“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”—Roald Dahl (via infinityceases)
Tomorrow I’m off for a week of adventuring/food eating/mission visiting … and Texas Library Association conference attending. Huzzah! I hope to see many fellow tumblarians there - do flag me down and say hi if you spot me!
I recently read the novel Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which is an excellent book that has nothing to do with linguistics. Despite that, I ended up noticing something linguistically interesting about the characters’ names, specifically that of Cather,…
Allthingslinguistic on Fangirl & dialects of American English.
When I say “pin” and “pen,” they sound the same. How about you?
Let's talk this whole thing out. Thoughts, feelings, general dread, etc.
Oh, Caroline Lee. Will Pemberley Digital never let you remain a character in your own right? Must you be a stand-in for all of Austen’s antagonistic female characters? Will I next find out you were secretly engaged to Edward Ferrars?
Spoilers for Emma and today’s Emma Approved.This post is a long one, folks.
“One day I’m going to be….. a pirate. Or a librarian. They both run around, like, doing strange things that nobody else can see, until suddenly [screams and flails arms wildly] AHA!!!!….. and then you know. Either a pirate or a librarian has been here, and it’s good. So good. Better. I like that. That’s what I want to be.”—When a librarian overhears a rather innocent question from a parent to a child, which evolves into a complete validation of his career choice (via whenalibrarian)
Hey, I'm sorry if this is super weird, but you're beautiful, and I wondered if you'd ever thought about doing any topless pics?
Thank you for your kind inquiry. If you do not mind, I will impart some gentle advice to guide you in further communications.
Weigh the probability. I am an author of books for young adults. Does it strike you as likely that I would go casting about in my public tumblr box for people to take photos of my chesticular bookends? Normally, I find questions about books. And while everyone likes a change now and again, there is such a thing as too much change. If you were to work the numbers, what do you think the actual chances were that I was going to reply in the affirmative? Were they high? If they were, it seems within reason that you might have been in a similar condition. No. The chances were never good. So either you are an eternal optimist (and we certainly need optimists), or this was written with some other intent in mind.
I realize you didn’t come to me looking for advice on how to communicate, much in the same way that I did not come to you looking to have topless pictures taken—but here we are together. Let us make the most of it!
The key to any effective letter is this: know your audience! Everything stems from that critical piece of knowledge. You had a moment of self-awareness in the first part of your sentence. Pause there and reflect. Asking women you don’t know (or often those you do) if they want to take some topless pictures is almost a guarantee of weird. This is why Hallmark doesn’t make a “how about some topless pictures?” card. You hovered on the edge of wisdom, and you retreated. Do not retreat, my friend.
With that, I must offer my regrets. But I do not want to leave you without recourse. Have you heard of the author Nicolas Sparks? Perhaps you could make a similar inquiry to him? Or would that not be appropriate?
Lexus is giving away $2,500 to someone who shaved their heads for St. Baldricks. We just needed to submit a short video explaining why we wanted to win.
They’re also giving away $1,000 to one lucky voter.
We’d LOVE to go to LeakyCon SO BADLY. We were so upset last year when we couldn’t take our girls for their 11th birthday. I don’t know if that amount would actually be enough to get us to FL for LeakyCon, but it can’t hurt to try.
“The experience of food is sensual. It is also first-hand. That is, while it’s fun to read recipes and look at photographs of table settings in Gourmet magazine, no one I know considers this a substitute for eating. The experience of buildings is sensual, too. Yet many of us get our first glimpses of buildings - particularly celebrated buildings - as images in books, magazines, newspapers, public lectures, and exhibitions.”—Witold Rybczynski in The Look of Architecture
Many of you already know about some of the recent events concerning various YouTube performers and allegations of sexual misconduct. When I read about this (and it seems to come and come right now), I thought, “I have nothing to add to this.” So I just watched. And was sad. And also heartened by…
Auntie MJ drops some words of wisdom on the masses.
Hello! I don't know you and don't want to sound rude by coming in your inbox, but I just saw the little debate over your last anon on my dash. I just wanted to tell you that in most fandom it's indeed considered rude to tag criticism / hate with the general fandom tag (here "emma approuved"). It's not about censoring such posts, just not making them appear in the general tag so fans don't have to deal with negativity when they don't want to. I hope it helps you understand anon's reaction!
I know some people consider it rude. I don’t agree. I think it’s rude to expect people behaving reasonably in a public space to censor themselves according to your preferences and then to be abusive when they don’t. I’ve been in fandom for almost 15 years. I’ve seen this before. I’ve seen 80 incarnations of it.
The following is not in response to the asker. This is my opinion.
Would you go to the public library and ask them to take all the books on unicorns off the shelves because you don’t like unicorns? If you would, you might want to stop and think about that. You’d likely ask people not to bring unicorns into your home, or send you photos of them.
No one owns the tags. They are a public list of links in a public space that millions of people can see.
I didn’t care to have irate anons leaving me ask messages. So I turned off anon asks. Expecting the world or the internet to tailor itself to your taste is a recipe for disappointment. You have to take responsibility and use the tools that are freely available.
The internet is in our homes and on our phones with us and can seem like our personal space, but it’s not.