Hi, I'm Zoe, and I'm slightly crazy. I joined Tumblr because someone told me it was a great way to meet young women with loose morals. (Sure hope that's true, cause Facebook and MySpace were total disappointments, what with all those restraining orders.) I enjoy reading books, playing video games, and making amateur porn. Warning: I have been called long-winded. This does not refer to my hot blow job skills
I met him once. When I went to DisneyWorld in Florida. He hugged me and told me he liked my hair (it was wavy and pink that summer, which he then proceeded to touch) and my little sisters outfit (she was dressed as Alice). Love his dude. He’s the most adorable little shit.
lol how great would it be to get to spend your days pretending to be your favorite disney character? I mean really. Why didn’t I pursue that as my job?
And I don’t know how much of this is true, but all the videos and gif sets I see of this Peter Pan guy are hilarious.
Antonio Vanegas, usually soft-spoken, finally had enough. After getting paid below minimum wage for two years in a federally-owned building, he participated in a one-day strike with hundreds of others. Antonio demanded that President Obama pay him and two million others like him a living wage, the minimum someone needs to earn to meet their basic needs. How did the Obama administration’s respond? By putting Antonio into deportation proceedings.
This isn’t just about Antonio. It’s about how immigrant workers are kept from fighting for better working conditions and it’s about the almost two million others who are getting paid poverty level wages through government contracts. They’re counting on us to step up now.
The film, which was nominated for an Oscar, caused an outcry after its release in 2009, with the Nigerian government demanding an apology from filmmakers and banning it from local cinemas.
Okorafor put her anger to a more positive purpose, using it as the inspiration for an ambitious new novel, Lagoon.
She describes Lagoon, as “a story about humanity at the crossroads between the past, present, and future, Lagoon touches on political and philosophical issues in the rich tradition of the very best science fiction.”
We caught up with her to discuss the new project:
Tell us about the book?
It’s about an alien invasion in the city of Lagos and how Lagosians of all walks of life handle it.
Why did you decide to write it?
I started writing it as a screenplay for Nollywood director Tchidi Chikere. He and I were both deeply irritated with the South African science fiction film District 9′s abysmal stereotyping of Nigerians. Once I started writing it, it quickly became something other than a response to District 9; it became its own story with its own soul.
How happy were you to have it acquired by publishers Hodder & Stoughton?
I was ecstatic when Hodder & Stoughton made the offer. Lagoon is an ambitious novel. It’s biting political satire, creative, literary, it features many different points of view (which is very different from the stories I usually I write. I prefer to stay with one character), there’s a lot of Pidgin English, and it’s got aliens in Lagos. Because of all this, I didn’t expect it to be an easy sell, if it sold at all. But Anne Perry (the editor who acquired it) immediately connected with and understood what I was doing in this novel. It was like planets aligning- unlikely, but when it happened, logical and right.
By calling it Lagoon, one would expect a lot of adventures with water (and maybe flooding). Is that a particular fascination for you?
Oooooh yes, there’s a lot that happens in the water (though much of it is off the coast where the “shop” lands. I was initially going to have it land in the Lagos Lagoon, but I needed deeper water). I was originally going to call it Lagos. But then I could just hear certain Nigerians snarking, “Who is this American Nigerian to have the nerve to name her novel after my city?” I wasn’t in the mood for that conversation, so I translated the word “lagos” to the English meaning of it name. “Lagos” means “lagoon” in Portuguese. And yes, there is flooding.
I love and am terrified of the water, particularly the ocean. I go to the ocean to calm down, to reconnect with the creator, to just be happy. I like swimming, too, of course, haha. And I love ocean life. I’m fascinated that so much of it remains unexplored by human beings. Diluted seawater consisted of nearly the same concentration of elements and minerals as blood plasma. They’ve got the same amount of sodium, too. Sea water has even been used successfully in blood transfusions in animals. We all came from the water. As is said more than once in the novel, “Water is life”. As someone who has also written for kids, I’m wondering if there is any consideration for them in this one, of if it’s a totally adult novel.
This one is purely an adult novel, though I think some of my older teen readers will enjoy it, too (18+).
So I read that it’s going to be a three-book deal. Is that a trilogy, or just a chance to get three different books published at a time of your choosing?
It’s not a trilogy. There may be a part two, who knows. But that’s not my original intent. I don’t tend to do sequels; too many stories in my head. I know what the second novel with Hodder & Stoughton will be. That one is linked to (the earlier novel) Who Fears Death.
So, I’m in to read this, when it’s out and I have the cash. Awesome project both in itself and as a response to District 9, which I did love, but also found very flawed. Not just the racism - it did not remotely pass the Bechdel test.
Such a humble, sensitive dude who literally saved lives and all the media (white corporations) & stupid people can think to do is make a joke out of him. Black men can only be clowns or killers regardless of what we do for other people or for ourselves no matter how selflessly it’s done.
We can literally save White people’s lives and STILL be a damn joke to the very people we saved.
“The demands by women’s groups went beyond the present set of gains enacted into law. Likewise, the Verma recommendations were far reaching, requiring institutional and ideological changes that prevent and facilitate the implementation of legislative changes enacted. What sets this moment apart from the three decades of uphill advocacy by women’s groups for law reform advocacy by women’s groups, was the ownership of the cause by a wide cross section of society. From a concern limited to the women’s constituency, the call to end impunity for sexual violence was owned and echoed across progressive groups and constituencies, paving the way for the most consolidated set of reforms witnessed in relation to sexual violence thus far. The Justice Verma Committee recommendations sets out the blue print for other changes that must follow, transforming the agenda from a limited one of law reform to a larger one for prevention and institutional change. Legal transformation is inevitably a slow and contested process, and must plod at its pace. The more challenging aspects for the future relate to implementation, accountability of the law enforcement machinery, and the creation of support services that enable survivors to access and journey through the legal system with dignity and confidence. The gains of this moment are not limited to the its legislative achievements, but lie in the endorsement by the Verma Committee report to women’s rights demands in the period that follows.”
[image description: a scan of two old-looking pages. On one side is all illustration of Deborah Sampson. On the other side is the title page “The Female Review: Or, Memoirs of an American Young Lady” with further description below it.]
(Image courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society)
Deborah Sampson Gannett was born in 1760 outside Plymouth, Massachusetts. In May 1782, dressed as a man, she enrolled in the Continental Army under the name Robert Shurtliff. She fought in several battles until she was discovered, after being wounded in 1783, to be a woman. She received an honorable discharge and in 1785 married Robert Gannett.
Sampson Gannett was relatively unknown until 1797 when, in conjunction with the writer Herman Mann, she published a narrative of her time as a cross-dressed Revolutionary soldier. It was titled The Female Review: or, Memoirs of an American Young Lady, Whose Life and Character Are Particularly Distinguished - Being a Continental Soldier, for Nearly Three Years, in the Late American War.
The work was a straightforward tale that touched on the author’s homosexuality through descriptions of titillating, affectionate interactions with women. Sampson Gannett’s intention in publishing the narrative was to gain public attention for her attempt to be awarded a military pension. In 1802 Sampson Gannett commenced a series of public lectures about her life. Near the end of the presentations, she left the stage, returned dressed in her Army uniform, and executed complicated and physically taxing military drills.
Her presentation was extremely popular in Boston, and she repeated it in other New England cities. In 1816, after years of petitioning and with help from Paul Revere, Sampson Gannett was finally awarded the full pensions she deserved by both the state of Massachusetts and Congress.