1. joebfoster said: Hey guys! Any recommendations for a 14 year old kid who is looking for a book about gangs? Preferably with an African American protagonist.

    wordbookstores:

    There are a lot of good Walter Dean Myers (RIP) titles, especially Monster, Autobiography of My Dead Brother, and Scorpions. Might be a little out of date, but there’s also Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton. 

    And on the more mature autobiographical side — although most of these folks are recounting their teen years — there are a bunch.

    African-American protagonists: Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member; A Chance to Win: An Ex-Con, a Little League Team, and the Quest to Redeem an American City

    Latin protagonists: Lady Q: The Rise and Fall of a Latin Queen by Sonia Rodriguez; Always Running by Luis Rodriguez (who is now an award-winning poet); and My Bloody Life, by Reymundo Sanchez.

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  2. strandbooks:

So much better than a GIF.
theparisreview:

Happy Fourth of July from The Paris Review and George Plimpton.

What’s your Fourth of July weekend read?

    strandbooks:

    So much better than a GIF.

    theparisreview:

    Happy Fourth of July from The Paris Review and George Plimpton.

    What’s your Fourth of July weekend read?

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  3. You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all.
    Junot Díaz on race and representation in media (via medievalpoc)

    (via lauriehalseanderson)

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  4. Friday Finds (July 4)

    lavishliterature:

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    Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading, where you discuss books that you’ve discovered and added to your to-read list over the course of the week. These books don’t have to be ones that you’ve purchased – they can be books that you’ve borrowed, found online, heard about from a friend, etc.

    As always, if you’re interested in learning more about one of these books, click on the…

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  5. clotheshorsemen:

The New York Times The Sneaker Comes of Age http://ift.tt/1onRHwO

    clotheshorsemen:

    The New York Times The Sneaker Comes of Age http://ift.tt/1onRHwO

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  6. clotheshorsemen:

i-D Magazine Presents “Fantasy Football” http://ift.tt/1mUaFVo

    clotheshorsemen:

    i-D Magazine Presents “Fantasy Football” http://ift.tt/1mUaFVo

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