The Internet is a magical place.
So is South Plainfield, New Jersey.
Thank you, Rachel Fershleiser, Jeremy West and the amiable wife of Guy Gonzalez!
I have been wanting a photo of the intersection of Eleanor and Park since I wrote the book!
Welp, today has officially been worthwhile!
We are all part of Rachel’s army, it seems. :-)
I’m a big supporter of people getting worked up, to be fair. I’m all for discussing terms and people’s ideas about what they mean, because honestly I think agreeing on definitions is the first step to productive arguing.
Then again, the same people who get upset about the term “Dark Ages” are often the same people who are incensed when you point out that Eurasians gained immunity to diseases via centuries of rolling around in cow turds and drinking the same water they pooped in.
Much of the credit for European military success in the New World can be handed to the superiority of their weapons, their literary heritage, even the fact they had unique load-bearing mammals, like horses. These factors combined, gave the conquistadors a massive advantage over the sophisticated civilisations of the Aztec and Inca empires.
And then goes on to admit the truth:
They had never experienced smallpox, measles or flu before, and the viruses tore through the continent, killing an estimated 90% of Native Americans.
It’s pretty easy to defeat a continent with your superior literary heritage when 90% of them are already dead.
A new favorite Tumblr? I haz it!
In this gut-wrenching talk, Sergeant Andrew Chambers shares the haunting story of his time in Iraq and the tough transition home that landed him in jail. It’s a powerful testimony to the struggle our soldiers face when they come home, and the tragic ways that they can be denied the help they need.
For anyone looking to support a veteran, we encourage you to heed Chambers’ advice: "Find a veteran and listen to his story. A lot of us just need somebody to talk to."
Happy Veteran’s Day.
And now I’m crying, guys please watch this. It’s like 9 minutes I promise you it’s worth it
"Find a veteran and listen to his story." THIS.
No, Macklemore; THIS is fucking awesome!
—Stacey Barney, Putnam