I am a white woman. I am standing beside a black woman. We are facing a group of white people who are seated in front of us. We are in their workplace, and have been hired by their employer to lead them in a dialogue about race. The room is filled with tension and charged with hostility. I have just presented a definition of racism that includes the acknowledgment that whites hold social and institutional power over people of color. A white man is pounding his fist on the table. His face is red and he is furious. As he pounds he yells, “White people have been discriminated against for 25 years! A white person can’t get a job anymore!” I look around the room and see 40 employed people, all white. There are no people of color in this workplace. Something is happening here, and it isn’t based in the racial reality of the workplace. I am feeling unnerved by this man’s disconnection with that reality, and his lack of sensitivity to the impact this is having on my cofacilitator, the only person of color in the room. Why is this white man so angry? Why is he being so careless about the impact of his anger? Why are all the other
white people either sitting in silent agreement with him or tuning out? We have, after all, only articulated a definition of racism.

 This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium.

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White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

"The Library of Unrequited Love" by Sophie DivryOne morning a librarian finds a reader who has been locked in overnight.

She starts to talk to him, a one-way conversation that soon gathers pace as an outpouring of frustrations, observations and anguishes. Two things shine through: her shy, unrequited passion for a quiet researcher named Martin, and an ardent and absolute love of books.

A delightful flight of fancy for the lonely bookworm in all of us.


Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh

For more warts-and-all literary stories with unique voices…

How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman for a Booker-prize winning novel set in working class Glasgow, and written in Scottish dialect.

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan for more interconnected tales dealing with drugs and broken dreams, in Los Angeles and New York.

The Crow Road by Iain Banks for another cult Scottish novel mixing dark humour with violence in the story of a young man investigating a murder.

A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride for more breathless stream of consciousness style very much of it’s place.

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bicamhicam asked:

Hi! Out of curiosity who are your top ten picks for fanfic writers? I'm looking to binge read and i'd love it if you could recommend some consistently good writers for Usuk, thanks!

Oooh, this seems like a fun request. I’m going to draft my fantasy fanfic writer team! Listed in alphabetical order, because that’s sort of my schtick:

  • Car - Tons of humorous, fluffy oneshots! Watch out for her incomplete stories, though. She lures you in and then never updates ;)
  • ChampagneSly - A fantastic writer with a lyrical style and some smut.
  • Fakiagirl - A good place to go if you like longer plots and more spies.
  • Gecko Osco - I think the best description would be “dorky fluff.” Puppies, Stardust, and the Breakfast Club? I’m sold!
  • Iggycat - More awesome USUK oneshots! Although, once again, you need to be wary of her incomplete fics.
  • Jedishampoo - Smut, intriguing stories, and overall good writing.
  • Monobuu - My favorite smut author.
  • PennyLane - My all-time fave. Four mid-length USUK stories on A03 and they’re all fabulous.
  • Snowyfoxpaws - Do you like omegaverse? Then Snowy is for you.
  • Teenage Mouse - This is the treasure trove! 29 stories and they’re all USUK. Plus, she’s really good about finishing her stories!

And that’s just a small sample of usuk writers! (I tend to prefer the fluffier side of the fandom.) Here are a few more for your binge:

Darker / melodramatic: Butterfish, OrangePlum, S.E. Mellark, and Zo One.

More oneshots: Abarero, hoshiko2kokoro (also posts as Love Cocoon), Last Haven, Liete, three-days-late, and Trumpet-Geek.

More smut: Ellarose-C, Miaou Jones, and Stardropdream.

Good authors who aren’t good about finishing stories: EverythingIsMagic, RobinRocks, and simplytrop.

Finally, don’t forget me! I also have two A03-only stories.

Book Stack: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Book Stack: The Architecture of Happiness by Alain De Botton

"The Architecture of Happiness" by Alain De BottonThe Architecture of Happiness is a dazzling and generously illustrated journey through the philosophy and psychology of architecture and the indelible connection between our identities and our locations. One of the great but often unmentioned causes of both happiness and misery is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings, and streets that surround us. And yet a concern for architecture is too often described as frivolous, even self-indulgent. Alain de Botton starts from the idea that where we are heavily influences who we can be, and argues that it is architecture’s task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential.

anonymous asked:

I seriously recommend reading You You You by isthatyoularry <3 It's one of their older works but it's so funny and fluffy and just amazing :))

Thank you :)

he one where Harry and Louis meet at a club and Louis takes Harry home, only for him to realize that the boy who just made him breakfast half naked is Harry Styles from One Direction.

Book Stack: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia showcases an astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia.” It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along.

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luna-mothra asked:

hello! do you happen to have a recommended books list for your followers anywhere, or perhaps a Best Books of 2014?

Sure thing! Firstly, there is a recommended book list on the last page of my FAQ. 

Secondly, here is a list of my favorite spiritual books that I read in 2014:

Original Innocence and Eye to Form both by Traktung Yeshe Dorje

Turning Confusion into Clarity by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

Crazy Wisdom by Chogyam Trungpa

Ribhu Gita translated by Nome/SAT Temple

Emptiness Dancing and The End of Your World both by Adyashanti

An Extraordinary Absence by Jeff Foster

The Bushman Way of Tracking God by Bradford Keeney

Shamanic Experience by Kenneth Meadows

In case I forgot, I’ll be sure to add anything I read and valued last year.

Namaste sis :) Much love.