Backlash Tweets: Barnes and Noble Attempts Black History Month

Backlash Tweets: Barnes and Noble Attempts Black History Month

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Sooooo you may have heard about the Barnes and Noble Black History Month fiasco. Some folks sat in a board meeting and said, “hey guys, let’s get our literary blackface on.” Then proceeded to redo covers of books with white characters depicted as black characters. Instead of simple promoting black authors and black characters. We took to the Twitter streets to find the best tweets.  Ryan La Sala gives us a sneak peek on the Barnes and Noble take for Pride month: Just in!!! To celebrate pride month Barnes and Noble will be releasing gay editions of your favorite straight …

Adult Picture Books: 10 Dope Graphic Novels

Adult Picture Books: 10 Dope Graphic Novels

Graphic novels have become a staple in the literary world. These are not to be confused with children’s book by any means. Here are 10 dope graphic novels to satisfy your visual literary needs.   10. Onward Toward Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki image via tcj.com Shigeru Mizuki is the preeminent figure of Gekiga manga and one of the most famous working cartoonists in Japan today–a true living legend. Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths is his first book to be translated into English and is a semi autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of …

Let Thug Notes Help You With the Most Boring Books

Let Thug Notes Help You With the Most Boring Books

Classical Literature. Original Gangster.    Ever read books in the literary canon and think YAWN? Well, move over SparkNotes, there’s a new and improved way to get the gist of these novels without falling asleep. Whether for class or to be prepared for snooty dinner conversations, Thug Notes A.K.A. Sparky Sweets PhD will have you set to debate and engage in conversations and discussions about novels in the literary canon without having to turn a page.     What are the top 5 most boring works of classical literature? According to high school students these 5 books make the list …

Ram Dass: Pioneer of Mindfulness… and LSD

Ram Dass: Pioneer of Mindfulness… and LSD

Ram Dass AKA Richard Alpert 1931-2019 Image via NPR Richard Alpert was given the named Ram Dass (meaning ‘servant of God’) by  a Hindu mystic and played a critical role in laying out information in regards to meditation, mindfulness, and overall mind health to mainstream Americans. Originally born in Massachusetts to a Jewish family, Ram was inspired by a Hindu guru and created his practice around principals of consciousness, devotion, karma, yoga and Zen Buddhism. He earned a degree in Psychology and was a well-respected professor in his field. He explored Hinduism in India and psychedelics at Harvard which help …

5 Poets to Remind You Poetry Isn’t Boring

5 Poets to Remind You Poetry Isn’t Boring

Poetry is always around but never really fore frontal in the literary community. Poetry seems to be deemed as sort of the bastard child of the writing world, and you may be thinking.. well yeh, why should folks be paying attention to poetry anyway? Here’s why: poetry is everything we do in life, the beauty, the heartbreak, the frustration, the anxiety, the ugly.. all of it, literally all of it.  Poetry captures and encapsulates the human experience in whimsy and word play, in language and love. If you are adverse to poetry, ask yourself why? What turns you off to …