"It is true that in this time people set their faces hard for photographs … The women seem suspended in a state somewhere between melancholy and fury and are surrounded by old men in strange beards that look as if someone had dabbed glue at random points on their faces, then hurled buckets of white hair in their direction."
— Thunderstruck, Erik Larson
"They took the piss out of me relentlessly…The first day, when I was coming in to the theatre, Dominic Cooper, who plays Dakin, was lounging in the stage door and someone said “What are you doing here, Dominic?” and he said “Oh, I’m in this crap play about history by - what’s the guy’s name? Oh hello, Alan."
— Alan Bennett [x] (via fuckyeahthehistoryboys)
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"Motherfuckers will read a book that’s 1/3 elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and White people think we’re taking over."
Junot Diaz to the interview question “Do you think using Spanish in your writing alienates some of your readers?” (via spoopyzourry)
Always reblog Junot Diaz
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"Listen, I think one of the things that’s real strange, and I see it with my kids, is that they have entire networks of communications, and entire networks of joining up with each other and talking that I think elude folks like me and older. I mean I’m not on Tumblr every darn day, I’m not. I don’t have Instagram. I don’t get on any of these networks that my kids are on. There’s all this movement, and information that’s passing and that is slipping past what we would call the mainstream radar. And my kids, my students, they understand that there’s kinda two worlds; the official world where they’ll go work and the official world where they’ll talk to adults and in that official world folks don’t talk about race, folks don’t talk about rape, folks don’t acknowledge how much young people are doing, what they’re doing, folks don’t talk about how many gay folks are out there. And then… there’s the world they live on, the ground, where they’re seeing this stuff right up front. And I think a lot of what’s going on is that a lot of communities are becoming bilingual. Speaking real speak, and real speak is the stuff we acknowledge is happening. And speaking the official speak, and the official speak we don’t acknowledge any of this stuff. It’s code but it’s also negation, because part of what you’re seeing with the republican madness is, what they wanna do is put that story back. They wanna push it back, they wanna negate it, they wanna erase it. I think when you speak the official code, part of it is erasing. You want to not talk about this, not talk about that, let’s just talk about the old thing. And you if you talk about anything new Ima get real mad at you."
— Junot Diaz - Moyers & Company Show 151: Rewriting the Story of America (via kenobi-wan-obi)
"Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them."
— Marcus Aurelius (via thatkindofwoman)
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"Even if the hopes you started out with are dashed, hope has to be maintained."
— Seamus Heaney (via theniftymoose)
"If work was a good thing, the rich would have it all and not let you do it."
— Elmore Leonard 1925-2013 R.I.P. (via buildings-on-fire)
"There are so many brilliant things that are undiscovered and so many terrible things that are celebrated, so I think it is potentially dangerous to assume that there’s some kind of logic or underlying merit to popular success. I think you have to do what you think is right and keep your fingers crossed."
— Richard Ayoade (x)
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"Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul."
— Charlie Chaplin in a letter to his daughter, Geraldine (via rivaiomine)
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"White supremacy has taught him that all people of colour are threats irrespective of their behaviour. Capitalism has taught him that, at all costs, his property can and must be protected. Patriarchy has taught him his masculinity has to be proved by the willingness to conquer fear through aggression; that it would be unmanly to ask questions before taking action. Mass media then brings us the news of this in a newspeak manner that sounds almost jocular and celebratory, as though no tragedy has happened, as though the sacrifice of a young life was necessary to uphold property values and white patriarchal honour. Viewers are encouraged to feel sympathy for the white male home owner who made a mistake. The fact that this mistake led to the death of an innocent young man does not register; the narrative is worded to encourage viewers to identify with the one who made the mistake by doing what we are lead to feel we might all do to “protect our property at all costs from any sense of perceived threat.” This is what the worship of death looks like."
— bell hooks on Zimmerman (via becomingkeltik)