Lots of Black folks, myself included, have been worried about Quentin Tarantino’s treatment of slavery-era America in his upcoming film Django Unchained. Unlike with his previous releases, I was unable to get my hands on the screenplay when it was available online so I had no idea what to expect.
Well, the first trailer for the film premiered last week, attached to the release of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi action horror flick Prometheus. And after watching it, and rewatching it, and rewatching it again, I gotta say … I’m looking forward to Django Unchained.
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Tagged Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained, James Brown, Jamie Foxx, Johnny Cash, Leonardo DiCaprio, Prometheus, quentin tarantino, Ridley Scott, Roots
Yes. I am trying once again. In fact, I already posted today’s photo on Instagram, so I’m ahead of the game.
The list of challenges is above. Again, shout out to FatMumSlim, whomever she is, for coming up with these creative challenges.
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Tagged #JunePhotoADay, #PhotoADayJune, FatMumSlim, Instagram, Jay Fingers, June Photo Challenge, Photo Challenge
Those who lust for liquor and literature, such as myself, will be happy to know that tomorrow is the 2012 Brooklyn Lit Crawl.
Created by the deviant bibliophiles behind San Francisco’s Litquake, the Brooklyn Lit Crawl is exactly what you think it is: a book-and-booze fest that will feature over thirty authors (including my literary crush, author and New York Press columnist Amy Sohn) and fourteen separate events at ten different venues, including La Casita Yarn Shop, Camp, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut, and Book Court.
Oh yeah, and it’s all free.
View the entire schedule below.
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Tagged Amy Sohn, Book Court, Brooklyn, Camp, La Casita Yarn Shop, Lit Crawl, Litquake, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut
West coast publisher Weldon Owen created a nifty little infographic (because kids love their infographics) to explain exactly how a book is “born.”
Here’s the heartwarming, only slightly messy, and roughly 74 percent accurate story of how an idea churns through the publishing process just like—as a publisher we once knew put it—a rat travels through an anaconda. Don’t think too much about that analogy. Just enjoy this flowchart that takes you from a brilliant idea to a best-selling trade book.
As many of you know, I’ve been working on a short story entitled Kisses for Tati (formerly known as The Drums) for a couple years now. I don’t know why it’s taken so long for me to finish this particular piece, especially when I’m able to see the story so very clearly in my mind.
In any case, I feel I should share something with you guys, and since I’ve made some progress on Kisses for Tati, I’ve decided that’s what I’m gonna share. For those who don’t know, Kisses for Tati is about Tati (natch), a socially awkward young woman who meets the man of her dreams but whose hopes of happiness are threatened by her domineering older sister.
Check out the excerpt below: Continue reading
The folks over at Flavorwire compiled a list of the harshest rejection letters received by famous authors. The list includes literary luminaries like Gertrude Stein, Kurt Vonnegut, Sylvia Plath, Vladimir Nabokov, and Jack Kerouac. But my absolute favorite is the letter you see above, written by gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson to his biographer William McKeen.
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Tagged Flavorwire, Gertrude Stein, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Rejection Letters, Sylvia Plath, Vladimir Nabokov, William McKeen, writers
The above posted was designed by Mike Anderick for Denver, Colorado nonprofit literacy group Burning Through Pages.
The group’s goal is to “introduce new and updated literature to Denver’s youth [because] the literature assigned by public and private schools, while important, contains dated prose and often antiquated ideals. While the classics are classics for a reason, they are not always easily relatable to the current generation reading them.”