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Newsday Tuesday

It’s back….in BLACK (ink).

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Favorite Tweets:

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Favorite Search Terms:

  • autograph for friends in english: Do I smell a penpal?
  • compare and contrast the hunger games venn diagram: I love that teachers google and get my blog, although I rarely put lessons up here.  I do have a teaching website, I suppose I could share it?
  • yesterday i devirginized my own story: This sounds both gut-wrenching and gut(tural)
  • thees girls make you drool.com: I feel like an eight year old googled this who isn’t ready for this stage in his own maturity.

Book News:


BOOKSTAGRAM

A lovely acquaintance, Mollie, made a bookish instagram for her editing called Molliereads (mohrediting.com).  AND it inspired me to make an instagram for bookishness and blogging and happiness and words and connecting.

Find me on Instagram @ bookishcassie

You can view my bookish life as it unfolds and we can share favorite books, book photos, and book comments together in a smaller platform.

See photos like the following:

BOOKSTAGRAM

BOOKSTAGRAM

YES. LET’S DO IT. If we can get a few followers from the blog maybe I’ll do Project 365 the Bookish Edition. That would actually be incredibly fun.  I’d have to read everyday for sure (not that I don’t, you know you have to get your before bed read on).


Newsday Tuesday

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Favorite Search Terms:

  • slashtopher coleman: I’m kind of excited that people search Slash this way.  Play coming out soon?
  • “i’m in my zen mode” “sherman alexie: Sherman has a “zen mode?” Does it involve scraping tiny rakes across sand planes under bonsai trees.  From now on, I will always capitalize author’s names when I google them.
  • buttcrack mechanic: I’m just….just why?

Book News:

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Comments on recent book news? The cat wants to know.  Thus…the speech bubble.  I really liked the adaptation of The Raven by Lou Reed, the article on Why that guy hates Dead Poet’s Society (valid points), and A Brief History of the To Do List because I, due to my Mother, am a list-maker.


Newsday Tuesday

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Favorite Search Terms:

  • i’ve always imagined heaven to be a kind of library: You and me both, googler.
  • burying book in the wall ai weiwei: This is a history lesson I must google to get…now.
  • johnny depp high school girlfriend: Yep, you got my blog.  OW OW! It’s filled with useless facts like this.

Book News:


Newsday Tuesday

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Favorite Search Terms:

  • poem test compared to bowel movement: I want to think this is a high school student so anxious about a poetry analysis test that they have to use the bathroom for a #2.
  • british authors by movement: Even I want to read the blog titled, “British Authors by (bowel) Movement”
  • dirty standardized test cartoons: When, WHEN, in what world, would you need to google this? Someone please comment with ideas.
  • i hate what you are doing: I just love that people google things like this & then they get my blog.

Book News:

Some Comments:

1. I do not condone Oprah’s book picks in the slightest.  I have, maybe once, liked a book that she recommended.  However, it has been snowing for 13 hours straight here and is supposed to continue for the next three days, so a wintry book list might just be good.

2. I chose the librarian’s picture with the cat shirt from Slate’s, “This Is What a Librarian Looks Like” article because she looks just like me as a first year teacher (and probably how I still look in my second year) trying to figure out how to dress like a teacher, or in her case, a librarian.  I am constantly wearing weird things that are in my own style, with things that “look like” what a teacher should “look like.”  For example, shoes covered in cats with a type writer necklace, paired with a black polka dot shirt under an orange wool knit sweater.  I already have weird style, but trying to add appropriate teacher wear to that has been interesting.  The girl…is wearing a cat sweater.  She’s a librarian after my own heart.

Example of Pet Peeve.

Example of Pet Peeve.

3. I make up words ALL THE TIME on this blog.  I’m sure people catch me sometimes, or they just scratch their heads like “Is that a word?” I totally encourage this ‘Made Up Word Project’ but not if in involves using words from text messages.  My biggest pet peeve is when people spell words wrong, but the word is the same length as the original, see example to the left. “Todai” is just as long as the actual word today, why….WHY. THIS CRUEL WORLD.

4. I read Kristen Stewarts’ poem in Marie Claire.  This is an example of why I don’t let my students use thesauruses until they’ve been through MANY, MANY drafts.  They either need to search their own vocabularies or brainstorm with the kid next to them. I mean, Turkish words in poems…while driving? I don’t think so Stewart, you don’t fool me.

5. Hunter S. Thompson is one writer I would raise from the dead if I could have that superpower.  I’d probably have to raise him about four times because he’s the kind of guy that would kill himself in any life.

6. I think it’s terrifying that writers cannot use their words to voice opinions that should be free…to be.  I am thankful everyday that I live in a country where free speech is available to me and I can blog about pretty much anything (even if I am flagged by the government) because this is a sincere part of our constitution.  I know that this right in our country is often called into question, however, we are not hanging the poets that give words to the people who are not allowed, or cannot for whatever reason, speak.

7. I am in the middle of teaching my students about propaganda’s use in wars and how it’s always a key aspect of brainwashing or convincing people on which side they should align.  I am disgusted with the ‘Gay Propoganda’ coming out of Russia.  This is my stance.  In truth, I am disgusted with all HATE propaganda. My favorite way to teach students about propaganda is by using the old Superman t.v. shows on Youtube created by American companies against the Japanese during WWII.

8. That Mojgani poem needs to be read for the hanging of this Iranian poet. That is all.


Newsday Tuesday

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Favorite Search Terms:

  • correct clothes for teaching: This was me for the entire summer of 2012. I hope I had something for you to look at.  Look on Pinterest or the blogosphere.
  • living bamboo maze: I hope this maze can be found somewhere near me so MAU and I can go.
  • poem anis mojgani she covers her body with tea cups: I haven’t heard of this one, but now I’m really interested.

Book News:


Newsday Tuesday

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Book News:


Newsday Tuesday

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Favorite Search Terms:

  • summer page breaks: As opposed to winter page breaks?
  • black slug rice paddy: I cant determine if this is a “bowel movement joke” or just a really disgusting search term.
  • eleanor and park books and bowel movements: Someone actually googled my review.  Love this.

Book News:


Newsday….Errrrr…. Tuesday: Slacker Edition

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Favorite Search Terms:

  • bookshelves with books: Did this really need googling?

Book News:


“Man Didn’t Kill Poetry. Men With Mustaches Killed Poetry.”

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I can’t help but think that all the girls in this story are somewhere filled with regret like a claw-foot tub and they each own an entire DNA strand of fractured creative genes.  Each one a little bit broken and a little bit lost, a road trip gone bad.   Girls that act broken all of the time from a childhood trauma, or a high school breakup.  You know all those essays that discuss the problems of the world with the huge and completely inadequate title of “daddy issues.”  This is a whole different conversation about the book that I need to obviously have with Slash Coleman.

I feel like Slash Coleman is the perfect guy for every single one of my Beyonce-style, single lady friends.  Ladies….

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I’m secretly hoping he’s going to laugh out loud at this since I just read his heartbreak of a memoir and feel like he’s lived next door to me for the entirety of my young adult girlhood.  He’s like that guy that your mom always hears rumors about in the neighborhood and she comes home saying, “Oh Cass, did you hear about Mrs. Coleman’s son, he’s been out on a compound, he’s been painting paper mache in the basement of a mansion, he’s been dating this girl with the name of a flower, but I can’t really remember what the name was exactly, she was blonde though, his mother says, if that tells you anything.  He’s attempting to write a book like you, isn’t that cute?  Two people on the street are trying to write books, adorable.  Now you go ahead and go back upstairs and continue your Pulitzer, dinner will be ready at five.”

“When you escape one crisis without resolution, you often unwittingly enter into a continuation of the very same crisis in a different location.” – Zinnia from Bohemian Love Diaries @ Garota Criatividade on We Heart It

There’s something intimate about reading the book of someone who is telling their own story.  You want to believe every single second about it.  Yes, of course Slash made corn bread after being told he couldn’t use milk at a weekend of rejuvenation retreats.   Then you think about your own memories and how your mind has dissected them and turned them each into a Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde of their own being.  My memories have become something that I can look at from my own viewpoint, but they certainly aren’t the whole truth.  That’s what I like about memoir.  If I went to Slash’s flower girlfriend today and asked her to read the few chapters about herself, would she remember it the same?  Probably not.  But that’s what stories are for, right?  We pass them down so they can form and change in other people’s perspectives.  This is also why we argue, we compromise, we vent, we conquer, so many of the stories we tell ourselves are stories that are made-up from true experience.  I love that, write, write, write, people.  Write yourself into a place that you’ve never been too, you can do that.  It won’t be memoir, but it will be that perfect balance of truth and lies.

Slash Coleman is a hero for college creative writer’s everywhere who were told what a great writer they were and then realize that writing is something you do everyday and not something you get rewarded for.  He’s also my personal hero for pointing out tiny flaws between the lines of his memoir with MFA programs.  It’s clear to me that Slash can write, and write well, and make me laugh out loud at the idea of a boy hacking at a tree (not my usual laugh-sequence), but it took him a serious journey to get to where he was writing down his own story.

I loved every embarrassing moment he shared, every moment that would never happen to me in my real life.  This is the kind of story where you say, “YES, now HE should write a memoir, look at the way he’s lived.”  It’s a bit Running with Scissors mixed with Mennonite in a Little Black Dress meets I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell has dinner with every six-word memoir book made at Smith, sleeps with Girl, Interrupted.  I think that pretty much covers it.  Slash puts the humanity into life’s scavengers.  He’s the creepy voice in all of us that tells us how awkward we are in normal situations.  The WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, JENNY. Except he’s actually living through his own oddness which is truthfully known as “creativity” to those of us that are odd.

Bohemian Love Diaries by Slash Coleman

I guess I should share the title.  Bohemian Love Diaries is a book of a boy growing up and learning how to be himself.  We all go through that “coming of age” story, but we definitely don’t do it all the same way.  It takes some of us longer, some of us need to travel by foot or plane, some of us need to chase others who are “coming of age,” or do something incredibly weird to realize that we just aren’t like everyone else and should Peter Pan our way into not aging.  There’s so many ways to “come of age” which is why I hate that book category, but I guess it can cover this memoir and Jane Eyre at the same time, why not.  Slash begins with his Jewish childhood (and the small hints that his mother is a “closeted Jew).  We learn about his tense relationship with his father and how they come together on terrifying fishing trips.  We also learn that his grandparents and mother were survivors of the Holocaust which I WOULD LIKE YOU TO WRITE THAT BOOK AS WELL, SLASH COLEMAN.  There was a need for all-caps because I found that hint of history so important to his story, and so important to the humanity within this book.  The Holocaust is the defining moment of crushing creativity in our people’s history.

In the middle of the book and throughout the rest, we read about Coleman’s history of important relationships.  We muddle through some relationships, but others are profound in the way we see ourselves.  I think it’s safe to say people have around 2-5 of these profound relationships in their lives.  I really enjoyed the coming clean of Coleman’s relationships because they show how couples can fall apart without the huge deal-breakers that people think end relationships.  It was a really strange, but natural way of showing how a relationship unfolds and why.  The best part of the relationship sections was reading how Coleman got through the after-break-up-ice-cream-gorging-phase.  It felt so real to me and almost uncomfortable in it’s honesty.  I love being uncomfortable when I read.

Moleskine which I suspect had a heavy-hand in the creation of this book. We need an ask Slash session to know for sure.

The book ends in a full-circle road trip with his father.  I won’t give it away, but it’s beautiful.  I don’t often say a plot is beautiful, I’m usually a word person, but the way that this bohemian discovers the truth of his father is devastatingly pretty.  Not girl-pretty, just something-floating-in-space-pretty.   This book won’t be hard to spot since the cover has a small child in underwear and a helmet, which just dawned on me makes complete sense to parts of this story.  I dare you to read it to get to the truth.


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