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October 19 2017

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“If I shut my eyes, I can still feel the fire from those days. And if I open my eyes, I still see the fires all around me. I didn’t like the way the world was, and I believe that there need to be some changes about the way the world is.”

John Carlos won bronze in the 200m dash in the 1968 Olympics and, along with  with Tommie Smith, protested against racism with a raised fist during the medal ceremony. That iconic protest moment happened this week 49 years ago. The quote is from his 2011 memoir.

October 18 2017

Even in the darkest times, you can feel confident in the ever-unfolding weirdness of nature.
Whenever you’re ready, it’s out there.
— Rosemary Mosco (@rosemarymosco)

October 06 2017

& remember,
loneliness is still time spent
with the world.
— Ocean Vuong, “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong” (via larmoyante)

October 05 2017

All these ideas were jamming my head at such a young age. For the first time in my life, there’s something positive: Now I’m a reader, I’m a thinker at another level.
Profile: Haki Madhubuti, the Book Publisher on the South Side
We should be able to retain the right to be wrong. (…) I’m wrong almost all the time. It’s OK to be wrong. It really is OK, you just have to sit in the feeling and deal with it. I never feel that certain in the first place, so this kind of succession of mistakes is just what I call my novels.
Zadie Smith says using social media would threaten her writing

October 04 2017

Rush Limbaugh makes a good punching bag, both because of his general grotesqueness, and because his personal flight from Florida provides a perfect punch line. But the paranoid style in policy debates is pretty much universal on the modern right.
The Paranoid Style In Conservative Politics

October 03 2017

At the press conference, Trump repeated that the big problem with getting help to Puerto Rico was “a thing called the Atlantic Ocean. This is tough stuff.” It is a tough body of water—all the more so, lately, due to a climate crisis that Trump denies—but that argument would be more persuasive if Maria had hit two days ago, rather than a week ago. Governor Rosselló observed that if Puerto Rico is not livable, its residents could always move en masse to the mainland. And why shouldn’t they move from one part of America to another, if they want to? This is their home.
The Distance Between Donald Trump and Puerto Rico

October 02 2017

While Horton certainly wouldn’t have thought in terms of academic or intellectual freedom, that is something that I think was present to his mind — the nature of his own freedom as a person, to move about, to have security in his body, but also to think and to speak.
Slave Poet’s Lost Essay On ‘Individual Influence’ Resonates Through Centuries

September 28 2017

In this era of carefully curated social media accounts, Photoshopped images, and heavily edited reality television, a view into real women beset by human frailty can be surprisingly refreshing. In The Other Alcott, I’ve tried to portray two talented but flawed women, both of whom pursued her dreams despite much adversity. For if only beautiful, brilliant, witty women can overcome the odds and make something of themselves, where does that leave the rest of us?
Louisa May Alcott: A Difficult Woman Who Got Things Done

September 27 2017

It wasn’t typical for NFL players to stand for the national anthem until 2009—before then, it was customary for players to stay in the locker room as the anthem played. A 2015 congressional report revealed that the Department of Defense had paid $5.4 million to NFL teams between 2011 and 2014 to stage on-field patriotic ceremonies; the National Guard shelled out $6.7 million for similar displays between 2013 and 2015.

Josh Levin, Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Is Working

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September 26 2017

What kind of beast would turn its life into words?
What atonement is this all about?
— Adrienne Rich, from ‘Twenty One Love Poems: VII’ The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974-1977 (via yellowtheatricalsilk)

September 25 2017

Little girls are only cute and adorable to adults. To each other they are not cute. They are life-sized.
— Margaret Atwood, CAT’S EYE (via amethystmenace)

September 24 2017

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It’s fall - new sunset views on the commute.

September 23 2017

The real tragedy of our postcolonial world is not that the majority of people had no say in whether or not they wanted this new world; rather, it is that the majority have not been given the tools to negotiate this new world.
— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (via quotespile)

September 22 2017

This was the time in her life that she fell upon books as the only door out of her cell. They became half her world.
— Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient (1992)

September 21 2017

A lover doesn’t
 discourage your
 growth. A lover says,
 
‘I see who you are today,
 I cannot wait to see who
 you become tomorrow.’

Donte Collins (via wnq-writers)

Get your copy of Donte’s incredible book now.

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September 20 2017

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macrolit:

Giveaway Contest: We’re giving away fifteen vintage paperback classics by George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, Jane Austen, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Kate Chopin, and others! Won’t this collection look lovely on your shelf? :D

To win these classics, you must: 1) be following macrolit on Tumblr (yes, we will check. :P), and 2) reblog this post. We will choose a random winner on October 7, at which time we’ll start a new giveaway. And yes, we’ll ship to any country. Easy, right? Good luck!

September 14 2017

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Faraday and me.
(I travelled to London for work last week and just now get around to looking through the pictures.) #latergram #london #thewas #iet #kingscollege #lastweek #selfie #clarityandchaos

September 11 2017

Most women fight wars on two fronts, one for whatever the putative topic is and one simply for the right to speak, to have ideas, to be acknowledged to be in possession of facts and truths, to have value, to be a human being.
Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me

September 10 2017

A new and growing body of research within psychology about meaningfulness confirms the wisdom of Eliot’s novel — that meaning is found not in success and glamour but in the mundane.
Opinion | You’ll Never Be Famous — And That’s O.K.
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