“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
--Audre Lorde

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November 21, 2011

Submitted by alycia on Mon, 11/21/2011 - 09:40
  • Finished The Violence of Literacy, which felt like it blew open a new space in which to think about education and libraries.

    Literacy, like communication, is a matter of access, a matter of opportunity, a matter of economic security--a total matter...

    The violence of literacy is the violence of the milieu it comes from, promises, recapitulates. It is attached inextricably to the world of food, shelter, and human equality. When literacy harbors violence, the society harbors violence. To elucidate the violence of literacy is to understand the distance it forces between people and possibilities in their lives. To see this is to see how daily work proceeds, one worker related to another, axes of literacy drawing structures of alienation (94).

  • Those cards are so beautiful.

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