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Charlie Chaplin with writers Upton Sinclair & Rob Wagner 1918, background show the trenches set of “Shoulder Arms”. 

The man to his right,  Upton Sinclair (1878-1968), an author and Pulitzer Prize winner but most famous for his 1906 book“The Jungle”.

“The Jungle” exposed the U.S. Meat Packing Industry, shocking in it’s portrayal of the unsanitary conditions and how unsafe it was for public health. This ultimately led to stricter inspections in the form of the “Pure Food and Drug Act” & “Meat Inspection Act”.

Upton Sinclair also ran for Governor of California in 1934. He was influential in Charlie’s early political thinking.

The man to Chaplin’s left  Rob Wagner,  also a big influence on Chaplin.  An author, Rob Wagner among his many talents, published a weekly film magazine “Script” from 1929-1949.

Upton Sinclair The Jungle themed restaurant where you see them make the sausage and every once in a while an animatronic worker falls into a vat

“fiction doesn’t affect reality” what about all those classic books you made us read in school?

like the jungle by upton sinclair that changed the meat industry in america forever by exposing the terrible working conditions of the common man during the 1800′s

what about uncle tom’s cabin by harriet beecher stowe that brought front and center what an african american slave experiences and has been said multiple times to have been the tipping point into the american civil war

we have been taught our entire lives how influential fiction can be and the fact that you believe that you can do whatever the fuck you want because “fiction doesn’t affect reality” is really disgusting

people on here will use that all the time as a get out of jail free card to support abusive, pedophillic and incestuous ships and transphobic and homophobic ideas that can not only affect young people on the internet but actually end up validating real pedophiles/homophobes/transphobes and the like

im so tired of all these people using this argument to make themselves feel better, it’s disgusting

streepbuffy4ever  asked:

What's your favourite book/story?

I don’t think I could pick just one! 

My favourite authors in no order (top two favourite books from each) are:

  • Maritta Wolff (Whistle Stop and About Lyddy Thomas)
  • Norman Collins (London Belongs to Me and Love in Our Time)
  • Patrick Hamilton (Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky and Hangover Square)
  • Willa Cather (My Antonia and O Pioneers!)
  • F Scott Fitzgerald (The Beautiful and Damned and Tender is the Night)
  • Kurt Vonnegut (God Bless You Mr Rosewater and Breakfast of Champions)
  • Trollope (The Way We Live Now and the Palliser series)  
  • Steinbeck (The Winter of Our Discontent and East of Eden)
  • Zola (L'Assommoir and Nana)
  • Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment and The Idiot)

I also really like Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, An American Tragedy and Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser, London Fields by Martin Amis, The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks, Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, The Millstone by Margaret Drabble, The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe, The Tenants of Moonbloom by Edward Lewis Wallant, The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell, Apartment in Athens by Glenway Wescott, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, The Mysteries of Paris by Eugene Sue, Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann, Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr, and everything by Nancy Mitford and Dominick Dunne. 

If I had to pick a short story, maybe A Perfect Day for Bananafish by  J. D. Salinger?

I have a tattoo of Behemoth from The Master and Margarita!

anonymous asked:

a little faq about yourself? like your name, age, where you're from and what other things interest you ? if you're comfortable ofc - all the love :)

Okay here goes! My name’s Kalie, I’m 27, I’m from British Columbia, Canada! I’m married and I have two cats. This blog is my biggest hobby, but next is probably reading. 

My favourite authors (top two favourite books from each) are: 

  • Maritta Wolff (Whistle Stop and About Lyddy Thomas)
  • Norman Collins (London Belongs to Me and Love in Our Time)
  • Patrick Hamilton (Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky and Hangover Square)
  • Willa Cather (My Antonia and O Pioneers!)
  • F Scott Fitzgerald (The Beautiful and Damned and Tender is the Night)
  • Kurt Vonnegut (God Bless You Mr Rosewater and Breakfast of Champions)
  • Trollope (The Way We Live Now and the Palliser series)  
  • Steinbeck (The Winter of Our Discontent and East of Eden)
  • Zola (L'Assommoir and Nana)
  • Dostoevsky (Crime and Punishment and The Idiot)

I also really like Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, An American Tragedy and Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser, London Fields by Martin Amis, The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, The Millstone by Margaret Drabble, The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe, The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers and everything by Nancy Mitford and Dominick Dunne. I have a tattoo of Behemoth from The Master and Margarita! 

I’m not a big fan of historical fiction but I really liked Ken Follet’s Kingsbridge and Century Trilogies. 

My favourite TV shows are It’s Always Sunny and Curb Your Enthusiasm. 

My favourite podcasts are My Brother My Brother and Me, and Uhh Yeah dude.

Everywhere he went, from one end of the vast city to the other, there were hundreds of others like him; everywhere was the sight of plenty and the merciless hand of authority waving them away. There is one kind of prison where the man is behind bars, and everything that he desires is outside; and there is another kind where the things are behind the bars, and the man is outside.
— 

Upton Sinclair, The Jungle

* “İnsanların fikirlerini örtbas ettiğimizde, onları cevaplayamıyormuşuz gibi görünmemizi sağladık; mitingleri basarak yüzlerce insanı mitinglere katılıyor diye hapse attığımızda ise ancak örtbas etmeye çalıştığımız fikirlerin reklamını yapmış ve pek çok diğer insanın kurbanlara sempati duymasını sağlamış olduk.”
* “faşizm, kapitalizm artı cinayettir”

Kan Dökülecek, Upton Sinclair

Eisenstein in Guanajuato (2015) Peter Greenaway