter Three - Chapter Four - Chapter Five - Chapter Six - Chapter Seven - Chapter Eight  - Chapter Nine - Chapter Ten - Chapter Eleven

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A Time Stuck AU fic where Mabel gets trapped in the past with a younger version of Stan. Stuff starts to get real this chapter, guys, I am so excited.

Stanley, Oregon, 1979

A person could make the trip from Northern Missouri to Oregon in two days if they didn’t mind long hours on the road. It took Stan four days, delayed a little bit by car trouble but mostly by reluctance. 

Along the way he’d had to stop and pull over six times, each time telling Mabel he just wanted to stretch his legs. Really what he’d needed was a chance to find an isolated spot someplace where he could put his head between his knees and quietly panic. Where he could rock back and forth and breathe in and out until he stopped feeling lightheaded. On one occasion, Mabel had followed him and caught him like that. He’d resolved not to let her see it a second time.

He was glad to have her holding his hand as they approached the door.

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Osamu Tezuka (and studio) Astro Boy (Tetsuwan Atomu/Mighty Atom) original art page. 

I love looking at original manga art, not that I’ve seen much of it in person or even in print or online. It seems like so much of it has been locked away from prying eyes – where is it all? In studios, in publisher’s offices? 

Recently I was in the newly (re)opened Kinokuniya bookstore in the Mitsuwa shopping center in Edgewater NJ and they had a special Doraemon book that reprinted some comics and also included a beautiful fold-out reproduction of an original manga page printed on a different paper stock from the rest of the book. Lovely to see, if I had crazy money I would have bought it just for that page. I’d love to see an Artist’s Edition-style project showcasing original manga artwork (and crediting assistants, if it could be sussed out – I mean, hell, I’d love to see a website or something that credited uncredited assistants on every damned thing ever made, to be honest). Then again, where are the pages for such a project to be located? Maybe in a secret mecha production facility buried deep beneath beautiful Mt. Fuji. 

Ha ha, I’m a stupid gaijin, forgive me.

Also forgive me if you’re the person who posted this image, I completely forgot where I found it and if I’m stepping on toes, I’ll remove it. 

I made this collage with stuff I had in the folder I use when I’m taking art classes. Most of the materials are from ArtiCulture, but the waxed paper “ART” was from a stencil I made in the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) screenprinting class I took earlier this year.