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  • “ Coriolanus is caught between imploration to demonstrate his greatness as a soldier and his natural inclination to keep the consequences of such prowess private. It is the play’s great irony that the character at the heart of the narrative and who, according to theatrical convention can thus be expected to perform the greatest amount of speeches, is reluctant to the point of discourtesy. ”


    Anna Blackwell, “Adapting Coriolanus: Tom Hiddleston’s Body and Action Cinema,” from Adaptation.

    Anna Blackwell was recently named the recipient of Adaptation's 2014 Essay Prize. Read her paper free for a limited time.

    (via oupacademic)




    hmm, yoga is kind of girly #nohomo
    let’s rename it so it sounds manlier and make it just for the bros
    for the bros only




    DO you know why i am so angry about this
    its because yoga is a perfectly awesome sanskrit word
    and we can link it to the english yoke
    because yoke is like join (from Latin iungere FROM THE SAME ROOT GDI)
    and thus yoga is the union of heart mind and soul
    and related to zygote from greek as well (the joining of the gametes) AGAIN SAME PIE ROOT
    and why do people want to ruin this etymological gem for me because im a guy

    (via hermionejg)





    From today on Twitter: I often see “I wish [bestselling writer] would include POC/LGBT characters!” But There are other writers who do this. Support them.

    So, you’re suggesting I read books by authors I do not like, and/or that deals with subjects I am not interested in, simply because it has a PoC/LGBT character? 

    I wish certain authors would have diverse characters because these are the ones writing books I’m actually going to read. 

    And I wish bestselling artists would because no matter what their next book going to be about, it would get many readers and a lot of publicity. 

    Can you imagine what it would have been like for PoC and LGBT to have their group represented as one of the trio in Harry Potter? Or even just make Dumbledore openly and obviously gay? 

    This is what we need. It’s not that the public isn’t aware such people exists, but they are never in the mainstream media. Correct me if I’m wrong, but seems to me this is what all those PoC justice posts are preaching. 

    And best selling authors are the main streams of books, so we want them to include these characters. 

    Seriously? Do you honestly believe that bestselling books are anointed and raised up by some divine hand? Like THE CLAW HAS CHOSEN? And for some reason the claw keeps choosing straight white cisgendered protagonists written by straight white cisgendered authors? REALLY?

    Best selling authors don’t just HAPPEN to be in the mainstream media. Selling a lot of books MAKES someone a bestselling author and GETS mainstream media attention. But books are sold one at a time to readers who make choices about which books they want to support.

    If you want more diversity, you have to buy more diversely.

    And, look, I love me and I want everyone to read all my books all the time, but reading a book with a diverse cast written by JK Rowling or myself or any other white straight cisgendered writer isn’t the same as reading a book written by a person of color or a LGBTQ+ writer. It’s the difference between a secondary source and a primary source. But if you feel that FOR SOME REASON you can be absolutely sure that you’re not going to like a book you haven’t read because it isn’t already a bestseller, then I guess that’s you, but please, please, please don’t act like it’s some kind of positive political act.

    And don’t you dare talk that way to Malinda.


    You’ve made Holly angry.

    You don’t want to make Holly angry.

    Except maybe you do because Angry Holly drops truthbombs.

    Consider the history of borders. Starting with the Berlin Conference of 1884 when seven European countries carved out their stakes on the continent, Africa was gradually broken down into an illogical clutter of nation-states. The borders of these states had no regard for historical groupings and identities, and shifted depending on what was most politically and economically expedient for the colonising country. At different points during the first half of the century, for example, Burkina Faso was part of Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Mali and Senegal, before eventually coagulating as the Republic of Upper Volta.

    In the early 1960s, as more African states gained “independence” and moved towards establishment of the Organisation of African Unity, border blues drove one of the earliest rifts in continental politics. The “Casablanca group” of states led by Kwame Nkrumah advocated a radical approach to African unification, while the “Monrovia group” led by Leopold Senghor called for a more conservative approach, one that held the borders of nation-states in higher esteem.

    The Monrovia group won, and one of the first resolutions of the OAU was to endorse colonial borders. Today, there are only a few African countries – Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda and Seychelles – that allow all Africans either to enter without visas or to obtain visas upon arrival. For the rest, fellow Africans have to jump through hoops whose variations in complexity often reflect larger political dynamics. It seems that what has infiltrated our psyche even deeper than colonial geography is the spirit that inspired the origin of borders: perceptions of superiority and inferiority, the violence of competition for resources, selective openness determined by levels of perceived threat and historical animosity. And questions of historical clarity are chronically present.

    Where did the vision of division come from? How does it stay alive? Who teaches you to hate your neighbour? Official classifications along invisible lines were both symptoms and tools of oppression throughout the 20th century. In apartheid South Africa, pass books determined where and when Africans had the right to exist in their own land. In Rwanda, Belgium introduced identity documents with “ethnic” classifications, to nurture divisions in the incubator of rigid bureaucracy. Across the continent, people put arbitrary colonial divisions on paper and called them passports.

    —    Whether immigrating, emigrating or just passing through, Africans suffer among the greatest indignities of cross-border travel, abroad and on the continent. Paula Akugizibwe recounts how the hand-me-down tools of divide and rule perpetuate the abuse. (via dynamicafrica)

    “ Whatever pain achieves, it achieves in part through its unsharability, and it ensures this unsharability through its resistance to language. “English,” writes Virginia Woolf, “which can express the thoughts of Hamlet and the tragedy of Lear has no words for the shiver or the headache.” … Physical pain does not simply resist language but actively destroys it. ”

    —    Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain (via fishingboatproceeds)
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