Bits & Pieces (Early September edition)
- "Well, I think the Internet in general allows people to only see what they already agree with. It’s funny, it’s ironic really, because we thought that with the Internet we were going to be expanding our minds and in some ways of course we have, but in a lot of ways I think it’s worked in the opposite direction."
Bill Maher: I won’t watch John Oliver Joel Keller
"My father is a great man, and a self-made one. Everything he is now, he chose to be— Picking and choosing from observations and conversations. His longest running teachings are as follows: King makers are more important than kings. Sometimes you have to push, sometimes you have to pull. Carry people with you. Sip your scotch. Respect is earned the longer you make a bottle last."
On the need for good scotch Priyanka Joseph
- “‘I was watching his face, but his face didn’t move at all. His breathing was normal, but his hands…’ She pauses, and the word hangs thickly in the air. ‘His hands felt like he was awake.’”
Rape Culture in the Alaskan Wilderness Sara Bernard
- "In June, I found a way to get paid for my body—I worked as a model for a men’s clothing ad. I was not the focus of the photo, but I sat on a lawn chair in the background reading a paperback copy of Catcher in the Rye. That morning, a large man had teased my hair into a lion’s mane, smoothed it into a housewife bouffant, then curled the ends. As he slipped each curl out of the iron’s round barrel, he held it in his hand like a baby bird, blowing on the hair until it cooled. Doesn’t that hurt your hand? I asked. He looked at me in the mirror and said, No, baby, I’m a man.”
Pity the Animal Chelsea Hodson
- “‘They are just things,’ my parents taught me, when we moved from place to place and left more and more in our wake. But I have begun to find it difficult to escape from this mindset even in relation to people and experiences. I do not know if this is the epitome of unwellness or if it is mature; I remember crying for a pretty calico cat that my father took back to the pound because she could not accompany us on our move, but the years that separate me from that child also spunkily create distance between me and loved ones in airports as if there were not thread of feeling between us.”
Different Corners Kara Vanderbijl
- "It’s funny how you find ideas that fit your way of life. For a long time I agreed with Didion when she said she didn’t respect people who never left home. Now I’m not so sure that’s a virtue. The people who stay in their hometowns, who face their pasts, who live among family, those people are the tough ones. They’re the ones who are willing to live for something that goes beyond that selfish idea of ‘getting what you want.’ Who ever said we were owed that? Who promised that to us? In our time, everyone knows there is a whole world out there and that all you need to see it is enough money to get on a plane. You don’t have to be brave to leave. You have to be brave to stay.”
- July 23, 2014 Bart Schaneman
10 Quotes for Writers by Writers: Real Talk II
"My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying."
— Anton Chekhov
"Rejection slips, or form letters, however tactfully phrased, are lacerations of the soul, if not quite inventions of the devil—but there is no way around them."
— Isaac Asimov
“No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild yeasts, and all your bread will taste better. Even a failed loaf is not wasted. Likewise, cheese makers wash the dairy floor with whey. Tomato gardeners compost with rotten tomatoes. No writing is wasted: the words you can’t put in your book can wash the floor, live in the soil, lurk around in the air. They will make the next words better.”
— Erin Bow