“No adult author writes for praise alone. Surely any serious writer writes because he has an urgent message to impart, one that he hopes will be of some use to the reader. I don’t know the origin of the idea that writers are such delicate creatures, barely able to withstand public scrutiny of their genius, but it seems ever-present.”—Maria Bustillos on the value of honest criticism in book reviews: http://nyr.kr/1aD3Fp7 (via newyorker)
Here, the workers are trapped in hellish conditions where they toil for ten hours a day in the sweltering fields where temperatures soar to 90 degrees and above. Workers wait at 3:30 am each morning to see if they will be picked for work in the fields. The US Department of Labor estimates that the agriculture industry has a death rate seven times higher than the average rate of most industries. The workers put up with such conditions in an effort to send money back to their impoverished families back home.
Workers are trapped in these modern-day slave plantations. Many are in permanent debt to the gangs who charge $1,000 for bringing them to the United States. They work six days days for slave labour wages and have to pay large amounts of their wages for shared accommodation, often ten people to a room, while they buy overpriced food from the labour contractors, known as crew leaders. The tomato and cucumber pickers are exposed to dangerously high levels of poison as the crops have been heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides. Over the last decade over 1,000 workers have been freed from these slave plantations by police raids.
“Happiness is a choice we make. You can always wake up and say, ‘Oh I can’t believe it’s so cold,’ or you can say, ‘Oh, wow, this is a great opportunity for me to try out a new sweater.’”—Miranda Kerr (via miranda-k)
Primary school teacher Larry works at an online, project-based school. The students in his SOLE session were tens or hundreds of miles from Larry and each other, spread out across the state of Minnesota, and interacting through a web platform that allows audio and text chat and shared whiteboards.
He asked his students a great “big question:” Why is the Blue Whale the largest animal?
“We are so used to releasing words, we don’t know what to do with them if they stay. No matter how many times we let them go, they come back. The words that matter always stay.”—David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility (via bookmania)
“Books hold most of the secrets of the world, most of the thoughts that men and women have had. And when you are reading a book, you and the author are alone together—just the two of you.”—E.B. White (via bookmania)
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