oh my god…. kevin spacey…. doing… talk dirty…..with jimmy fallon…
All the books and series.
You think I’m joking, but the most important thing isn’t that you read a specific series over another—for me, my childhood was Harry Potter and historical fiction and every series about unicorns I could get my hands on; for others it was the paperback Star Wars series, or Animorphs, or Golden Compass, or Percy Jackson, or Babysitters, or Narnia or Artemis Fowl, or Tortall, or or or—
I think kids should read everything. Bad books, good books, trash books, every genre, of many lengths. There’s no one series that’s guaranteed to hit every child where they live—kids have reading preferences too!—so have them read what they want. Let them tear through a hundred thousand different versions of “Teen girl discovers only she can save the world (and make out with Angsty Boy)!” or “historical boy must navigate the Revolutionary War/Old West/World War II/etc.” Encourage them to go to the library and check out whole stacks and only read three. Recommend things you loved as a kid. Recommend best sellers. Let them read those—or not. The important part is the reading.
The minute we treat reading like it’s eating vegetables or brushing your teeth, like it’s something that has to be done for vaguely moralistic reasons, you have ruined reading. That’s why so many adults have a stack of “Classic Literature” that they never get to, because reading isn’t about making your way down some list of What You Ought To Put In Your Eyeballs To Be A Person Who Reads. Only reading makes you a person who reads, and only reading what you enjoy makes you someone who loves reading.
So I think it’s important for children to read all the books, and especially ones that speak to them. Reading is about tearing through paperbacks at lunch and hiding under your covers with a flashlight (though I suppose kids these days could use their smartphone) on a school night, and reading whatever tickles your fancy, no matter how inane, no matter how wish-fulfillment, no matter how seemingly banal. It’s not the book that matters, it’s the reader.
Or, you know. Something equally cliche~
rainbow wizard lessons
my submission for this month’s loopdeloop
New Home Is Where The Internet Is! Tumblr’s 10-page limit is keeping me from posting the whole thing, so head on over to the webcomic to read the rest (plus a blog post with Paris photos and doodles).
I’m going to Strasbourg tomorrow!!! I’m so excited. We might take a day trip into Germany and the Black Forest 8-D AHHHHHH. Back soon, love and hugs~
-Your friend Tally
This is one of the few autobiographical slice of life comics I enjoy, and man, I sure do enjoy it.
Man, this is such a nice read. I pretty much went (am) still going through this, and my trip to california was a sort of ‘break away’ from living in these exact, if not worse conditions. Taking care of yourself is good, but realizing that you’re handicapping yourself to a very bad situation is terrifying enough to kick you into experiencing the world.
This weeks theme: PRODUCTIVITY! All entrepreneurs need some tips and tricks to keep us on top of our game!
I LOVE THIS
This is amazing, but I get the worst anxiety
Average size mannequin with average size woman.
The problem, in one picture.
I never realized until seeing this picture that my interpretation of an average size woman has become REALLY SKEWED oh my god I wanna cry