June Jordan Quote

March 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

We sometimes love to sit with a good quote.  This one, from poet June Jordan, is killer: “My mother murdering me/
to have a life of her own…My father raising me/to be a life that he/owns.”

We thought of posting this on Thanksgiving.  Aren’t you glad we’re not complete cynics?


Diana Wynne Jones RIP

March 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

We at Arthur are of a certain age, which is to say, we were all tweens during the Great Fantasy Uprising for Tweens, or at least that is what we call it.  This was a moment, about ten years ago, in parallel with Harry Potter becoming big, when there was a new deluge of young adult fantasy and a resurrecting and rediscovering (and, in some cases, repackaging) of material for youngish readers.  We were those readers, and for many of us, those books were influential and important.  So with a heavy heart we’d like to bid Diana Wynne Jones adieu, to that great fantasy library in the sky.  We’ll always remember you fondly.

The However

March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Are you reading our friend and member Christine’s blog yet?  Because if you aren’t, you’re missing out on some serious hilarity.  Childhood reminiscing, the greatest lists and graphs since Indexed went downhill, and analysis of the massive nerd opinion divider that is the Wheel of Time series, among other things.  JUST READ IT.

Royal Failures

March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Are you following the wedding of William and Kate?  We aren’t.  We’ve been busy with writing avant-garde poetry, dialogue-less comics, and trashing bad art with good art masquerading as graffiti.  (And studying.  Did we mention we were students?  We study.  Sometimes.  When we feel it.  When we can’t sleep, same thing.)

But we’re really loving all these silly things made for the wedding.

The Bronx Slave Market

March 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

You may have noticed, with a founder like Erin Wisti, an about-to-break-into-creative-nonfiction-stardom, that we’re big on the genre.  Today we’re reading Marvel Cooke’s The Bronx Slave Market.  Basically, Cooke pretends to be poorer than she is and goes undercover working as a maid.

There are so many amazing moments in this piece, it’s hard to pick out only one, but we love when Cooke talks to these other day maids.

Lalah Hathaway

March 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

We love an opportunity to check out a new artist, from any genre.  Today, we’ve been all over hip hop, jazz, and other funky things, even this smooth jazz/gospel queen, Lalah Hathaway.  Excuse us as we groove the rest of the day away.

Digital Underground’s “Doowutchyalike”

March 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Because we’re still on our 9os kick, this little gem, which exists in the mostly forgotten realm of rap between the 80’s and gangsta rap.  There’s something delightfully lo-fi about this, if that term can be used to describe a rap song.

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