I suppose my depression is a form of vanity.”
Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely essential.”
— Jessamyn West (via tonyawrites)
We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don’t, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.”
— Jessamyn West (via larmoyante)
From what point of view is she looking at life as she sits there, terribly sensitive, registering one after another such diverse impressions? She is a writer; a born writer. Everything she feels and hears and sees is not fragmentary and separate; it belongs together as writing.”
I asked Yuri, “How do I do this? How do I live a political life with motherhood?” I was exhausted, but Yuri made it seem so easy.
“This,” she said, gesturing to my daughter in her lap, “is what you do. You just take your daughter everywhere, like I did with my kids – protests, rallies, long late-night planning meetings. We take our children with us and they grow up to be good people, people who care about the community. And she will learn what kind of woman her mother is by watching you work in the movement.”
Sweet, crazy conversations full of half sentences, daydreams and misunderstandings more thrilling than understanding could ever be. Toni Morrison, Beloved via Mills College School of Education
Joan Mitchell in her studio.
If I could
choose, a place to die,
it would never have been in your arms, old darling.
i need ferguson to go down in history books. i need school children in the year 2074 to learn about michael brown being shot on august 9th, 2014 by officer darren wilson. i need this to spark a movement. this can not lose the focus of society a mere month after it happened.