Art will not create social change, but it can provoke thought and prepare us for...– Elizabeth Catlett (via blaublueblah)
To the last we will have learned nothing. In all of us, deep down, there seems...– J.M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians (1980)
Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in...– Deepak Chopra (via heyfranhey)
Junot Diaz on Men Who Write About Women
The Atlantic: It sounds like you're saying that literary "talent" doesn't inoculate a writer—especially a male writer—from making gross, false misjudgments about gender. You'd think being a great writer would give you empathy and the ability to understand people who are unlike you—whether we're talking about gender or another category. But that doesn't seem to be the case.
Junot Diaz: I think that unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations. Without fail. The only way not to do them is to admit to yourself [that] you're fucked up, admit to yourself that you're not good at this shit, and to be conscious in the way that you create these characters. It's so funny what people call inspiration. I have so many young writers who're like, "Well I was inspired. This was my story." And I'm like, "OK. Sir, your inspiration for your stories is like every other male's inspiration for their stories: that the female is only in there to provide sexual service." There comes a time when this mythical inspiration is exposed for doing exactly what it's truthfully doing: to underscore and reinforce cultural structures, or I'd say, cultural asymmetry.
It is okay to be at a place of struggle. Struggle is just another word for...– Neale Donald Walsch (via heyfranhey)
Decide you want it more than you are afraid of it.– Bill Cosby (via heyfranhey)
May you never lose your enthusiasm at any moment for the rest of your life: it’s...– Paulo Coelho (via heyfranhey)
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Essential reading from George Orwell
Our culture had to ease up on the hostility on the gender issues,” says Ru....– RuPaul, speaking to Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, in this great profile over on Spin. (via thegist) AMAZING
Something within her refused to grow. Something endless, eternal. Something...– Patti Smith’s beautiful tribute to Virginia Woolf, who took her own life on March 28, 1941. (via explore-blog)
mydamnblog11: Brothas. Remember you have options. Remember you have power. Hold down your integrity. Hold down your pride. Never let your light go. Don’t break, don’t bend, don’t bow. Don’t fold, don’t fall, don’t falter.
Be happy for no reason, like a child.– Deepak Chopra
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.– Eleanor Roosevelt (via hemsleyandhemsley)
There’s something very important about films about black women and girls being...– Ava DuVernay, Writer/Director/Producer of “I Will Follow” and “Middle of Nowhere” (via womanwholovestruth) SING IT AGAIN, AVA! (via thegist)
plot twist: you suddenly realize she's not actually angry or hostile, you're just predisposed to see vocal black women that way.
Walker, there is no path; the path is made by walking.– by Antonio Machado, poet. Still, I got it from Umair Haque from a recent blog post of him “Mastering the Art of Living Meaningfully Well”. It’s worth reading! (via querdenken)
I don’t want a revolution. I want a million tiny revolutions. Revolts not merely...– Umair Haque, on what he’s looking for in “You Don’t Need This Recovery”. (via justinmwhitaker)
Umair Haque: Neo-feudalism? →
justinmwhitaker: With all the talk today about whether this or that sector of the economy is “fine”, it’s probably a good time to reshare this. Keep your eye on the bigger picture, not on the trivia.
when meaning is a luxury, not a necessity, just another urge to satisfy, not a...– Wanting Meaningful Work Is Not a First World Problem - Umair Haque - Harvard Business Review (via axelletess)
Money is not a measure of enduring accomplishment. Pursuing the paycheck first...– An excerpt from The Reality Manifesto by Umair Haque. (via hubertsawyers)
Rugged individualism is nice in theory, but the truth is: if you’re going to...– Umair Haque (via witemfasis)
…how do you find your passion? Let me put it another way: what is it that breaks...– Umair Haque (via saltine)
monserra: I need self-control if I’m to go into the shetland pony tag IT’S ALL TOO CUTE Literally me RN just saved like 50,000 Shetland photos on my iPhone 25,000 of which were of my hoovesy buddies in cardigans waaaaaarghhhhh #textSTOPnow
to be a lotus-eater I refuse to sleepwalk through life I will live my life with purpose on purpose <3
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A roadmap to a life that matters How to let your purpose find you Wanting meaningful work is not a first-world problem Making a choice between money and meaning a full list of all his glorious posts
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The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being so...– William Ralph Inge (via hemsleyandhemsley)
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simwisesucks: I think I blog instead of vomit. Like nausea the need to blog keeps me awake at night, making me toss and turn until I regurgitate my thoughts on screen in an attempt to at least try and make some sense of them. These days that need comes less and less as I revel in my descent into obscurity. One… damn….
why do you live in your body like you will be given another? as if it were...– warsan shire
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Today’s intern is your boss tomorrow, today’s cameraman owns the studio WENDY KNOWSSSS #friendinthehead #humility #wendyrules