“I want us to celebrate our lives, to celebrate ourselves. If you don’t celebrate your life and yourself, your story cannot celebrate itself. You have a responsibility to make your story known.”—Chinua Achebe
Aretha suffered through rough relationships with men, chronic weight problems and bouts of despondency. But always there was the music, the splendor and artistry and grace of Aretha when she was at her best, which was often. As the author Peter Guralnick has put it: “Aretha staked out a claim for the ecstatic transcendence of the imagination.” -Bob Herbert, The New York Times
When my writing is not going well, there are two things I do in the hope of luring the words back: I read some pages of books that I love or I watch the world. This is my view when I am in Lagos. An ordinary view, with houses close together, cars crammed in corners, each compound with its own gate, little kiosks dotting the street. But it is a view choked with stories, because it is full of people. I watch them and I imagine their lives and invent their dreams.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s view of Lagos by Matteo Pericoli. Photograph: Matteo Pericoli
“The old men in my village used to say, everything changes by the colour of the glass you see it through. Nothing is true. Everything’s imagined. Do you notice reflections? For me, sometimes the reflection is far more present than the thing being reflected.”—The Mexican in The Limits of Control (via anemptyspace)
“So it seems to me that people, especially women, especially women who have all these choices, are now looking for things that aren’t oppressive exactly but are pretty suffocating. What used to be called middle-class respectability looked like it was going to disappear, but it didn’t. It’s returned. It just returned in a different costume. If you do it in a loft instead of a split-level in the suburbs, it’s still the same. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be allowed to do it; I’m saying it’s suburban. This is why New York today seems suburban to me—all kids and babies in strollers. It’s 1950s domestic life. The sidewalks are the same size, but now you have twins and dogs.”—Fran Lebowitz
“No longer will tens of thousands of Americans be asked to live a lie. [Our troops] sacrifice a lot for their country, none of them should have to sacrifice their integrity as well.”—Obama at the signing of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. (via highlow)
What's the point in saying "No homo"? No one's going to think you're gay if you tell your friend you love them. I don't go to my little sister and say "I love you. No incest". If i'm at my Grandfather's grave, i don't go "I love you. No Necrophilia"