this is my first posting. hello! my name is sarah, and i'm half black half jewish. my mother is jewish.
A friend of mine recommended a book called 'Ace of Spades' by David Matthews (you can find it here: http://tr.im/iGsu), and I love it so much. I'm half way through it and I can't believe how great this book is. It's so funny and personable. There are moments where I have to put the book down and just burst out laughing. But wow, is it well written! David Matthews is poetic with his words. Truly astounding.
Here's a brief description from The New Yorker:
The son of a Zionist white mother and a Malcolm X-admiring black father, Matthews, in this memoir, is a boy without a race in a city, Baltimore, that requires him to choose one. The story of racial pinball is not entirely unfamiliar: the black kids reject him as too light-skinned, the whites as too broad-nosed. But Matthews displays improvisational verve—blacks are "burnished" and "browned butter," and whites are anything from "alabaster" to "a puffy marshmallow in Baltimore’s steaming cup of cocoa"—and narrates with the vigor of a movie script. Indeed, it is on television that, as a child, he finds the clarity he yearns for. "I was a living contradiction of elements that shouldn’t have been," he writes at one point, whereas on TV "everything was black, or white, and a lot like life."
Really, i can't recommend this book more! I love it! Have you read it?
here's the author, david matthews:
My friend started this cool writing community. =3
You can post any of your works here and get critique from other writers. From short stories to your own lyrics. =3 But of course, you have to join. =D
So what're you waiting for? GO JOIN!
I just noticed that the last entry, before mine, is several months old... is this still an active community?
hmmm... lets see how this goes now..
Blue white, hot.
consumes my soul.
and my fleash turns to ash
i scream as agony consumes me
knowing there is no hope of escape
the blue, white flames of guilt
they eat away at my entire being
and i can not escape.
hatred radiates from his voice.
his voice quicly rises.
it's happening again.
he cant' control it much longer.
but nobody can see the brusies.
this is who i am.
this is what he sees.
this is why he's angry agian.
he hates me.
and he loves me.
hatred radiates frome his voice.
he only yells at me.
to the world he is the picture of composure.
but i'm not part of that world.
so i don't count.
a vervbal punching bag.
vent on me.
lean on me.
i try to stand strong.
but i'm gatting tired.
i'm getting tired.
hatred radiates from his voice.
his voice quicly rises.
it's happening agian.
when will it stop?
It is a picture I long to live in
The colours simply black and white
Everyones what they want to be
And no one has to fight
Where nothing is to noisy
And the wind won't move the trees
No more people yelling
Just the buzzing of the bee's
Everythings so quiet
Though my sences are acute
Nature whispers silently
While the people are all mute
No more usless arguments
No more silly wars
No more horrid murders
No more disgusting gore
Standing alone in my picture perfect world
Hi I just thought I'd post one of my stories here. It's the one that I'm most concerned about finishing, and the one that I hope to one day publish. I know that it reads kind of like a rough draft (spelling and grammer mistakes etc) but I will be re-posting it later once I've revised it and added on some chapter. Constructive critisism is greatly appreciated.
Title: Lacerated Heart (change will be made to it later on)
Birth Date (No need for year): June 28
Style of Writing (Do you consider yourself to have a style? If so, can you describe it?): Depends on my mood. Mostly poetry, angst filled, tragedy, I can't really think of a name for my style of writing.
What Are The Two Communities/Live Journals That You Promoted In? don't understand sorry.
Favorite Book: What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci
Favorite Band: Moi Dix Mois
Favorite Author: Garth Nix
Favorite Video Game: The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
Favorite Quote: You say you read me like a book, but the pages are all frayed and torn.
Favorite Song: 1000 words
Favorite Line of Lyrics: "Father into your hands I commend my spirit, father into your hands why have you forsaken me, in your eyes forsaken me, in your thoughts forsaken me, in your heart forsaken me" When angels deserve to die, system of a down.
Favorite Food: Chinese food
Favorite Movie: Interview with a vampire or The nightmare before christmas
Main Inspiration to Write: My emotions mostly negative for some reason
Are You Pro-Bush or Anti-Bush? anti
Who Is The Most Important Person In Your Life? Probably my best friend
What Was Your One '15 Minutes Of Fame'? Havn't had it yet
What Is It Like To Be You? A rollarcoaster ride of emotions. both good and bad
One or Two Pictures Of Yourself (Optional): http://www.piczo.com/My-Shattered-E
Name: Andrea, that's it
Birth Date (No need for year): October 17
Style of Writing (Do you consider yourself to have a style? If so, can you describe it?): Uhmm, that depends on my mood sometimes, but usually I can have this kind of depressive way of writing
What Are The Two Communities/Live Journals That You Promoted In? none... for now.Hey, I've been here for a few hours.
Favorite Book: The Da Vinci Code (smiles) it's my favorite for now.
Favorite Band: I like many bands, but I'd say that one of my favorites is Evanescence
Favorite Author: Dan Brown
Favorite Video Game: I don't play video games so much.
Favorite Quote: "People look at me because I'm different, I laugh at them because they're all the same" Tom DeLonge
Favorite Song: Breathe No More by Evanescence.
Favorite Line of Lyrics: "Kizutsuita ashi wo, Yasumaseru gurai nara, datta ippo demo koko kara susume." that's supossed to mean "If you're thinking of resting your aching legs, move a step forward from this place instead." but I'd have to know japanese to confirm it.
Favorite Food: Sushi!
Favorite Movie: Last Samurai (Tom Cruise is so cute)
Main Inspiration to Write: Well just life itself, and society itself.. maybe those factors of society that attempt to control our lives in one way or another. Obscure things and enigmas are other things that catch my attention easily.
Are You Pro-Bush or Anti-Bush? Anti-Bush.
Who Is The Most Important Person In Your Life? My mother and my little sister
What Was Your One '15 Minutes Of Fame'? When I wrote various essays for spanish class and my teacher acknowledged me for writing the best essays. (Though she kept them >>)
What Is It Like To Be You? It's too complicated to be me though I'm a happy person
One or Two Pictures Of Yourself (Optional): No pictures :p