the-handmaids-tale

@midwestmumblings asked for golden girls, so here is the first (well, second to the handmaid’s tale, i guess lol) post in my series of hand lettered (using the procreate app) tv show quotes!

if you like, please feel free to reblog or share (with credit kindly, please & thank you)!

more soon!

anonymous asked:

Summer book anon here. I like pretty much all genres (except fantasy) as long as it is a good, thought-provoking story. I just sent in my primary medical school application and spent the 6 months before that studying for MCAT, so I'm looking forward to some downtime. What would you read if you were returning from a 6 month pleasure reading hiatus?

Ooohhhh, good luck! Here are some of my favorites.

Station 11
I, Elizabeth
Bel Canto
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Americanah
Homegoing
The Name of The Rose
American Gods
Baudolino
Stiff
Gulp
Olive Kitteridge
The Invention of Wings
Sacred Hunger
The Bone People
Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies
The Egyptian
All Aunt Hagar’s Children
Hotel Du Lac
Grendel
Life After Life
She’s Come Undone
The Poisonwood Bible
The Woman Who Gave Birth To Rabbits
The Lacuna
The Cider House Rules
Andorra
The Handmaid’s Tale
Nicholas and Alexandra
The Poisoner’s Handbook

I could go on for pages, but hopefully you find something good in here!

The newspaper stories were like dreams to us, bad dreams dreamt by others. How awful, we would say, and they were, but they were awful without being believable. They were too melodramatic, they had a dimension that was not the dimension of our lives. We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.
—  Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid’s Tale
arts.

i did procreate designs of quotes inspired by several of my favorite tv shows as a series; the handmaid’s tale (already shares), the golden girls, unbreakable kimmy schmidt, moone boy, sherlock, parks & rec. working on the office and the walking dead too (didn’t love how my first attempts came out for those two). i did a few other random quotes & things too.

any you’d want to see first? i will share them all, but i feel like i should parcel them out lol.

Orange is the New Black is the most successful show in Netflix’s history and The Handmaid’s Tale is the most successful in Hulu’s. And now Wonder Woman is being hailed as the movie that has “saved” the DC franchise. It’s almost like people are actually interested in seeing more of women’s stories on screen instead of the same tired shows centered around flawed male heroes that the mainstream machine has churned out a million times before.

nytimes.com
Margaret Atwood on What ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Means in the Age of Trump
Atwood on whether her dystopian classic is meant as a “feminist” novel, as antireligion or as a prediction.
By Margaret Atwood

TW for sexual assault, gender violence

“Which brings me to three questions I am often asked.

First, is “The Handmaid’s Tale” a “feminist” novel? If you mean an ideological tract in which all women are angels and/or so victimized they are incapable of moral choice, no. If you mean a novel in which women are human beings - with all the variety of character and behavior that implies - and are also interesting and important, and what happens to them is crucial to the theme, structure and plot of the book, then yes. In that sense, many books are “feminist.”

Why interesting and important? Because women are interesting and important in real life. They are not an afterthought of nature, they are not secondary players in human destiny, and every society has always known that. Without women capable of giving birth, human populations would die out. That is why the mass rape and murder of women, girls and children has long been a feature of genocidal wars, and of other campaigns meant to subdue and exploit a population. Kill their babies and replace their babies with yours, as cats do; make women have babies they can’t afford to raise, or babies you will then remove from them for your own purposes, steal babies - it’s been a widespread, age-old motif. The control of women and babies has been a feature of every repressive regime on the planet. Napoleon and his “cannon fodder,” slavery and its ever-renewed human merchandise — they both fit in here. Of those promoting enforced childbirth, it should be asked: Cui bono? Who profits by it? Sometimes this sector, sometimes that. Never no one.”

Read the full essay by Margaret Atwood here

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood