Literary and not-so-literary link goodness

Oh, yeah. From,  Africans shocked by uncivilized antics of European savages.

Africans say they have little hope that Europe will ever become civilized, after a week in which Spain’s King Carlos went on an elephant-killing spree and the Swedish Culture Minister was entertained by a racially offensive cake. “You can take the European out of the jungle, but you can’t take the jungle out of the European,” sighed one resident of Kinshasa.

August Mwanasa, of Libreville in Gabon, said the latest atrocities didn’t surprise him as Europeans were still “savages”.

“I don’t want to sound racist, and some of my best friend are white, but let’s be honest: violence is hard-wired into their DNA,” said Mwanasa. “I mean, Europeans killed over 20 million other Europeans in the 1930s and 1940s. That’s barbarism on a scale unprecedented in history.”

Jenkins Odumbe, a Nairobi milliner, bemoaned ingrained attitudes of entitlement in Europe.

“If they’re not going on the dole they’re asking for bail-outs,” he said. “Why can’t they just get up earlier and work harder, that’s what I want to know?”

Liberte Aidoo,  a Ghanaian travel agent, said she had been “shocked and disgusted” by what she found on her first trip to Spain.

“The brochures promise sea and sun, but they’re still incredibly backward in Spain,” she recalled. “Basically they all live in mud huts called haciendas, and they sleep for two hours in the middle of the day. In Europe they call it a ‘siesta’. In Ghana we call it ‘being fucking lazy’.”

Read the whole thing. Really, you’d be crazy not to.


From the blog Night Deposits,  On the Waterfront 2.

H/T Professor Batty.


Author Jim C. Hines posed like women on the covers of fantasy novels, and got his wife to take pictures.  Like this:

He says: “In all seriousness, I spent the rest of last night with pain running through most of my back. […] Trying to launch my chest and buttocks in two different directions a la Vicious Grace? Just ow. […]  posing like these characters drives home exactly what’s being emphasized and what’s not. My sense is that most of these covers are supposed to convey strong, sexy heroines, but these are not poses that suggest strength. You can’t fight from these stances. I could barely even walk. ”

Jim C.Hines, my HERO. His follow-up post about posing like male heroes is also worth reading, if not quite as photolicious.

7 thoughts on “Literary and not-so-literary link goodness

  1. I absolutely love these links. The first article especially had me laughing – I’d read it previously, but it’s just as good on further readings 😉

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