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Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry.
She registered for the race under the gender-neutral “K. V. Switzer. Race official Jock Semple attempted to physically remove her from the race, and according to Switzer said, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend Tom Miller, who was running with her, shoved Semple aside and sent him flying, and other runners provided a shield for her. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines.

Was just talking about this to my mother the other day…Katherine Switzer’s interview in The Makers is pretty awesome.

femininefreak:

intimesgonebyblog:

Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry.

She registered for the race under the gender-neutral “K. V. Switzer. Race official Jock Semple attempted to physically remove her from the race, and according to Switzer said, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” However, Switzer’s boyfriend Tom Miller, who was running with her, shoved Semple aside and sent him flying, and other runners provided a shield for her. The photographs taken of the incident made world headlines.

Was just talking about this to my mother the other day…Katherine Switzer’s interview in The Makers is pretty awesome.

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An Abundance of Authors (to read after John Green)

There have been a lot of requests for John Green lately.

When the desired tome is not on the shelf, I must turn to the crestfallen face of a budding Nerdfighter and watch the sparkle dim from their eyes.  Well, no longer!  DFTBA and check out one of these books.  (I have subdivided them by different JG criteria; but they definitely overlap.  Someone rustle me up a Venn diagram.)

Stayed Up All Night Reading & Crying:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The book made me cry.  The movie made me cry.  They both also made me fistpump for the oddballs and those brave enough to try and voice the tangle of emotions that make our lives worth it.

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick
I have been pushing this book on anyone who will listen ever since I read it four years ago.  The author has earned well-deserved recognition for another book you may have heard of:
The Silver Linings Playbook.

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Taylor hasn’t been to the family’s summer cabin in five years, since she was 12.  But this is the summer her father is dying, and he has asked all the family to be there.  What happened five summers past between Taylor and her best friend?  Can Taylor make things right again, even as she faces losing her father?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This book has been causing a kerfuffle for…well, I’m not allowed to tell you.  But it involves summer, family secrets, old money, star-crossed love, and lies.

Quirky Friends:

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
I enjoy a book where characters spend time doing what a lot of us do: hanging out.  In between fighting an evil necromancer and dealing with werewolves, Sam and his co-workers from Plumpy’s watch
Beastmaster and have funny conversations.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Greg and Earl have an outside-of-school friendship based on video games and re-creating Werner Herzog movies.  They befriend one of Greg’s old Hebrew school classmates, who is dying of leukemia, and attempt to make a movie about her.  It does not go well.

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Shortly after he is diagnosed with Mad Cow Disease, Cameron is visited by an angel who sends him on a road trip to save the world.  Joining his quest is a teenaged dwarf named Gonzo, and a lawn gnome who claims to be a Norse god under a curse.

Manic Pixie Dream Girls & Guys (and-okay-I-object-to-this-moniker-but-you-know-what-I-mean):

Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
First published in 1989, this book changed how young adult novels would be seen forever, and is one of the most important books I read over and over again.  Thin as a dime, the book takes place in a fairytale Los Angeles where Weetzie and her best friend Dirk look for love and ever-afters.

Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
Cyd Charisse (yep, named after the dancer) doesn’t want to talk about why she got kicked out of boarding school.  She just wants to cruise around San Francisco with her elderly friend, Sugar Pie, and her boyfriend, Shrimp, eating Hershey’s miniatures and partying.  When mom and stepdad get fed up, they ship Cyd to New York to visit her dad, who she hasn’t seen for 11 years.

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos
James Whitman tries to cope with his anxiety and depression by reading poems by the other Whitman, hugging trees, and talking to an imaginary therapist: a pigeon he calls Dr. Bird.  James wishes he could afford a real therapist.  He also wishes that he could tell the lit mag editor he likes her, and that his parents hadn’t beaten his older sister and thrown her out of the house.

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
Popular Ezra had it all before the car accident that smashed up his leg; he was the star of the tennis team, class president, with a hot girlfriend and a crew of equally popular friends.  Now his friends and girlfriend have left Ezra behind, and he finds himself reconnecting with Toby, his old best friend, and joining the debate team.  That’s where Ezra meets Cassidy, the girl who will have him questioning everything about who he is and where he wants to be.

Big Love, Big Heartbreak:

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
Told in the Now and the Then, this is the story of Vera and Charlie and the love story that never was.  When another girl spreads rumors about Vera, her friendship with Charlie  shatters.  Then Charlie dies.  But his ghost won’t leave.

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
Even though you can see it coming, the end of Min and Ed’s romance will break your heart, because to get to the end you have to read through all the reasons why she fell for him so hard.  Even though, like Matryoshka dolls, the reasons why they broke up are hiding inside.

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend by Emily Horner
After Julia is killed in an accident, her friends decide to stage her original musical,
Totally Sweet Ninja Death Squad.  Cass is coping with Julia’s death, with her unrequited feelings for Julia, and with the revelation that maybe she didn’t know everything about her best friend.  She’s also got complicated feelings for a Ninja Squad cast member.  Cass embarks on a solo bicycle journey to California with Julia’s ashes to try and figure herself out.

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban
"While preparing for the most dreaded assignment at the prestigious Irving School, the Tragedy Paper, Duncan gets wrapped up in the tragic tale of Tim Macbeth, a former student who had a clandestine relationship with the wrong girl, and his own ill-fated romance with Daisy.”

Author You’d Like to Hang Out With and Who Would Make You a Super Mix Tape:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Two smart outsiders fall in love.  

Park is half-Korean.  In 1986.  In OMAHA.  Which means his peers think he is the resident expert on kung-fu.

Eleanor is the new girl.  Too tall.  Dresses weird.  Has a home life she won’t talk about.

They meet on the school bus, where comics and mix tapes bring them together.

Winger by Andrew Smith
Ryan Dean West is the youngest junior at his private school — 2 years younger than his classmates.  He has also been assigned to Opportunity Hall after breaking the campus cell phone rule.  The other guys are in Opportunity Hall because of fighting.  Ryan Dean West is trying to stay out of their way.  He is also in love with his best friend, Annie — who, like the rest of the juniors, is two years older than him. 
Does Ryan Dean have a chance in hell with Annie?  Will he be ground into a paste by his roommate?  Will he survive this year’s rugby season?  And has the dorm monitor Mrs. Singer really inflicted a diarrhea curse on him?

I Just Have a Feeling About this One:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Saenz

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July 23 is BATMAN DAY

This is GREAT.  Batman turns 75 (75!) this July, and DC is pulling out all the stops.

Here in the Teen Room, we plan to celebrate Batman Day with some comics, a little Catwoman tribute, and Tim Burton’s take on the Dark Knight.

Let’s face it, Batman is messed up.  It’s a little annoying.  He can afford a dozen therapists, high-end yoga retreats, and endless hot stone massages, in addition to funding every orphanage in India.  I got nothing against crime-fighting, it’s just — has it helped resolve any of his issues?  No!  Geez…get over it, Batman.

THAT SAID, here are some times when I have enjoyed his antics.

Paul Pope, Batman Year 100. 2006.

Batman: Year One
Frank Miller, writer ; David Mazzucchelli, illustrator ; Richmond Lewis, colorist ; Todd Klein, letterer
The grit starts here.  Seems familiar?  It’s the inspiration for Christopher Nolan’s take on the franchise.

Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again
Frank Miller, Lynn Varley, Todd Klein
When did Batman get so nihilistic?  Right about now.  Batman is a cranky old man; it’s a good look for him.

Batman: Year 100
by Paul Pope ; colorist, Jose Villarrubia ; letters, Jared K. Fletcher & John Workman
Paul Pope is a genius.  This has got to be my favorite Batman comic of all time.  Like Miller’s young Bruce Wayne, Pope’s incarnation understands that fear is his most crucial weapon.  But a fancy, six-pack-ab bulletproof uniform?  Pfff — this guy’s in sweats.  Now THAT’S hardcore.  Weird, wild, and thrilling.

The Killing Joke
Alan Moore, writer ; Brian Bolland, art and colors ; Richard Starkings, letterer
Because Batman is a moody gazillionaire, I gravitate towards the villains.  I’m hardly alone here — lots of folks find the Joker terrifying, yet his “madness makes divinest sense.”  You will see threads of Moore’s origin story for the Joker in Tim Burton’s Batman film. 

Last of all, let’s not forget Sexy Batman.  Shake it, Sexy Batman!  See how great your life would be if you’d just loosen up a little?