"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."
— Frederick Buechner
I'm a writer obsessed with anthropology and nature shows. Also dragons. And I wrote a book called CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS (HarperCollins, 2013) about a girl in a caste-based society who has to solve a murder.
This is where I get my ideas.
98 year old dobri dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war, walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of sofia, where he spends the day begging for money.
though a well recognized fixture around several of the city’s chruches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — towards the restoration of decaying bulgarian monasteries and churches and the utility bills of orphanages, living entirely off his monthly state pension of 80 euros and the kindness of others.
So I have a lot of feelings every single time I hear that people are “angry” or “annoyed” or whatever that they can’t find ONE SINGLE YA BOOK IN THE ENTIRE YA SECTION FOR BOYS TO READ and YOUNG MEN ARE FAILING BECAUSE GIRLS ARE TAKING OVER LITERATURE and HOW CAN BOYS POSSIBLY BE…
These sculptures are created with such mathematical precision that the image can only be seen as a reflection. To get this effect the London-based artist, Jonty Hurwitz, first scans a 3D object, then distorts it with a computer using π algorithms. His final pieces, made from steel, resin, perspex, or copper, have to be viewed next to a round reflective cylinder – only then do the objects come into focus.
The ask: “I think one of the main reasons why people have this “White girl princess” attitude is because most of the really popular fairy tails originated in Europe, which is shockingly where white people are from. There are so many great fairy tails from plenty of other cultures that deserve more…