10 November 2011

17 an open letter to all 8 of my readers

dearly beloveds:

firstly, a big major thanks to all of you for sticking around for the array of nonsense that is OitC, my unprofessional random grab-bag of eccentric delights blog. i treasure you all.

second, remember all that harebrained business about i how i'm going to dominate the world and upend the genre? yeah, it has begun. so i've got this podcasty thing (ie. the aforementioned gig) happening over HERE, which is all kinds of awesomeness and excitingment. well, maybe not so much just yet right now as we're a mere one podcast in, but i assure you- awesomeness and excitingment are coming. i swear.

(hint hint: next up... meow, meow!!!)

so, here's the thing. i need your help. because, as with everything i do, i've a not-so-subtle liberal agenda. namely, i want to highlight the hell out of the work of minorities and women.

my dear 8 readers, this is where you come in. your mission- should you choose to accept it- is to go forth and, in your day to day life of constant CSPAN-watching and new yorker reading, find me biographies about/by minorities or women.

a caveat: we're talking BIOGRAPHY here. and while i'm planning to stretch the definitions of biography to make it encompass what i want it to, there are some things that are not biography. memoir, for instance.

another caveat: i do not need books by white men about white men. that is, like, 85% of all biography in all the world.

and one last caveat: to qualify for inclusion, a biography must be readable and good. and you need to be able to attest to its goodness.

as with all the best things in life, i've a pyramid reward system...

level 5: a good/readable biography about a minority subject of either sex.
for this, you will receive a hand-written note of thanks from your oline, so that you might join everyone on my christmas card list in marveling at the atrocity of my penmanship.

level 4: a good/readable biography about a minority woman. 
for this, you will receive a hand-written note of thanks from your oline + a xeroxed autographed copy of one of The Poems.

level 3: a good/readable biography written by a minority woman.
for this, you will receive a hand-written note of thanks from your oline +  a xeroxed autographed copy of one of The Poems + a one-of-a-kind mixed media portrait of the vieve.

level 2: a good/readable biography written by a minority woman about a minority woman.
for this, you will receive a hand-written note of thanks from your oline +  a xeroxed autographed copy of one of The Poems + a one-of-a-kind mixed media portrait of the vieve + witty banter over a complimentary drinks with your oline.

level 1: a good/readable biography written by a minority woman about a minority woman in the fields of science or math. 
for this, you will receive a hand-written note of thanks from your oline +  a xeroxed autographed copy of one of The Poems + a one-of-a-kind mixed media portrait of the vieve + witty banter and a some-expenses-paid saturday night out on the town with your oline.

so there you go.

challenge accepted? pretty pretty please...

love,
yours,
oline.

17 comments:

Linda said...

ooh, fun! best homework assignment ever.

The Whiffer said...

I heard your voice :) very exciting and a perhaps comes across a wee bit creepy to be so excited and making no reference to the point of your post, but but but, I have been listening to your voice for over a year, through text, and I had made up a sound for it that was deeper with a more southern accent. And now I've heard it, bright, confident, soft, eloquent. What will I be like when I meet the 3D version? Mite be a good thing that I'm being drip fed here.
Consider me on the look out, I love minorities and women :)

oline said...

lindear, i knew i would have you at the mixed media portrait of the vieve.

and blah, hilarious. if my first meeting with birnsy is any indication, you will likely have imagined me taller. counting down to the craic!

Linda said...

3D-oline = AWESOME.

Linda said...

3D-oline = AWESOME.

Linda said...

heh. apparently SUPER awesome!

(grr)

oline said...

ha. you felt very strongly about that!

Osutein said...

I didn't read all of it during MAPH, because it was MAPH and I didn't have time to read all of anything, but Hermione Lee's bio of Virginia Woolf is pretty great. I'm stretching the word "minority" here since Va Woolf was a sort of avatar of all non-male forms of privilege, but she was bisexual, so there's that.

oline said...

oops. things i completely forgot to say: the biography has to be no more than 5 years old.

kjd said...

I just started reading Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings. I am only a few pages in but am really enjoying it. Check it out.

kjd said...

I think Ida was written by a minority woman which means I may meet the requirements of level 2 and that means you need to plan a trip to Raleigh so you can treat me to witty banter and complimentary drinks :) Did I win? Did I win?

mak said...

Ack, fatal flaw being the memoir junkie that I am (my most recent biography is Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra) - but I'm calling in reinforcements!

And furthermore, I also support the coming of you to Raleigh for witty banter and such things.

oline said...

kj, YOU WON... level 4. and now i'm a horrible person for penalizing the author for being a white woman. oops! but still (having not once discussed this with lindear), i imagine once the blessed one is born, lindear and i will be making a pilgrimage to shower him/her in frankincense and myrrh. so you'll be privy to my witty banter and you'll also have to be introduced to melissa, who is awesome and full of witty banter too and dying for a taste of The Cookies.

and, mk, stacy's on my hit list... i cannot recommend her vera nabokov book enough if you've not read it.

kjd said...

Yeah! I won, I won!! I believe a pilgrimage to see the blessed one is a must-- we find out if it is a he or a she in just a few short weeks :) I'm eager to meet this Melissa and am looking forward to witty banter.

Anonymous said...

Is it terrible that I wanted to fast forward through charles shields' musings just to hear you? Ah that voice... so mature, adult and professional. Who knew?! I kid, of course. You knocked my socks off once again.

mak said...

KJ, are you the one with the bakery? Bc it was impressed upon me while I was in Chicago that I should meet her friend with the bakery in Fuquay. :)

oline said...

yes, she is the one with the bakery. and yes, you should meet her!