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mightygladers:

The Maze Runner opens in my country tomorrow and because I live in Singapore, the reviews of the movie here focus not on Thomas or Teresa but on the Asian character Minho and how he is portrayed to be a “strong, positive character” that is “free of stereotyping”. He “speaks without a ching-chong Asian accent, is not the comical foreigner, sinister force, kickboxer or a prop that adds to exoticism”. The cast is also praised to be feel properly multi-racial and multi-cultural.

And that’s what I feel is so important?? I picked up the entertainment segment of today’s newspaper wholly expecting a report on Dylan and his great acting and a bit about Teen Wolf and all but instead there was this and it was a pleasant surprise. I’m so glad the media here recognises it as what it is. It doesn’t attempt to liken it to The Hunger Games or any other YA dystopian like I’ve seen other interviewers do, but instead focuses on the diversity Wes brings to the screen, and how refreshing it is to see a character that feels real, instead of one that was made up by a writer who knew little about the culture, and who was just trying tick checkboxes on what he thought defined an Asian. I’m sick of media portraying my people to be the bad guy, being the weaker one to the supposedly superior white race or even being the comic relief by speaking broken English.

The book was and still is something very special to me and many others, and I’ll always be grateful that Wes has done such a great job of bringing this gem to life. It truly is one of the joys of being a book fan, seeing the whole process of it, from the announcement of the cast to the filming days to the promotional and press tours and movie reviews, and finally seeing it on the big screen :’)

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newyorker:

Evan Osnos on Ian Teh’s photographs of Chinese landscapes:

“It might be tempting to see Teh’s work as a retreat from our moment, a search for timelessness. That would be a mistake. This series is an alarm, an announcement of terrible beauty, heralding the advancing threat that we pose to our planet.”

Photographs by Ian Teh.

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The Best American Essays 2014 will be released next week. The publisher has also posted a list of the nominations online — we looked through them and picked out ten of the very best:

Joy by Zadie Smith
Thanksgiving in Mongolia by Ariel Levy
Seeing the Speed of Sound by Rachel Kolb
What Lies Beneath by William Langewiesche
Forty Thoughts on a Fourth Daughter by Mark Oppenheimer
The Old Man at Burning Man by Wells Tower
Wildcatting by Susan Elizabeth Shephard
The Ghost Writes Back by Amy Boesky
The Devil’s Bait By Leslie Jamison
Company Man by David Sedaris

Enjoy!

A fantastic selection of essays for the next time you’re in that nonfiction mood. 

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Ugh why do I have to go to work today? It’s a grey day in New York and my bed is so comfy and I’d rather stay in here snuggling and read these all day!

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oupacademic:

Paradoxes indicate there is something deeply flawed in our understanding of basic philosophical notions. Roy T. Cook studies them because they are both beautiful and complex.
Can you figure out this paradox puzzle?
Image: Frances MacDonald - A Paradox 1905. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

oupacademic:

Paradoxes indicate there is something deeply flawed in our understanding of basic philosophical notions. Roy T. Cook studies them because they are both beautiful and complex.

Can you figure out this paradox puzzle?

Image: Frances MacDonald - A Paradox 1905. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

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"The victor belongs to the spoils."

— F. Scott Fitzgerald (via amandaonwriting)

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npr:

With so much talk these days of bad screen time, what is good screen time? It’s a question that perplexes parents and educators alike.
Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static
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npr:

With so much talk these days of bad screen time, what is good screen time? It’s a question that perplexes parents and educators alike.

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

GIF credit: LA Johnson for NPR

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"The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one."

J.D. Salinger

(from The Catcher in the Rye. Frequently removed from classrooms and school libraries because it is “unacceptable,” “obscene,” “blasphemous,” “negative,” “foul,” “filthy,” and “undermines morality.”)

Banned Books Week

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"When you first hear Mozart’s music, your first impression is that it’s very alive, but if you peel away the layers, you can hear sorrow and sadness behind it, and that’s what I try to be: multi-layered."

Park Chan-wook (via thatlitsite)