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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.

(via buttonpoetry)

September 20 2017

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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.

September 09 2017

The arc of history bends toward justice, but not on its own. It requires agitation and protest, but also the patient and careful, often excruciating, work of dismantling language—whether it’s news, blatant propaganda, or anything else—to figure out what it’s doing, how it’s acting on us. And in most cases, leaving it dismantled, so others can see it for what it is, even if, much of the time, it leaves you looking cynical, unpatriotic, subversive. But subversion is, after all, the duty of the patriot under the threat of tyranny. It’s our most effective tool.
Semiotic Weapons by Stewart L. Sinclair at Guernica.

September 08 2017

So if Bannon is out, what’s left? It’s just reverse Robin Hood with extra racism.
Paul Krugman: Whither Trumpism?

September 07 2017

I really love you, 
believe me. It is something I inherited
from my mother.
— From Attila József’s “Attila József” which Edward Hirsch calls his “love poem to himself.” (via clarityandchaos)
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Got an hour to spare in London, so I did my two favorite things to do in a city: Buy books and drink good coffee!

Picked up Ali Smith’s Autumn and Brexit and the British by Stephen Green. Now I’m enjoying a great flat white at The CoffeeWorks Project.

#coffee #bookstagram #igreads #flatwhite #london #instatravel #hauscuriosities #penguinbooks #manbooker #clarityandchaos

September 06 2017

I couldn’t counter that narrative. I couldn’t write, “You’d realize you were being conned if you read Roland Barthes.”

That’s a painful truth about a liberal-arts education. For those who achieved it for the sake of upward mobility, we often find that people back home are proud of us, but disregard much of our education as pretentious—irrelevant in the real world. My education was Fake Knowledge.

Semiotic Weapons by Stewart L. Sinclair at Guernica.
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September 05 2017

While the news media was obsessing over emails and deplorables and scandals amounting to little more than innuendo, and while voters were shrugging that Mrs. Clinton just didn’t seem honest or relatable, a shameless misogynist was unabashedly and loudly firing up deep sexual and racial biases to catapult himself into the White House. He stalked a woman onstage while we all watched, and then he won the election. Now we expect her to be very sorry.

Perhaps it’s not just Hillary Clinton who should be thinking about what she could have done differently.

Opinion | Donald Was a Creep. Too Bad Hillary Couldn’t Say It.

September 04 2017

Several laureates do not see populism as an immediate threat to scientific progress, but they express concern about where it may lead. One New York-based researcher explains that “populism is not a danger to science as long as it does not develop into nationalism”.
Do great minds think alike? The THE/Lindau Nobel Laureates Survey

August 20 2017

Einstein’s theory may even have subtly influenced Woolf’s simple-but-sublime philosophy of art and life, which sought meaning in a frenetic, non-linear, likely godless world. Woolf desired to write fiction that captured the flux and strangeness of inner and outer life.
— Gabrielle Bellot: How Much of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is in the Writing of Virginia Woolf? Fascinating essay on relativity in science and modernist literature.

August 17 2017

Play fullscreen

David Ramirez: Time 

Really the big change in my life for the last 3 months is the shift from lyrical “I” to lyrical “you” in the first verse of David Ramirez’s Time. 

August 12 2017

Hollywood has likely done more than any other American institution to obstruct a truthful apprehension of the Civil War, and thus modern America’s very origins. So one need not wait to observe that any foray by HBO into the Civil War must be met with a spirit of pointed inquiry and a withholding of all benefit of the doubt.
Ta-Nehisi Coates: The Lost Cause Rides Again

August 11 2017

Trump’s fire and fury may just be sound and fury, signifying nothing—but it also reveals how much our vaunted global order has always been teetering on the edge of the bleakest nothingness.
Patrick Blanchfield: The Annihilator

July 19 2017

Silk stockings never fully recovered. In 1941, as the United States prepared for war, the U.S. blocked Japanese imports. Meanwhile, the invention of nylon set the stage for new leg fashions. By 1942, writes Glickman, “the act of donning or rejecting silk stockings became irrelevant.” But the idea that consumption could also mean morality didn’t—and questions about the origins of our clothing have persisted ever since.
Why Women Burned Their Stockings in the 1930s

July 14 2017

Maybe as your prisoner I’ll never see the light of day but I believe darkness is my destiny inside you all is well
‘Your Lifelong Prisoner’ – Liu Xiaobo’s poem from prison
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