Pretties, the second book in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series. Finished Libba Bray’s Going Bovine last week (and loved it so much I lent it to a friend for her to read the very next day), and decided to get back to the world of Tally and Co.
Is dislike of you favorite music artist a deal breaker?
It feels slightly petty to say yes, but I honestly think that a serious dislike of any of my top 5 would be a deal breaker for me. Maybe indifference wouldn’t be, but dislike or hate… I mean, who wants to continuously have that fight for the rest of your life?
“And more importantly, what authors mean doesn’t really matter, I don’t think. What’s important is that critical reading can be a way into thinking quite deeply about questions that are difficult and complicated. And not in some, like, boring and abstract way, like ‘Ohh, in Moby Dick, white is a symbol for nature’s ambivalence to man,’ but instead in a concrete and totally interesting way like, nature’s complete indifference to you, as expressed by the color white in Moby Dick, is something that you had better get your head around or else you’re going to end up like Captain Ahab! So it’s not so much about uncovering secret mysteries for the sake of uncovering secret mysteries, it’s about using story as a way into thinking about our actual lives and how we’re actually living them.”—John Green, in his latest video. (I agree). (via asmuchasmyselfastoyou)
“'You people slay me,' she says with a laugh, and there's an edge to it. 'Always worrying, “What will happen? What's next?” Always everywhere but where you actually are. You just don't get it.'
‘Here. Now. This.’ She gestures wide, turns around. ‘This is it, cowboy. The whole ride. Pay attention.’”—Going Bovine by Libba Bray, page 305
I believe that as writers and educators, we have a shared responsibility to give teenagers every opportunity to encounter everything that books can do.
This is the business, right? It is not just reading for the sake of reading. Literacy is important. Literacy is vital, but literacy is not the finish line. Literature is not just in the business of See Jane Run. Literature is in the business of helping us to imagine ourselves and others more complexly, of connecting us to the ancient conversation about how to live as a person in a world full of other people.