What is a chapbook (Wikipedia):
A chapbook is a pocket-sized booklet. The term chap-book was formalized by bibliophiles of the 19th century, as a variety of ephemera (disposable printed material), popular or folk literature. It includes many kinds of printed material such as pamphlets, political and religious tracts, nursery rhymes, poetry, folk tales, children’s literature and almanacs. Where there were illustrations, they would be popular prints.
Why I have decided to write one:
I have such a short attention span to write a book but I do think I have things to say.
What is my chapbook about:
I write task lists. That’s how I stay on track. There is always some emotional investment for everything I have to do. I like the idea of making a list, and writing two-pieces for each topic.
Jezebel.com just posted an article about the new Katniss Everdeen doll. Of course, I think this is a much better option than little girls playing with Barbies. However, I don’t think the message about media is coming across from the book to its mass audience.
While reading “The Hunger Games,” the theme the struck me the most was our take on celebrity culture. We manufacture these ‘perfect’ humans and push them out to the masses for public shaming, critique, and disposal. Our culture is always looking for the next and best, and we have destroyed people in the public eye because we don’t have something new and shiny to play with. In the book/movie, each year a boy and a girl from the ages of 12-18 are offered up in tribute in a death match with one winner. It’s a television show. It’s a way to keep people occupied so no one starts to question their living conditions. I understand that the purpose of a doll is not to absorb our attention away from the critical corporeality of our lives. I do think that it’s lionizing this character — and with that aggrandizing the idea of expendable celebridom. It’s a doll. We play with it. We throw it away.