English Cream Dachshund 

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Please. Do me this one favor, Jones. If you ever hear anyone, when you are back home—if you, if we, get back to our respective homes—if ever you hear someone speak of the East,” and here his voice plummeted a register, and the tone was full and sad, “hold your judgement. If you are told ‘they are all this’ or ‘they do this’ or ‘their opinions are these,’ withhold your judgement until all the facts are upon you. Because that land they call ‘India’ goes by a thousand names and is populated by millions, and if you think you have found two men the same among that multitude, then you are mistaken. It is merely a trick of the moonlight. —Zadie Smith, White Teeth

Fighting crime, trying to save the world.
Here they come just in time, the Powerpuff Girls.



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Clara’s inexplicable dedication to Ryan Topps knew no bounds. It transcended his bad looks, tedious personality, and unsightly personal habits. Essentially, it transcended Ryan, for whatever Hortense claimed, Clara was a teenage girl like any other; the object of her passion was only an accessory to the passion itself, a passion that through its long suppression was now asserting itself with volcanic necessity. Over the ensuing months, Clara’s mind changed, Clara’s clothes changed, Clara’s walk changed, Clara’s soul changed. All over the world girls were calling this change Donny Osmond or Michael Jackson or the Bay City Rollers. Clara chose to call it Ryan Topps. —Zadie Smith, White Teeth
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BuzzFeed: “Orange Is The New Black” Cast Superlatives With Samira Wiley And Matt McGorry 

Using public transportation in LA like






Book review: Every Day by David Levithan

I picked up this book on rave reviews.  After reading it, I’m torn—because while it’s just as beautiful as everyone says, its attempts at diversity and representation leave mixed results.

The narrator, A, is a mysterious entity who wakes up in a different body each day.  The hosts are similar in age, and they all live in the same geographical region, but everything else is a matter of chance—so A is at once raceless and every race, all genders and none.  For years, A has tried to live quietly, to leave the lives of their hosts as undisturbed as possible, but when A falls in love with a girl named Rhiannon, all the fragile order of their former rules breaks down.

The premise is intriguing, and when Rhiannon isn’t involved, it truly shines.  A’s experiences with depression and drug addiction are remarkably well-done, and Levithan’s simple, graceful prose packs a startling emotional punch.  However, A’s obsession with Rhiannon is more than a little disturbing, and while the end of the book attempts to address that problem, there are many in-between moments in which A’s behavior is accepted and even romanticized.

Furthermore, as much as A claims to be raceless and genderfluid, they come off in all bodies as white and male.  It’s a subtle vibe, but I expected better from David Levithan, especially since his exploration of sexuality is so thoughtful and sensitive.  The biggest disappointment was A’s experience in the body of a fat boy, which was riddled with so much unaddressed shame and disgust that it completely took me out of the story.

That being said, I don’t regret reading Every Day.  It doesn’t quite do its premise justice, but in its best moments it’s quiet and beautiful, bittersweet and philosophical.  Those moments—not plot or premise—are what give this story its heart.

Rating: ★★★


I hope Miss Claudette is okay.