Anonymous asked: Yo, how fucked up is it that white Christians can be all like "I'm a sinner because the very first human being in recorded history ate some bad fruit", but when you bring up slavery they're like "OMG THAT WAS SO LONG AGO I NEVER OWNED SLAVES DON'T BLAME ME FOR IT"
Almost like those motherfuckers are a buncha idiots tho.
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"I don’t understand my feelings. Sometimes I feel sad and I don’t know why. Then sometimes I feel silly, and I don’t know why either. Now I feel ‘wow,’ because this is my very first interview."
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I suddenly feel a vague pity for all those writers who have to ply their trade from sleepy American suburbs, writing divorce scenes symbolized by the very slow washing of dishes.
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I know what I want for Christmas.
Coming December ‘14.
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Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they flare into desire.
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Paul Ryan blames poverty on lazy “inner city” men.
Because Paul Ryan is a lazy, midwestern, rich guy who can’t be bothered to even think up NEW racist tropes from which to benefit politically, much less give any thought to the real structural reasons for people’s economic woes, as that would implicate pieces of shit like him who advocate for cutting social programs even though his entire career was made possible by government social programs. Nothing like pulling up the ladder once you’ve made it to the top then gazing down at the fallen riff raft and lecturing them about how they just weren’t strong enough to climb all the way up.
The world is full of garbage people with too much power.
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We need to develop a better descriptive vocabulary for lying, a taxonomy, a way to distinguish intentional lies from unintentional ones, and a way to distinguish the lies that the liar himself believes in—a way to signal those lies that could more accurately be understood as dreams.
— Rivka Galchen Atmospheric Disturbances
As a fellow employee of NYPL, I fully endorse this message. Right on.
"You want to photograph me eating chicken?"
"Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message."
"I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."
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We are sitting here together, my digestion and I. I am reading a book and it is working away at the lunch I ate a little while ago.
— Lydia Davis “Companion” Samuel Johnson Is Indignant
It is certainly true that the larger and older the living thing is, the harder it is to know how to care for it.
— Lydia Davis “Priority” Samuel Johnson Is Indignant: Stories