“Let’s get one thing out of the way: Mexican immigration is an oxymoron. Mexicans are indigenous. So, in a strange way, I’m pleased that the racist folks of Arizona have officially declared, in banning me alongside Urrea, Baca, and Castillo, that their anti-immigration laws are also anti-Indian. I’m also strangely pleased that the folks of Arizona have officially announced their fear of an educated underclass. You give those brown kids some books about brown folks and what happens? Those brown kids change the world. In the effort to vanish our books, Arizona has actually given them enormous power. Arizona has made our books sacred documents now.”—
Sherman Alexie is a poet, short story writer, novelist, and filmmaker. His book “The Lone Ranger and Tonto’s Fist Fight in Heaven,” was on the banned curriculum of the Mexican American Studies Program.
Northern Lights!: “unless something extraordinary happens, you shouldn’t worry about the world ending tomorrow. It won’t. But keep your eyes open for auroras happening near you. Those living up north in particular should have a great show over the next two days.”
“I’m not sure exactly the kind of meeting we are going to because some meetings we have been invited to before, we were supposed to just sit there and listen and not really ask any questions. Later on we’d find out it was a meeting where we were consulted.”—
Chief Darrell McCallum of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation on preparing for a meeting of Canadian Chiefs and the Prime Minister of Canada.
Yeah, that’s right. The government tells us they consult with Natives on national and provincial issues, but really our Chiefs were basically told to sit there and shut up.
This is my government telling me how worthless my voice, as a Native Canadian, is. I seriously don’t have the words to explain how depressing knowing this is - knowing that the government invites Chiefs to the capitol to be ignored.
“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination.On a cold, rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead.”—
Caitlin Moran, The Times newspaper, 8th December 2011.
Seen in the CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) magazine, CILIP Update, Jan 2012 edition.
A great quasi-academic analysis of Degrassi: “Legacy: Excepting the bloated spin-off series, Degrassi’s legacy would be this air of modesty it cultivated. Looking back without the rose-coloured lenses of nostalgia, Degrassi looks humble, even downright cruddy, even for Canadian TV. It has that flat, Peanut Butter Solution-ish quality that makes it seem not just cheap, but almost illicit. Of course, watching a TV show aimed at adolescents that sexualizes a denim-bound teenage butt in the opening credits should probably make you feel dirty.”