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If you read much literature, it’s likely you have stumbled upon a slew of books that deal with a character who has been forced to leave their homeland and faced a touch journey to a much worse place. It’s also likely that a theme of this book was persecution or economic strife. While the theme is quite common in literature, most people don’t realize that these types of books make up a specific genre which is called diaspora.
The first official reference to diaspora can be traced back to the 20th century when the word appeared in the Shorter Oxford’s dictionary, though authors have been writing this type of fiction for centuries. Today many modern authors have declared that a book can be classified as diaspora literature if the main character is forced to live outside of the traditional lifestyle for the era that the book is set in.
Today diaspora fiction has been broken into subcategories that include:
Although it isn’t mandatory, many books that are categorized as diaspora fiction have strong religious connotations. It is becoming increasingly common for books that have a diaspora theme to be mixed in with another genre. Common combinations include diaspora/fantasy and diaspora/romance.
When you read a diaspora book, you should be prepared to find yourself reading something that is a little on the dark side and that features a main character who is fond of internal narrative. Books that are excellent examples of diaspora include:
• Of Crime and Punishment
• Alice in Wonderland
• The City in Which I Love You
• The Reluctant Fundamentalist
• The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
• The Inheritance of Loss
• Unaccustomed Earth
• The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Although some people enjoy diaspora literature more than others, it’s something that everyone should read from time to time.
For as long as there have been books, people have been studying literature. Not only did the early books and poems provide people with a means of entertainment, but the stories have also helped us understand what life was like in past centuries. These days, it’s very interesting to see how the internet has impacted current thoughts regarding literature.
The internet has made it possible for more and more people to be exposed to both classic and contemporary literature. When new books come out, it’s not unusual for people to start talking about them right away and all the posting to blogs, Twitter, and Facebook encourages even more people to rush out and purchase the book, turning it into a bestseller. One of the first books to experience this phenomenon was Harry Potter.
The issue that many authors are starting to encounter is that in addition to all the good things the internet provides, there are also plenty of negative aspects. The worse issue authors have to deal with is bullying. There are entire groups of people who have nothing better to do than post negative, and in many cases, psychologically damaging reviews. These reviews have no other purpose than to damage the authors reputation. Some people believe the bullying attitude stems from jealousy. Others feel that it might be a sign of a mild cognitive imbalance.
Another serious problem that has recently cropped up is plagiarism. Authors have found that entire section of the books they’ve written, and in some cases the entire book, has been stolen by another author. In order to combat the plagiarism, authors have become adept at reporting the infraction. It will be interesting to see how much more the internet changes to the literary world.
There have been so many times when I have walked into the house only to find my teenage daughter reading another one of those romantic vampire books. There must be something about those books that get the young girls excited, but I don’t really get it. I have told her a few times that there are other things to read out there that are a lot better but I haven’t quite convinced her to try a new type of book.
I remember when I was her age I didn’t really want to have anything to do the classic literature that we were supposed to read in school. Well, I shouldn’t say that, I didn’t like to read it on my own time but it was fine when we were in class. Although I don’t remember what my favorite piece of classic literature was when I was in school, one of my favorites now has to be To Kill A Mockingbird.
That is one of the best books ever and that is not just my opinion, but many people who are much smarter and well read than me would say the same thing. The problem is that my daughter is so caught up in the fantasy world of cute vampires that she would not know a good book if it hit her on the head. Hopefully they will start to read some classic literature in school soon and she will realize that there are much better option available to her if she wants a book that is entertaining as well and enlightening and well written. The one good thing is that she is reading and not spending all of her time online or on her phone.
When I first entered the college world I was signed up for the community college here in town. There was a lot I did not yet know and there were so many ideas that I had. I just knew that I as going to be the best college student ever and I knew that I was going to have a ball in the classes that I was going to take. I had no idea that this was going to be a glorified level of high school. All I was doing was moving up in grade but I was still with the same people that I had been in school with. It was awful. But the things that hurt me the most were the lousy classes that I had to take. I had several freshmen classes that I had to take but I also had to take several literature classes. These literature classes were the ones that are said to be the vital and most important. These are the classes that you have to have in order to transfer or to even graduate. They were boring and dull.
I hate to be forced into anything. So when I was forced to read poems and books and long or short stories by old and dead authors, I was bored to death. The thing that I desired was a real way to use the pit class. I was not interested in English so that I could red old authors. I was interested in English for two main reasons. First, I needed the class to graduate. But the most important reasons for these classes is so that you can learn to speak properly and communicate well. This is what we are missing and this is the pitfall of modern literature classes. We are not teaching the how but only the what.
If you ask my parents, they would probably tell you that even at a young age they knew that I would eventually make a living in a creative job. As a child I had no interest in television and all that I wanted to do was read books. That was unless I was drawing or painting pictures. There wasn’t really one particular type of book that I was interested in because it wasn’t always the words that I was interested in, but more the act of reading.
Now as an adult, I still love to read, but I am a bit more discriminatory about the books that I choose. Perhaps since I have been reading every day for so many years, the number of books on my list to read has grown smaller. But every time I make progress, more great books come out and I just have to add them to the list of books I have to read.
Just like when I was child, the only thing that could pull me away from a good book was art. But now that I am older, I not only like to create art, but learn more about it as well. I was very excited when a new art gallery was opened in my home town. What I love about going to an art gallery is that is a very peaceful and creative environment. No matter what kind of art you will see in an art gallery, it also was interesting to see how each artist chooses to express what they are trying to convey to the audience. Maybe someday I will be able to display one of my pieces in a gallery as well.
I was starting my senior year of college and I had put it off for as long as I could. If I was going to graduate on time, I simply had to take British literature. The course was required for my major and as much as I didn’t want to take it, I knew that I had to just hunker down and get it over with. From the moment I registered for the class, I started feeling anxious every time I even thought about what the semester would hold for me. I know it seems silly to be so fearful of a simple college class, but I had a serious struggle during my freshman year when I took American Literature. The professor loaded us up with a grueling syllabus and I nearly drowned in the literary essays that we were required to write each week.
I’m not a big reader and I felt confident that British literature would be even harder than American literature had been. I had to pass the class if I wanted to graduate so I knew that I was out of options. On the night before the first class, I was so stressed out that I was pacing back and forth in the dorm room, worried that I would not survive the semester. My roommate knew about my anxiety and so when he slipped out for a few hours, I assumed that he just wanted to get away from my pacing for a while. About an hour later, he appeared at the door and ordered me to stop pacing and sit down. He told me that he had brought me something that would get me through British literature and anything else our senior year my throw at us.
He was carrying a large bag from a local vape shop where he frequently buys e-liquids for his vape pen. He pulled out a box with a brand new Atmos Junior vaporizer in it. As he presented me with my first ever vaporizer, I was excited but still apprehensive. I was a smoker, but I had never really tried vaping. He assured me that what I needed was herbal relaxation. So he gave me a crash course in how the Atmos Junior worked and I decided to give it a try. By the time I took my third puff, I could feel the tension melting away.
The Atmos Junior quickly became my lifeline to surviving British Literature. Everytime I was stressed or overwhelmed, I would vape for a few minutes and settle down. The semester passed in a blur of vapor clouds and literary essays, but I passed the class with flying colors!
I loved reading as a child and I suppose that was because my mother used to read to me when I was young. I kept this tradition going by going to the library with my daughter each week to pick out picture books for us to look at and read together when she was a little. We both use to get giddy with excitement just thinking about what kind of stories we would read each night. I know that is what got my daughter interested in reading and now as a teenager she can sit down with a novel and have it finished in a matter of hours! She loves reading and I love that I helped to instill that into her. You can do the same.
It is pretty easy to teach your child to learn to love reading if you like to read yourself but what if you don’t enjoy reading, what then? I would recommend that even if you don’t like reading for yourself that you take time out of your day or evening to spend with your child reading to them at a young age. You may be surprised just how much you enjoy reading the stories and you may find that you want to begin reading in your spare time as well. Picture books are great if you have small little’s in your family. I can still remember the titles of some favorite picture books of me and my daughter. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, I Love You Forever, all the Sandra Boynton books, Winnie The Pooh (which is a classic) and many more! I have kept these books for my girl to take with her once she moves out and gets married and I am sure that she will share them with her own kids one day!
Art has always been a passion of mine. From the time I was a young lad I have always had a desire to create and to beautify. I am not sure where my artistic bend comes from. My parents hate art and my other family members simply shrug their shoulders about the topic. I am the only one that really embraces art. Now I must come clean and tell you that there are many in the art world that has made a mockery of art. Some will use mediums such as excrement, urine, semen, blood, or even vomit to make art. This is not art. This is purely gross and disgusting. There is also another portion of society that will try to fly the flag of artistry only because they are too afraid to try and live a normal life or make it in the real world. We have all heard about the people that major in art only to become professional bums. This is neither who I am nor what I stand for.
I am a mechanic by trade. I work on cars and trucks. I have the ability to fix things with my hands. But I still have a passion for art. I make art out of different things. I like to use metal, wood, and even plastic. I have recently finished a metal sculpture that I welded together. This is real art in my mind. However I have also learned that there is another form of art that is quickly taking hold of me. I recently learned how to create my own e-liquids for my electronic cigarette. This has really opened a new door for me. Since I love to vape I have become addicted to e-liquid research, making new flavors, and creating a fully customized vaping experience. From my research, I found that I am not the only one that likes to play with e-liquids.
After polling my friends I have learned that some of the most popular flavors are actually the fruity flavors like strawberry, watermelon, blueberry, and grape. This works well for me since these flavors combine well with others. My first attempt at mixing was using peach and kiwi. It wasn’t the best flavor in the world but it made me realize that there is a real art form here.
It takes skill and patience to make the perfect flavor just like it takes skill and patience to paint a masterpiece. I recently finished my 7th new flavor and I am very proud of it. I mixed 3 different flavors together. The flavors that I used were blueberry rush, cotton candy, and mint. It might sound a bit strange but this is actually a flavor that is making me famous. I am trying to sell this flavor concept to a few different brands but I have not heard back yet.
The best way to get your children involved with reading is to let them see you loving to read. I remember when my daughter was young I use to take her to the library every week to pick out a stack of picture books to read together. This made reading fun for her and allowed her to see that reading is not just what older people do but that it can be enjoyed at the youngest of ages. She and I both have the fondest memories reading books together before bed each night. Since we borrowed all the books from the library we always had to take them back and it was great fun to pick out new ones each and every week. It was a fun bonding time and it didn’t cost me a penny.
As my little girl grew we decided to begin purchasing some of the great literature pieces that we had enjoyed when she was younger and we have them to this day so that she can share them with her kids when she has them. Reading is a legacy that will last throughout the generations.
Now that my daughter is a teenager she LOVES to read and will spend hours with her head in a book devouring what it has to offer. Typically she can finish a large novel in just a few short days. It makes me proud to know that I had a part in instilling the love of reading in her. Literature is wonderful and is a great outlet for people of all ages. If you are not a book lover, perhaps you can listen to books on audio so that you can enjoy the world that literature has to offer you.
I loved reading as a child and I suppose that was because my mother used to read to me when I was young. I kept this tradition going by going to the library with my daughter each week to pick out picture books for us to look at and read together. We both use to get giddy with excitement just thinking about what kind of stories we would read each night. I know that is what got my daughter interested in reading and now as a teenager she can sit down with a novel and have it finished in a matter of hours! She loves reading and I love that I helped to instill that into her. You can do the same.
It is pretty easy to teach your child to learn to love reading if you like to read yourself but what if you don’t enjoy reading, what then? I would recommend that even if you don’t like reading for yourself that you take time out of your day or evening to spend with your child reading to them at a young age. You may be surprised just how much you enjoy reading the stories.
Picture books can quickly become fond memories that you will share with your child for a life time so don’t let your distaste for reading rob you of this treasure! I can still remember the titles of the favorite books of me and my daughter. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, I Love You Forever, all the Sandra Boynton books, Winnie The Pooh (which is a classic) and many more! I have kept these books for my girl to take with her once she moves out and gets married and I am sure that she will share them with her own kids one day!
One of my most favorite literary works is Winnie the Pooh! I know I am old but I still love these stories. Every time I hear or see an excerpt from one of these tales I become like a child again. There is something magical about Winnie the Pooh that can take me back to childhood without a second thought. I remember as a little girl holding on to my musical pooh bear to go to sleep at night. Every time the music box inside of him would stop playing I would wake up just long enough to wind it and listen to it again.
As a child I had a huge Winnie The Pooh book that my mother use to read to me each night. Those memories are burned in my mind forever and I can still hear her reading them to me sometimes when I lay down at night to sleep…especially if I am not feeling well. I honestly still think I have that book somewhere around here to this day! I intend to give it to my daughter to share with her children one day.
Literature can become such a big part of our childhood memories if we are just willing to let it! I guess the reason that the Winnie The Pooh books are among my favorites is because of the magical qualities they have. The stuffed pooh bear comes to life and all of his friends do as well. They live all together in the Hundred Acre Wood and the owner of the stuffed bear Christopher Robin is in the stories too. The entire thing is so sweet and magical I am sure it is one of your favorites as well!
If you want to create an art studio and you have no idea where to create one, take a look at your own home. Sure you probably don’t want to make an art studio smack in the middle of your cozy home because it may make things a bit chaotic, but what about that dark dreary basement of yours? Creating an art studio in your basement may be easier than you might think.
First things first, you should probably go down to your basement and figure out exactly where in the basement you want to have your studio. You may decide you want to use the entire basement space and that is ok. You will most likely need to go through the stuff you have in your basement to see what needs to be kept and what needs to be thrown out. This process may take a while especially if you are attached to your stuff like most people are. The best thing to do is to make two piles, one for stuff to keep and one for stuff to give away. If you give your things away to a good place such as the Salvation Army then you may feel better about getting rid of it.
If there is a particular color that you like and one that inspires your creativity then you should paint the walls of your basement this color. Begin calling your basement your art studio as well so that you will begin to feel that it is much more than a dark dreary place. If you basement has windows that will be a plus. I would suggest decorating this space as much as you would like and doing whatever it is that will help you to feel the most comfortable.
You probably remember taking art classes in school and how fun they were but many of us tend to let that fall to the way side once we are older. It is a shame that many of us don’t use our God given talents as adults when it comes to art. If you can get your child interested in art at a very young age he or she is more likely to stick with it once they have grown. Art is beneficial to children because it helps them to learn all sorts of things about themselves.
Arts and crafts will help to build your child’s confidence in themselves. Once they see what they have created and that it is good (whether it is really awesome or not), they will begin to feel as if they can do whatever it is they want and will be able to succeed. Don’t we all want that for our children? I know I do! Many parents spend countless amounts of money on making sure their kids excel at sports but I am here to tell you that art will do the same thing if not more for your child.
There are many different forms of art that you can get your child involved in such as art classes, dance, and theatre. If you choose to get your child involved with one of the art choices that merges them with others you will see all sorts of benefits. Your child will learn how to collaborate with others and how to get along with others and work towards a common goal. Art for children is a great thing and something you should check into if you have young kids.
Everyone is capable of creating art even if you don’t think you are. All you need is a piece of paper and a pencil and you can get started. There are a few tips however that can help you develop into a great artist and we will discuss a few of those in this blog post today.
If you want to become good at art you should carry a doodle pad around with you everywhere you go. Even if you are busy doing other things such as riding the subway or eating dinner, you can be doodling on the side. This is a great way to let the other side of your brain work while you are not really paying attention to what you are drawing. You may be surprised at what you might come up with. Sometimes your artistic side can come out more easily if you are busy and not really paying a lot of attention to it. Give it a try, you may be pleasantly surprised.
Another tip for creating great art is to put up posters and items around the room in which you spend the most time. This is good for your artistic side because these things send subliminal messages to your brain that help to activate your creativity. Don’t believe me, give it a try!
Lastly a good way to get your creative juices flowing is to have fun with what you are drawing. Don’t let art become a job or a chore. If you get frustrated, take some time away from what it is you are creating and come back to it when you feel better. Art takes time, so sit back and enjoy creating it.