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plain-flavoured-english asked: On the Lord of the Flies post going around, I'd like to add that the whole irony of Lord of the Flies is that the boys keep trying to imitate grown-ups, asking themselves 'What would the grown-ups do?" It's implied that the boys were being evacuated from a war zone, the 'beast' is a dead parachutist casualty who falls on the island, and at the end of the book they are rescued by a military ship. It's a commentary on the self-blind barbarism of so-called 'civilized' British masculinity.


Someone upthread said some things about how William Golding was a horrible person, but this was his intent.  It was culturally specific, not a parable about humanity.  And he wasn’t just criticizing British civilization à la Another Country.  He was criticizing British YA literature of the period - Enid Blyton is the example we’re familiar with now.  His generation would have seen war propaganda and YA literature effectively merge; look at Jessie Pope:



Who’s for the Game?

Who’s for the game, the biggest that’s played,
The red crashing game of a fight?
Who’ll grip and tackle the job unafraid?
And who thinks he’d rather sit tight?
Who’ll toe the line for the signal to ‘Go!’?
Who’ll give his country a hand?
Who wants a turn to himself in the show?
And who wants a seat in the stand?
Who knows it won’t be a picnic – not much-
Yet eagerly shoulders a gun?
Who would much rather come back with a crutch
Than lie low and be out of the fun?
Come along, lads –
But you’ll come on all right –
For there’s only one course to pursue,
Your country is up to her neck in a fight,
And she’s looking and calling for you.

(She’s talking about trench warfare.) 

(To high-schoolers.) 

He described the genesis of the book as him sitting at home and ranting about some terrible boy’s own book and saying to his wife, “I’m going to write about what would really happen!”  and his wife replying, “You do that, dear.” 

He didn’t think that children or people were evil, not like the Pearls do, but he had strong reservations about his civilization’s special pleading for violence. 

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friendly reminder that Blue is the warmest color is first and foremost a graphic novel written by an actual lesbian woman so you should put your money into that instead of a movie made by a lesbian-fetishist who made his actresses and movie crew go through hell during the shooting all the while disrespecting the lesbian community on location

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I’m sorry, but if you’re reading in a paper book, you’re not really reading. You’ll never feel the click of the buttons, you’ll never see the movement of the progress bar, you’ll never know that satisfying blink as you slide the e-reader on and off. It’s not reading without that.

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Guy Laramee.

Guy Laramee (previously featured) carves and paints books to resemble landscapes.  You can see more of his sculptures below:

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this is genius.

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Absolutely amazing polymer clay journals by © Anna Kolesnikova (Mandarin Duck). Take a look at her portfolio, it’s really something.

You can look around in her Etsy shop here.

Also she has a very cool YouTube channel filled with tutorials and all kinds of crafty videos.

Become a fan of her on Facebook here.

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Have you ever wondered where books come from?



Well then, let me show you, because that’s what I do for a living.

Right now, it’s this time of the year, and the little ones have just freshly hatched:


You’ll notice they’re still blind and naked when they hatch. So I make them little coats to keep them warm during their first winter:


See how they happily line up to put them on:


See? Better. Now they’re ready to go and explore the world.


And if they make it through the winter and we take good care of them, they will grow up to be strong and wise like their older fellows:


So, in case you were ever wondering, now you know.

oh my god baby books

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