“The Sun Is Also A Star” by Nicola Yoon

In The Sun is Also a Star, to understand the characters and their love story, we must know everything around them and everything that came before them that has affected who they are and what they experience.

Two teens–Daniel, the son of Korean shopkeepers, and Natasha, whose family is here illegally from Jamaica–cross paths in New York City on an eventful day in their lives–Daniel is on his way to an interview with a Yale alum, Natasha is meeting with a lawyer to try and prevent her family’s deportation to Jamaica–and fall in love.



Beautiful, angry Sammy  (¬‿¬ )

R.I.P. Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird

Nelle Harper Lee, the author whose monumental work To Kill A Mockingbird became an American classic, has died. She was 89.

Lee’s landmark book, a permanent fixture in most school curricula, is an indelible touchstone of Americana, to say nothing of its excellent qualities as a novel, of which there are many. In his review of Go Set A Watchmen for The New Yorker, Adam Gopnik wrote, “Harper Lee did for Maycomb (her poeticized version of her hometown, Monroeville, Alabama) what J.D. Salinger did for Central Park—made it a permanent amphitheatre of American adolescence. One realizes with a slight, shamed start that we would now condescend to this kind of effort as belonging merely to a Y.A., or young adult, novel.” The fact that many first encounter her book at a young age means her lyrical writing imprints itself that much more firmly upon the still-developing psyche.

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On Kurt Vonnegut’s birthday, take a look back at 15 things he said better than anyone else ever has or will

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’”

The actual advice here is technically a quote from Kurt Vonnegut’s “good uncle” Alex, but Vonnegut was nice enough to pass it on at speeches and in A Man Without A Country. Though he was sometimes derided as too gloomy and cynical, Vonnegut’s most resonant messages have always been hopeful in the face of almost-certain doom. And his best advice seems almost ridiculously simple: Give your own happiness a bit of brainspace.

“Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.’”

In this response to his own question—"Why bother?“—in Timequake, his last novel, Vonnegut doesn’t give a tired response about the urge to create; instead, he offers a pointed answer about how writing (and reading) make a lonesome world a little less so. The idea of connectedness—familial and otherwise—ran through much of his work, and it’s nice to see that toward the end of his career, he hadn’t lost the feeling that words can have an intimate, powerful impact.

"So it goes.”

Unlike many of these quotes, the repeated refrain from Vonnegut’s classicSlaughterhouse-Five isn’t notable for its unique wording so much as for how much emotion—and dismissal of emotion—it packs into three simple, world-weary words that simultaneously accept and dismiss everything. There’s a reason this quote graced practically every elegy written for Vonnegut over the past two weeks (yes, including ours): It neatly encompasses a whole way of life. More crudely put: “Shit happens, and it’s awful, but it’s also okay. We deal with it because we have to.”

“We must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

In Mother Night, apolitical expatriate American playwright Howard W. Campbell, Jr. refashions himself as a Nazi propagandist in order to pass coded messages on to the U.S. generals and preserve his marriage to a German woman—their “nation of two,” as he calls it. But in serving multiple masters, Campbell ends up ruining his life and becoming an unwitting inspiration to bigots. In his 1966 introduction to the paperback edition, Vonnegut underlines Mother Night’s moral: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” That lesson springs to mind every time a comedian whose shtick relies on hoaxes and audience-baiting—or a political pundit who traffics in shock and hyperbole—gets hauled in front of the court of public opinion for pushing the act too far. Why can’t people just say what they mean? It’s a question Don Imus and Michael Richards—and maybe someday Ann Coulter—must ask themselves on their many sleepless nights.

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Band and Album Cover Wallpapers

So I made some crap (and it took fooooreeeeeveeer). If you listen to any of these groups, shoot me a message and I might follow you. Feel free to use these for whatever but please give me credit. Don’t reblog this and delete the description or something dumb like that. Kay? Thanks.
Music Playlist:"Endless Indie"

60 of some of the best & catchiest indie songs to help get you through this week.
1.R U Mine? X Arctic monkeys
2.Undercover Martyn x Two door cinema club
3.Trying to be cool x Phoenix
4.The mother we share x Chvrches
5. Settle down x The 1975
6.Best day of my life x American authors
7. Diane young x Vampire weekend
8. Don’t save me x Haim
9. Dashboard x Modest mouse
10.If so x Atlas genius
11. Midnight city x M83
12. Islands x The xx
13. Breathless x Small black
14. Riptide x Vance joy
15. Bad blood x Bastille
16. White teeth teens x Lorde
17. Dreaming x Smallpools
18. I know x Tom odell
19. Underdog x Imagine dragons
20. Radio x Lana del rey
21. Tighten up x The black keys
22. Alive x Empire of the sun
23. Lisztomania x Phoenix
24. Rubbish cans x Eliza doolittle
25. Call it what you want x Foster the people
26. Fader x The temper trap
27. Thirst x City & colour
28. You’ve got the love x Florence + the Machine
29. Two weeks x Grizzly bear
30. One night x Ed Sheeran
31. Supersoaker x Kings of Leon
32. Strong x London grammar
33. Running back to you x For the foxes
34. Giving up the gun x Vampire weekend
35. Everybody’s watching me (Uh oh) x The neighbourhood
36. Goodness gracious x Ellie goulding
37. Sleep alone x Two door cinema club
38. Electric feel x Mgmt
39. Went Away x The Maccabees
40. Wildest moments x Jessie ware
41. Arabella x Arctic monkeys
42. Show me lights x Friendly fires
43. Is it me? X The kooks
44. Forever x Haim
45. The city x The 1975
46. Afterlife x Arcade fire
47. Kangaroo court x Capital cities
48. Nobody asked me (If I was okay) x Sky Ferreira
49. Guns for hands x Twenty one pilots
50. Flaws x Bastille
51. Human x The killers
52. Little games x The colourist
53. Kinetic x The cinema
54. Nine in the afternoon x Panic! At the disco
55. Shuffle x Bombay bicycle club
56. Youth x Daughter
57. Take a walk x Passion pit
58. Young blood x The naked & famous
59. Sweet disposition x The temper trap
60. Help me lose my mind (feat. London grammar) x Disclosure

See if you can spot Magic Man! :3 (Note: this also doubles as a great list of new music you should check out. Most of it’s similar to MM, so win-win.)