Based on the ALA’s Banned & Challenged Classicslist, which can be found here: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/classics
1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald 2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck 4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker 6. Ulysses, by James Joyce 7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison 8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 9. 1984, by George Orwell 10. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov 11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 12. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller 13. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 14. Animal Farm, by George Orwell 15. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway 16. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner 17. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway 18. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston 19. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison 20. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison 21. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell 22. Native Son, by Richard Wright 23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey 24. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut 25. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway 26. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London 27. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin 28. All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren 29. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien 30. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair 31. Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence 32. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess 33. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin 34. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote 35. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie 36. Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron 37. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence 38. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut 39. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles 40. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs 41. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh 42. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
Why Swan Lake? It may seem like a random artistic choice, but to anyone who lived in the former USSR, it made perfect sense. For many Russians, the opening strains of Tchaikovsky’s score are as likely to remind them of political upheaval as they are the beauty of classical ballet. When Leonid Brezhnev died in 1982, after nearly two decades in power, state-controlled television stations cut into programming not with news of his death or an announcement of who would next lead the country, but with broadcasts of Swan Lake “in its full-length, four-act, three hour expanse,” writes Stanford dance historian Janice Ross in her new book , Like a Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia. The broadcasts were a stalling tactic, meant to block access to the news while the Soviet leadership settled on a succession plan. The same happened following the deaths of Yuri Andropov and Konstantin Chernenko. Swan Lake was so often the backdrop for Soviet political upheaval that seeing it on television became a tip-off that all was not well in Moscow. In August 1991, Ross writes, when a group of communist hard-liners attempted to overthrow Mikhail Gorbachev’s government, television programs again were interrupted; for days, the only thing on state TV was a continuous loop of Swan Lake. Sergei Filatov, a member of the Russian legislature, was on vacation at the time. “I turned on the TV and saw the swans dancing,” Filatov told the Moscow Times. “For five minutes, ten, for an hour. Then I realized that something had happened.” He immediately got on a flight to Moscow, where he played an important role defending the city against the attempted takeover. (One of the leaders of the coup, Vasily Starodubtsev, later admitted that the broadcast was a strategic error.)
Please add books or essays written by Black and/or POC Queer and Trans* writers (fiction and non-fiction) and books or essays written about the Black Queer and Trans* experience.
Black Queer Studies: A Critical Anthology by E. Patrick Johnson (Editor), Mae G. Henderson
Aberrations In Black: Toward A Queer Of Color Critique by Roderick A. Ferguson
Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics?”by Cathy Cohen(PDF)
Death and Rebirth of a Movement:Queering Critical Ethnic Studies by Cathy Cohen (PDF)
Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States (Queer Ideas/Queer Actionby Andrea J. Ritchie
Mutha Is Half a Word: Intersections of Folklore, Vernacular, Myth, and Queerness in Black Female Culture by L.H. Stallings
Black Queer Identity Matrix: Towards An Integrated Queer of Color Framework (Black Studies & Critical Thinking: Lgbt Studies)by Sheena C. Howard
Black Like Us: A Century of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual African American Fiction by Don Weise
Black Girl Dangerous on Race, Queerness, Class and Gender by Mia McKenzie
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries: Survival, Revolt, and Queer Antagonist Struggle (PDF) A compilation of historical documents, interviews, and critical analyses of STAR, a group of street queens in early 70s New York City who self-organized for survival and revolt. Contained within are pamphlets distributed by STAR, as well as interviews with and speeches by Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Additionally, we are excited to include a critical essay by Ehn Nothing on STAR’s legacy, the enemies of queer insurrection, and the war against gender.
Decolonizing Trans/gender 101 by b. binaohan A short, accessible disruption of the hegemonic and imperial aspirations of white trans/gender theory. it seeks to remedy the reductive (and, thus, violent erasure) nature of trans/gender 101s that seek to explicate (but really construct) a white trans/gender discourse assumed to have universal legitimacy. a legitimacy that has widespread implications and consequences far beyond the borders of whiteness.
Happy Thursday everyone! Here’s an updated pic of my tbr list/2016 personal reading goal! I went to a cute local coffee shop yesterday and their cups were super cool so I washed the cup out and cut the designs off. Coffee and books go well together so that’s why I decided to put them on these pages. Have an amazing day and an even more amazing weekend!
Please tell a story about a girl who gets away.” I would, even if I had to adapt one, even if I had to make one up just for her. “Gets away from what, though?” “From her fairy godmother. From the happy ending that isn’t really happy at all. Please have her get out and run off the page altogether, to somewhere secret where words like ‘happy’ and ‘good’ will never find her.” “You don’t want her to be happy and good?” “I’m not sure what’s really meant by happy and good. I would like her to be free. Now. Please begin.
One of my favorite things about Daria is that the books she reads are actual books we too can read. Sometimes her jokes are references to the books she’s read and if you haven’t read the book you might not be in on the joke! Here is a list of the books you can purchase that have been featured/mentioned on Daria:
To say a feeling, an impression is to diminish it—expel it. But sometimes feelings are too strong: passions, obsessions. Like romantic love. Or grief. Then one needs to speak, or one would burst. The desire for reassurance. And, equally, to be reassured. (The itch to ask whether I’m still loved; and the itch to say, I love you, half-fearing that the other has forgotten, since the last time I said it.)
Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh