book sanitizer

Londoners may feel hot this summer, but historian Rosemary Ashton says it’s nothing compared to what the city endured in 1858. That was the year of “The Great Stink” — when the Thames River, hot and filled with sewage, made life miserable for the residents of the city.

“It was continuously hot for two to three months with temperatures up into the 90s quite often,” Ashton says. “The hottest recorded day up to that point in history was the 16th of June, 1858, when the temperature reached 94.5 degrees Fahrenheit, in the shade.”

In her book One Hot Summer: Dickens, Darwin, Disraeli, and the Great Stink of 1858, Ashton follows three famous Victorians through those steamy months.

London Literally Stank In The Summer Of 1858 — Just Ask Dickens And Darwin

anonymous asked:

Hey!!! I'm just wondering how you know so much about him and his work. are there any books or websites you'd recommend?

He wrote three books (which were heavily edited as his writing skills were poor) and a fourth book called A Beautiful Life was published after he died - it had contributions from dozens of his friends and family.

But those books were obviously sanitized and embellished, and told a tiny fraction of the story. Kevyn died because he overdosed on painkillers - he had acromegaly and dealt with growing pains that caused his entire body to ache for most of his life. He was a serial monogamist who had intense abandonment issues and a destructive guilt complex which prompted him to remain loyal to friends who used and discarded him.

He was obsessed with self-help nonsense and the spiritual mumbo jumbo that was really taking off among the rich and famous in the mid-90s, and he was a naive democrat who advocated passionately for the Clintons despite the violently racist and homophobic legislation passed by their administration. He was heavily active politically, but bizarrely clueless, as all of us were at the time. We really just equated liberalism with equality and thought it would inevitably lead to the end of racism and bigotry at large.

Kevyn was a genius, but he was a true genius because his work seemed divinely inspired. You could list a few people he learned some crucial technical skills from (Audrey Hepburn, Way Bandy, Raquel Welsh) but his artistry had no real precedent. Any biography will tell you that he pioneered natural makeup, that he wrestled makeup out of the garish disco era and stripped it down to neutrals by the late 80s. But it was more than just popularizing beiges, browns and nudes; it was his method of applying them: blotting them till they disappeared, blending them till the face was an airy cloud of seamless color - and he was able to do this with the primitive brushes and powders that preempted the products he himself formulated.

anonymous asked:

What is your opinion of sex in YA , or on author who makes sure their YA (shelved in the children's areas!!!) is jammed pack with sex scenes. I mean not just hinted, it's greatly described like erotica like "velvet wrapped steel". I'm just curious.

Well clearly I support accurate portrayals of sex (and contraception) in YA. Completely sanitizing books for teens doesn’t make sense to me. Teens deal with real issues and real lives. Portraying relationships, particularly healthy, consenting ones, is extremely important. On a personal level, I prefer writing cut to black romance scenes but that’s just me. More explicit scenes are a different ballgame.  I’ll read it but that’s not where my talent in writing lies. We don’t have a ratings system in literature the same way movies do (or television), so it can get tricky.

YA is a bit of a crossroads so it’s difficult to distinguish older end from younger end. There’s lots of MG-YA cross as well as YA-adult/new adult (I think). It comes down to booksellers or librarians or parents being aware, I guess? But teens can handle a lot more than most think and I think they’re usually the best judge of themselves. But erotica in kids books (under 14) or presented as something for children seems a little much to me. I don’t think it really happens though. At least in my experience.

“Some of us start by telling our stories. For those who are brave and able, standing up and saying ‘me too’ can be a deeply cathartic experience.”  - Tarana Burke

Don’t forget what happened to Matoaka. This happened to her. This is the real story that Disney and your sanitized history books will not tell you. This was her pain and her struggle too.

stuff my big sister and i have said to each other sentence meme

feel free to change the pronouns and things to suit your muse!

  • “college is fun. trust me.”
  • “what a lovely shade of basic you’re wearing. where can i get it? can i get it at macy’s?”
  • “let’s get slushies…on you!”
  • “we’re not telling mom, right?”
  • “you don’t want your boobs entering the room before you do.”
  • “i’m not good at taking care of drunk people.”
  • “hey, i wasn’t the one here that was dropped twice as a child.”
  • “she jumped from the top bunk and to the couch and broke the futon.”
  • “your boyfriend finally followed me back on instagram after a year.”
  • “if i had your eyes on my face, i’d be perfect.”
  • “you wanna get starbucks? i want starbucks! let’s get starbucks!”
  • “remember when that boy cornered you on the couch and i left you there?”
  • “you’re throwing so much shade, we may as well be under an umbrella. tell me everything!”
  • “date a boy with a dog, you’ll be ten times happier.”
  • “we aren’t wombmates! we weren’t in the womb at the same time!”
  • “i look like 2007 threw up on me.”
  • “your friends are annoying.”
  • “the speed limit is a limit, not a suggestion.”
  • “MISS ME?!”
  • “we don’t speak of this to anyone.”
  • “my life all through middle school was people telling me my older sister’s hot. and it was really creepy.”
  • “why am i sitting across from your boyfriend at this wedding?”
  • “half the family doesn’t even know that you exist. you can get away with anything.”
  • “decaffeinated tea and chastity, that’s my motto.”
  • “sing one more frozen song. do it. sing a note. i dare you.”
  • “every time you touch my hardcover books, you need to sanitize. go in my dresser drawer.”
  • “when we get older, let’s be hippies together.”
  • “i bet i’m gonna be the family disappointment.”
  • “you’re like my child, i practically raised you. be thankful, you little pancake.”
  • “i may have made out with him once. twice tops.”
  • “use protection. we don’t need any more mini blonde bookworms running around.”
A Gift Guide for The Zodiac Signs

Aries: that new board game, a membership to their local gym, maybe a subscription to a fitness magazine

Taurus: a recipe book, some kind of home decor, scented candles, a soft, pretty scarf

Gemini: a deck of playing cards, that novel they’ve been wanting to read, tickets to Cedar Point or another amusement park

Cancer: a nice (preferably handmade) card, flowers, charm bracelets or rings

Leo: tickets to a Broadway show, eyeshadow palette, a large card signed by everyone they know

Virgo: a premium-feeling journal, lots and lots of hand sanitizer, a book on how to make the most of your day, a day at the spa

Libra: a gift card to one of their favorite stores, perfume, a pretty new wallet or purse, Bath and Bodyworks lotion set

Scorpio: Harry Potter (or any other fandom) movie or book boxed set, eyeliner or mascara, cross-body bags

Sagittarius: a weekend away at a resort or some faraway place, a set of travel essentials, a diary to document their experiences, maybe a book on a foreign language they’ve been meaning to learn

Capricorn: a really nice, fancy pen, high-end planners or a whiteboard calendar, a watch, a nice jewelry box

Aquarius: fandom/anime merchandise, quality noise-cancelling headphones, some kind of gadget, a science fiction novel

Pisces: a DIY book, a set of watercolors, a comfy pair of sandals, fairy lights for their bedroom

Some good things from this past week:

• I saw Mars when it was visible just below / beside the moon

• I finished reading another book
• my aunt sanitized and brought me organic soil for my plants

• I made vegan black bean “burgers”
• my Nonna let me raid her garden and pick all of the herbs she doesn’t use, so I made a few more herbal spell bundles then left the rest to dry

• my friend Sarah texted me about going to my favourite crystal shop soon
• we’re also going to get tea and do some christmas shopping next weekend

• I’ve practiced yoga every single day
• I made a jar of herbal tea using the (now dried) sage and peppermint
• I finished another journal / notebook and decorated the cover of my ‘new’ one
• plus some of my succulents are still producing babies


anonymous asked:

what do you mean by south asian for black solidarity? and what do you mean by reclaimmlk?

It means I, as a South Asian, support the African American community in their struggle towards equality. History tells us South Asians and African Americans have been allies for over a century. But too often South Asians are silent about the Black movement because we benefit from the model minority narrative. Too often we reinforce anti black sentiments in America despite being victims of racism ourselves. Starting conversations like this and working towards change within our own communities are ways we can help the movement.

ReclaimMLK is about reclaiming the sanitized narratives of Martin Luther King Jr that have been in our history books. 

“This state-sanctioned, sanitized version of King has since been manipulated to discredit, delegitimize and disinform subsequent organizers who wish to continue his legacy in the current work for Black liberation.” - Page May for Truthout

More info:


Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma - Pt. 1 (Click here for Pt.2, Pt.3)

Just because Black History Month is over doesn’t mean we should stop learning about our history. This important segment of American history shows the importance and impact of empowerment and economic unity and why there hasn’t been another “Black Wall-street” since.

This is what they won’t teach you at school or in most sanitize history books.