Saying that everything is fine or that it will never get any better are ways of going nowhere or making it impossible to go anywhere. Either approach implies that there is no road out or that, if there is, you don’t need to or can’t go down it. You can. We have.
— Rebecca Solnit Men Explain Things To Me “Pandora’s Box And The Volunteer Police Force”
"His grandmother and I are raising him. I worry about putting him into the public school system. I was a teacher for many years. I’ve seen so much confidence destroyed by the standardized system. Every human is born with natural curiosity. I’ve never seen a child who wasn’t inspired. But once you force someone to do anything, the inspired person is killed. I dropped out of school myself in 7th grade. So I know. I taught a GED course for years, so I’ve seen the end results over and over. I’ve seen so many kids who have complexes and insecurities because they were forced to do something they weren’t ready to do, and then they were blamed when they weren’t able to do it. What we call ‘education’ today is not organic. You can’t take something as complex as the human mind, compartmentalize it, and regiment its development so strictly."
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Read more at Lambda Literary’s website.
GAY GENERAL FICTION
- Mundo Cruel: Stories, Luis Negron; translated by Suzanne Jill Levine, Seven Stories Press
LESBIAN GENERAL FICTION
- Happiness, Like Water, Chinelo Okparanta, Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
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Anonymous said: "I care way more about getting to do what I want to do than trying to fix any kind of thing that fucks over millions of others, up to and including people getting shot and killed in bulk weekly. I mean, fuck them, right?" - All republicans
That’s correct, fuck those assholes.
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For evil to triumph it is only necessary for the bad guys to be the ones with the guns.
— William Nicholson The Society Of Others
Powerful, compelling argument from one of the best essayists of our time discussing his phenomenal, hopefully seminal, piece “The Case For Reparations.”
[My Twitter tribute to Maya Angelou, who is now resting in power at age 86]
Maya Angelou has always been my blueprint, the black woman writer whose work has affirmed me, whose words assured me that I was worthy of being heard. It was Maya Angelou who freed me with I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, it was Maya Angelou who helped me place first in my high school speech contest where I recited I Rise and Phenomenal Woman, it was Maya Angelou who strengthened me as I prepared to share my story in 2011 with the following mantra:
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
Thank you, Maya, my mother-writer-sister-goddess.
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But of course it makes sense because we are Third Worlders and Third Worlders are forward-looking, we like things to be new, because our best is still ahead, while in the West their best is already past and so they have to make a fetish out of that past.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah
'But are they treating you well? Are they treating you well?' as though the treatment was what mattered, rather than the blighted reality of it all, that he was in a holding center, about to be deported.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Americanah
We should watch. She’s hurting, but that doesn’t mean she’ll hurt forever—or that hurt is the only identity she can own. There is a way of representing female consciousness that can witness pain but also witness a larger self around that pain—a self who grows larger than its scars without disowning them, who is neither wound-dwelling nor jaded, who is actually healing.
— Leslie Jamison “Grand Unified Theory Of Female Pain” The Empathy Exams