Sabaa Tahir

YA Author, Musichead, Book Junkie

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January 2014

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Am I really so limited in what I read? Yes. Yes I am. And it’s BAD.

The Guardian published an article about a panel at the Jaipur LitFest, where Chinese-British author Xiaolu Guo slammed Americans for have “massively overrated” literature. More specifically, she pwned us for not reading many foreign language books translated to English. In the Guardian article, Guo is quoted as saying: “Nowadays all this narrative [literature is] very similar…so all the poetry, all the alternative things, have been pushed ...
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Monday Morning Beats

First time I heard this, I wasn’t a huge fan. (This is why one should always listen to songs twice. One never knows if one will be in a lame/foolish mood the first time around.) Anyway, now the more I listen to it, the more I love it. Sigur Ros–Isjaki.
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I sold my book

After 6.5 years of dreaming, 4.5 years of writing, 5 major drafts and dozens of minor ones, I am  thankful to say that my book, AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, will be published by Penguin Press/Razorbill in the first quarter of 2015, iA. Film rights have been acquired by Paramount Pictures. Kudos to the remarkable Alexandra Machinist for knocking it out of the park. So excited to be working with Razorbill! Huzzah!  
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“And it’s hard to dance/With a devil on your back/So shake him off.”

WHAT IT MEANS TO WRITE Like climbing a god-damn mountain. Hurts more than childbirth. Not enough hours in the day. Can’t type fast enough. Can’t keep up with what’s in my head. Can’t get what’s in my head onto paper. Frustration. You will fail. Can’t find the right words. Can’t explain what I dream.  Every day, someone else finishes a book. Gets an agent. Gets it published. Every day, it’s not me. This is stupid. I should quit. ...
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Monday Morning Beats

Why does a song that came out in 1993 still sound ridiculously awesome? Because it’s by Radiohead. “You” is the first song I heard by them (yes, even before “Creep”) and though I love pretty much everything Thom Yorke does, this song is still my favorite.
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“It’s better to feel pain/than nothing at all/the opposite of love is indifference.”

While at the coffee shop waiting for my dark roast, I noticed a guy juggling a billion notebooks ordering a drink. The barista asked him about the notebooks and he told her he was writing a book about China’s nuclear ambitions. After he finished speaking to the barista, I introduced myself. (I’ve met a couple of my best writer friends in coffee shops.) I’m a writer, too, I said. Oh. He looked shifty, like I’d caught him stealing. I’m not a ...
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Monday Morning Beats

I like this so much better than the original, probably b/c I was in 2nd grade when the original came out. It’s a good way to start the year. “Let the Day Begin” by BRMC.