Every year seniors freak out: about college applications, which college to attend, will they get accepted, can they get one more point on their ACT, etc. And every year I hold a strong belief my students (really every student) will end up where they are supposed to be - at the college that is right for them, even though they may not realize it right off the bat.
This article reminds me of this fact, and I hope it reminds you as well. You, I would presume, aren’t living with dyslexia and aren’t applying to Middlebury College, but the point to me is this: colleges know what they are doing - they see things in students even when you don’t think you are presenting your very best. Yes, every student is unique and special; every student is loved by their parents and teachers…. and every student has a shot…
Robert Frost said “College is a refuge from hasty judgement.” So quit being so hasty with your self-judgement and take refuge in the fact that you have done everything “right” and your future - although currently unknown - is going to be more than great.
Big news! Penguin is publishing a book of my fairy tales called Alice in Tumblr-land: And Other Fairy Tales for a New Generation. Out 10/29!
From the inside flap:
"The Ugly Duckling still feels gross compared to everyone else, but now she’s got Instagram, and there’s this one filter that makes her look awesome. Cinderella swaps her glass slippers for Crocs. The Tortoise and the Hare Facebook stalk each other. Goldilocks goes gluten-free. And Peter Pan finally has to grow up and ge ta job, or at least start paying rent.
Here are more than one hundred fairy tales, illustrated and re-imagined for today. Instead of fairy godmothers, there’s Siri. And rather than big bad wolves, there are creepy dudes on OkCupid. In our brave new world of social networking, YouTube, and texting, fairy tales can once again lead us to ‘happily ever after’—and have us laughing all the way.”
It will be hardcover, with dust jacket, and fancy endpapers. Cream-colored, rough-edged pages.
240 pages of 150 illustrated fairy tales. Over 70% of the stories are new, and nearly every illustration is new.
Certain characters reappear throughout the book—like Alice, Peter Pan, and Cinderella—with an overarching narrative. So you can read it cover to cover and get the larger story, or you can open up to any page and find a laugh.
I tried really hard to make it something special. If you like what you’ve seen here, you’ll love the book. Ryan Gosling is on the first page, so.
I’ll be posting excerpts, new stories, behind-the-scenes videos and photos, and all sorts of other things—including contests to write or illustrate a fairy tale—in the next two months, so follow on Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter.
And I’ll say this many more times in the next two months, but: Thanks. It’s because you liked or shared this stuff that this book is happening. I can’t express my gratitude enough.
So much love,
PS Please do share the news and book cover! And send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you might want to help be a part of the super-secret street team spreading the word about the book, or if you just want to say hi!
These are some of my favorite student thoughts I’ve ever read about TKAM.
I am so proud of my seniors’ Lord of the Flies’ projects! Please check out these fantastic websites - and don’t worry, you won’t have a LotF overdose - the topics really vary.
In which John Green introduces the (sixth annual!) Project for Awesome, discusses privilege and the importance of expanding opportunity, the decreasing of world suck, and some ridiculously good news.
Go to http://www.projectforawesome.com to sign up now.
And follow the p4a tumblr from which this was reblogged.
For Golding, who served as a naval officer during the war, “Belsen and Hiroshima and all the rest of it” provided proof of the depths to which humans could sink.
**directly quoted (and slightly paraphrased, with a few additional comments) from a chapter called “War and Postwar” in the book Literature in Context: Lord of the Flies by Kirstin Olsen.
Zelda Fitzgerald quote: “Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.”
1. Seigneur-terraces (French)
Coffee shop dwellers who sit at tables a long time but spend little money.
2. Ya’arburnee (Arabic)
This word is the hopeful declaration that you will die before someone you love deeply, because you cannot stand to live without them. Literally, may you bury me.
3. Schlimazel (Yiddish)
Someone prone to bad luck. Yiddish distinguishes between the schlemiel and schlimazel, whose fates would probably be grouped under those of the klutz in other languages. The schlemiel is the traditional maladroit, who spills his coffee; the schlimazel is the one on whom it’s spilled.
4. Packesel (German)
The packesel is the person who’s stuck carrying everyone else’s bags on a trip. Literally, a burro.
5. L’esprit de l’escalier (French)
Literally, stairwell wit—a too-late retort thought of only after departure.
6. Hygge (Danish)
Denmark’s mantra, hygge is the pleasant, genial, and intimate feeling associated with sitting around a fire in the winter with close friends.
7. Spesenritter (German)
Literally, an expense knight. You’ve probably dined with a spesenritter before, the type who shows off by paying the bill on the company’s expense account.
8. Cavoli Riscaldati (Italian)
The result of attempting to revive an unworkable relationship. Literally, reheated cabbage.
9. Bilita Mpash (Bantu)
An amazing, pleasant dream. Not just a “good” dream; the opposite of a nightmare.
10. Litost (Czech)
Milan Kundera described the emotion as “a state of torment created by the sudden sight of one’s own misery.”
11. Murr-ma (Waigman, language of Australia)
To walk alongside the water while searching for something with your feet.