When I saw the video, Bitches in Bookshops, yesterday, I immediately knew I wanted to share it. With everyone. I posted it on Facebook, shared it on Twitter, and I made it a point to share it here. You see…I love books, and for a nerd like me, this could potentially become an anthem.

I can see it now. For the conceivable future I’ll be saying, “Read so hard I’m literary!” or “Read so hard libraries try to find me,” while making it rain with my bookmarks. Or something.

Either way,  La Shea Delaney  and Annabelle Quezada gave book-loving folks like me something dope to rock to.

Check it out:

  • CurlySue

    I am not a bitch 0______0

  • Yb

    Funny…….but was it necessary for them to call themselves bitches?

  • http://iriseben.com Iris Eben

    Oh my goodness I freaking LOVE this!

  • http://iriseben.com Iris Eben

    Oh my goodness I freaking LOVE this! My life just got infinitely better.

  • CaSweetface

    OMG I love!

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    I love it too, but I could have done without the B-title. That is a female dog!!!!! It is an abomination to be called that.

  • Cmj

    Glad it wasn’t just me.

  • CaSweetface

    Cute. Me like…Could’ve been Beauties, Brunettes, anything other than “B’s” but I still like it.

  • Natalie

    I like this lol

  • Christa

    I love this! Im not going to be able to get this song out of my head!

  • Jaslene

    LOL at you know how many bookmarks I got in my home.

  • BeenThere

    Nope. I’ll pass.

    1) the B**ch title? The will never be a word worthy of reclaiming.

    2) I didn’t see or hear mention of a single classic work of literature by a brown or black writer (maybe I missed it: someone correct me if I’m wrong). It was all white, mostly men: Barthes, Foucault, Tolstoy. No Edward Said, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Haruki Murakami? Whatever. I find the exclusion of writers of color highly distasteful and not to mention pretentious and sad coming from some brown and black women. Not a way at all to promote being intelligent or to encourage women and brown/black folks to want to read, if that was the intention.

    Someone should remake this and diversify the book list so that it doesn’t come off as a bunch of exclusionary pretentiousness. Just saying.

  • Bee

    Someone please tell me what is wrong with this site and comments not going through. I give up.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    they are making changes to the site which affects commenting…my comments are always getting swallowed up!

  • Bee

    @African Mami: thanks for the heads up! I was wondering.

  • iQgraphics

    that is cray
    I hate dog earred pages! that made me laugh cuz I have bookmarks at home and forget them all the time.

  • Alexandra

    I also wish they would’ve chosen another word to substitute -B-word.
    I do like it though. These ladies are creative :) They mentioned ‘The Iliad’ which I’ll be reading soon.

  • Mr. Man

    Its an internet video, they probably wouldn’t have gotten this amount of attention and views if the title was any different. Its where the world is right now.

    Cute video though if you take if for face value.

  • Shay

    I guess Kanye and Jay-Z could’ve used a better word than n*ggas too. I think they are using the female equivalent of n*ggas. It’s a parody people…

  • LAD86

    I love to read, but I am not a *itch either.

  • Cree

    “You know how many bookmarks I own???!” Cute.

  • rosie

    sad and strange that it took so many responses to get to this point :*(

  • LAD86

    What is ‘sad’ is that we are living in a time where the word ‘ni*ga’ is used in place of the words boy or men, and the word ‘bi*tch’ is used in place of girl/woman.

  • Dee

    LMBO! I love this! This is soooooooo me!

  • http://gplus.to/aleshawilliamsboyd a.w. boyd

    i’m pretty sure it’s ‘read so hard libraries try to fine me.’ their hearts were in the right place, god bless ‘em.

  • aq

    Hey BeenThere,

    I just wanted to express that I was also bummed about that being the case. It was one of my concerns towards the end of editing the video.

    We aimed to shoot at over 10 locations in one day and were on foot (driving in NY is much more of a joke than that video). The way we shot this which was SUPER quickly, in one day (to reconcile everybody’s schedules alone was a challenge), so each of the snippets were takes we had to get right in one go. So, the majority of the books we are holding are arbitrary because of the way in which the video was shot.

    I was literally schlepping a mini laundry cart of books around NYC that day, and my trusty little trolley also contained some Lorca plays, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Maya Angelou and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, to name a few, but unfortunately with how fast we had to capture our shots, not much thought went into diversifying the book selection (I’d basically just hand whomever a book, take the shot, and go).

    The editing was also a factor in this final catalogue, where the ratio of author backgrounds ended up being more disproportionate than I would’ve liked since we did shoot other close ups at the bookstore, I remember Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet (our camera guy’s favorite) being one of them. Perhaps, if more people are conscious enough to have the same type of reaction as you have, publishing companies can react accordingly.

    Anyway, if it’s of any consolation- in the upward pan of books fading over my face in the breakdown, Jorge Luis Borges’ El Aleph (one of my favorite books ever) is on top of the stack and he is above Vikram Seth’s Equal Music, the guy in front of the basketball courts is reading Salman Rushdie’s Midnight Children and at the very end LaShea reads a book about the tragic Rwandan genocide in 1994 as I close Robert Bolaño’s Savage Detectives, both books that were in our purses at the time.

    Respectfully yours,
    A Quezada

  • http://afrikanmami.blogpsot.com African Mami

    @ Shay,

    oopsie my! I don’t care whether it is a parody or comedy or whatever. The meaning is a female dog!!!!!!!!

  • Georgia

    This! My thought exactly.

  • Bee

    @aq: Thank you for responding. (And I hope I didn’t come off too mean; as a writer, I was just shocked). I didn’t see the guy reading the Borges’ book (he’s one of my favorite writers), but I’m glad that I wasn’t the only one who noticed this absence of brown/black writers.

    And this: “Perhaps, if more people are conscious enough to have the same type of reaction as you have, publishing companies can react accordingly.” Yes, yes, and yes. It’ll be a beautiful day when we can see actual diversity on the bookshelves in bookstores.

  • Bee

    Sorry, clarification, I’m BeenThere (tried out a new email and name earlier to see if my comment would get through since the site had been having problems with the comment system).

  • CHE

    Niiiiiice, except for the b******tes part.

    Have read alot of those authors but not all….so thanks for the new authors suggestions.

  • Kat

    Love, love, love it! Those post-it notes!

  • sholla21

    “Don’t let me forget this page.” LOL! Except for the B-word I like it.

  • Kesha

    This just made my day! I read so hard I volunteer at the library as a way to show my gratitude. = )

  • prodigia

    Love it!

  • http://hechovisto.blogspot.com aq

    Yes, I think we are on the same paaaaage.

  • Netta

    Cute!

  • april ap smith

    DOPE!

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