my tumblr needed more glitter.
“A warning: If you rip, tear, shred, bend, fold, deface, disfigure, smear, smudge, throw, drop, or in any other manner damage, mistreat, or show lack of respect towards this book, the consequences will be as awful as it is within my power to make them.”
Irma Pince, Hogwarts Librarian (via themindofafictionbooklover)
not really, though. eat ice cream while reading and dribble on the page. spill coffee. break the spine. read in the tub. some books are impossible to put down, and ice cream must be eaten and coffee must be drank and sometimes people who live with you absolutely demand that you bathe.
as a librarian, i mostly care that you read. i’d rather replace a book that has been read and dog-eared and underlined and well-loved than have a pristine copy sit unread on a shelf.
respect books, but don’t treat them as sacred (unless they are rare texts and all). life is messy, and if books are a part of your life, they might get messy. and that’s okay with me.
Young, Gay, and Black in a Southern Town
In 2012, Preston Gannaway was living in Norfolk, Va., looking for a coming-out story to cover for the Virginian-Pilot, where she was a staff photographer. Gannaway met Tavaris “Teddy Ebony” Edwards, a 21-year-old gay man living in public housing in Chesapeake, Va., who came out when he was 16. Because Edwards represented several demographics rarely covered in the paper—gay, black, poor—Gannaway decided instead to focus on Edwards and his experience living in Virginia.
Gannaway ended up spending a year photographing Edwards while he was studying at Norfolk State University and Tidewater Community College. She documented him while he participated as a Spartan Guard in the Spartan Legion Marching Band at Norfolk State, as well as his involvement in the ballroom scene.
Throughout the project, she was pleasantly surprised not to see too much prejudice surrounding Edwards’ sexuality. “If someone is just keeping his head above water, struggling to keep the lights on and food in the fridge, he’s not going to be worrying about who some other guy is sleeping with,” Gannaway noted about living in a financially struggling community. “Family and community [are] very important. That seems to trump just about everything.”
Meng -Tang Chuang
'Potraits of Library Books', 2013
"The spines and titles become the identities of the books. I am trying to rebuild the library, placing books with their pages facing out. Reading the colors and the traces on the surface of the pages, which are left behind by people and time"
Why didn’t I think of this?!