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Author refuses permission for Israeli company to publish The Color Purple
World renowned author Alice Walker has refused to give permission to an Israeli company, Yediot Books, to publish her award-winning novel, The Color Purple.
Citing Israel’s “apartheid policies”, Ms Walker wrote in a letter dated 9 June, “It isn’t possible for me to permit this at this time for the following reason… Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories.”
The Color Purple, which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, was filmed by Steven Spielberg in 1985 and nominated for 11 Oscars. Both the book and film deal with racism in the American South in the first part of the 20th century.
During the 1980s, Walker also refused permission for the movie adaptation of her book to be screened in apartheid South Africa.
Walker’s move has been welcomed by the South African Artists Against Apartheid collective and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, which described it as a significant “victory” for the cultural boycott of Israel.
Read the Alice Walker’s below:
Letter from Alice Walker to Publishers at Yediot Books
This letter is published with author’s permission.
June 9, 2012
Dear Publishers at Yediot Books,
Thank you so much for wishing to publish my novel THE COLOR PURPLE. It isn’t possible for me to permit this at this time for the following reason: As you may know, last Fall in South Africa the Russell Tribunal on Palestine met and determined that Israel is guilty of apartheid and persecution of the Palestinian people, both inside Israel and also in the Occupied Territories. The testimony we heard, both from Israelis and Palestinians (I was a jurist) was devastating. I grew up under American apartheid and this was far worse. Indeed, many South Africans who attended, including Desmond Tutu, felt the Israeli version of these crimes is worse even than what they suffered under the white supremacist regimes that dominated South Africa for so long.
It is my hope that the non-violent BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement, of which I am part, will have enough of an impact on Israeli civilian society to change the situation.
In that regard, I offer an earlier example of THE COLOR PURPLE’s engagement in the world-wide effort to rid humanity of its self-destructive habit of dehumanizing whole populations. When the film of The Color Purple was finished, and all of us who made it decided we loved it, Steven Spielberg, the director, was faced with the decision of whether it should be permitted to travel to and be offered to the South African public. I lobbied against this idea because, as with Israel today, there was a civil society movement of BDS aimed at changing South Africa’s apartheid policies and, in fact, transforming the government.
It was not a particularly difficult position to hold on my part: I believe deeply in non-violent methods of social change though they sometimes seem to take forever, but I did regret not being able to share our movie, immediately, with (for instance) Winnie and Nelson Mandela and their children, and also with the widow and children of the brutally murdered, while in police custody, Steven Biko, the visionary journalist and defender of African integrity and freedom.
We decided to wait. How happy we all were when the apartheid regime was dismantled and Nelson Mandela became the first president of color of South Africa.
Only then did we send our beautiful movie! And to this day, when I am in South Africa, I can hold my head high and nothing obstructs the love that flows between me and the people of that country.
Which is to say, I would so like knowing my books are read by the people of your country, especially by the young, and by the brave Israeli activists (Jewish and Palestinian) for justice and peace I have had the joy of working beside. I am hopeful that one day, maybe soon, this may happen. But now is not the time.
We must continue to work on the issue, and to wait.
In faith that a just future can be fashioned from small acts,
This woman is legendary.
DAMN PROUD THAT SHE’S AN SLC ALUM, DAMN PROUD
Can’t open tumblr in class because I follow too many porn blogs. Feeling pretty low.
Do not chase
Do not wear the soles of your shoes
Down on boys
Who won’t cradle your feet
In their laps
Do not waste
Exhaust your tongue
In the silent poetry
Who don’t exhale
Like a prayer
I wish that people communicated more because I feel like everyone has a lot of sad weird life stuff on their shoulders and if we could share it with each other maybe we wouldn’t feel so empty.
98: Played on a sports team- I played volleyball thru middle school and peewee softball when I was 5 or 6.
80: What is my favorite word - omniscience.
58: What’s my strangest talent - I’m a pretty fabulous mariachi singer
5: 4 turns on - open mindedness above all else. Women that can pull off mens cologne. Kisses down my back. Whispered conversations when the sun is rising.
37: Tattoos and piercing i want - I’m pretty much done with piercings I think. As for tattoos I have to finish my back piece (cherry blossom branches) that I got done for my best friend. I want to cover her name with a Buddha sitting on a lotus flower - then get her name again on my shoulder in a different font. I want a sugar skull on the front of my thigh and a garden of orchids, jasmines, tulips, and cornflowers wrapping around.
57: What do I think about most? - The future. Far future, near future. I’m always planning.
67: What was the last book I’ve read? - The Secret History of the World by Mark Booth
148: What I’m really bad at - I’m really really bad at being fair in an argument. And I’m pretty bad at reminding people that they’re appreciated. Keeping my kitchen clean to - I can never seem to keep that shit clean.
149: What my greatest achievements are - The fact that I started college at all is a pretty big achievement to me - given what I was going thru before it started - and I’ve stuck with it even if I’ve had to take a million breaks in betweem. And beating drug addiction my way. Those two are pretty big.
11: What do I miss - Big question.. I miss so much. I miss my best friend more than anything. I miss not having responsibilities and just moving thru life day to day. I miss living at home (sometimes) where I could see my family more.
Fancy knowing anything about me?
3 things I love
4 turns on
4 turns off
My best friend
My best first date
How tall am I
What do I miss
What time were I born
Do I have a crush
Do I use sarcasm
What am I listening to right now
First thing I notice in new person
Favourite style of clothing
Ever done a prank call?
Meaning behind my URL
How I feel right now
Someone I love
My current relationship status
My relationship with my parents
Tattoos and piercing i have
Tattoos and piercing i want
The reason I joined Tumblr
Do I and my last ex hate each other?
Do I ever get “good morning” or “good night ” texts?
Have I ever kissed the last person you texted?
When did I last hold hands?
How long does it take me to get ready in the morning?
Have You shaved your legs in the past three days?
Where am I right now?
If I were drunk & can’t stand, who’s taking care of me?
Do I like my music loud or at a reasonable level?
Do I live with my Mom and Dad?
Am I excited for anything?
Do I have someone of the opposite sex I can tell everything to?
How often do I wear a fake smile?
When was the last time I hugged someone?
What if the last person I kissed was kissing someone else right in front of me?
Is there anyone I trust even though I should not?
What is something I disliked about today?
If I could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?
What do I think about most?
What’s my strangest talent?
Do I have any strange phobias?
Do I prefer to be behind the camera or in front of it?
What was the last lie I told?
Do I perfer talking on the phone or video chatting online?
Do I believe in ghosts? How about aliens?
Do I believe in magic?
Do I believe in luck?
What's the weather like right now?
What was the last book I've read?
Do I like the smell of gasoline?
Do I have any nicknames?
What was the worst injury I've ever had?
Do I spend money or save it?
Can I touch my nose with a tounge?
Is there anything pink in 10 feets from me?
What was I doing last night at 12 AM?
What do I think is Satan’s last name is?
What’s a song that always makes me happy when I hear it?
How can you win my heart?
What would I want to be written on my tombstone?
What is my favorite word?
My top 5 blogs on tumblr
If the whole world were listening to me right now, what would I say?
Do I have any relatives in jail?
I accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow me with the super-power of my choice! What is that power?
What would be a question I’d be afraid to tell the truth on?
What is my current desktop picture?
Failed a class?
Kissed a boy?
Kissed a girl?
Have I ever kissed somebody in the rain?
Left the house without my wallet?
Bullied someone on the internet?
Had sex in public?
Played on a sports team?
Am I a vegetarian/vegan?
Been to a wedding?
Been on the computer for 5 hours straight?
Watched TV for 5 hours straight?
Been outside my home country?
Gotten my heart broken?
Been to a professional sports game?
Broken a bone?
Been to prom?
Been in airplane?
Fly by helicopter?
What concerts have I been to?
Had a crush on someone of the same sex?
Learned another language?
Wore make up?
Lost my virginity before I was 18?
Had oral sex?
Dyed my hair?
Voted in a presidential election?
Rode in an ambulance?
Had a surgery?
Met someone famous?
Stalked someone on a social network?
Helped with charity?
Been rejected by a crush?
Broken a mirror?
What do I want for birthday?
How many kids do I want and what will be their names?
Was I named after anyone?
Do I like my handwriting?
What was my favourite toy as a child?
Favourite Tv Show?
Where do I want to live when older?
Play any musical instrument?
One of my scars, how did I get it?
Favourite pizza toping?
Am I afraid of the dark?
Am I afraid of heights?
Have I ever got caught sneaking out or doing anything bad?
Have I ever tried my hardest and then gotten disappointed in the end?
What I'm really bad at
What my greatest achievments are
The meanest thing somebody has ever said to me
What I'd do if I won in a lottery
What do I like about myself
My closest Tumblr friend
Something I fantasise about
Any question you'd like?