“'Cool' is a transformative compliment. It breaks down more walls than complimenting features. You're born with your nose. It's whatever. An attitude is acquired by stimulus and response. So when you call a person cool, you're acknowledging that they have a certain power over their situations, that they have a bit of that divine stride that hints of greater agency. People want to be cool more than they want to be rich and there's a reason and it's not shallow. It means they have a composite strength that intoxicates a room. So you call people cool, watch them change. I mean it doesn't work for saturated spazzes, some people just dig staying stuck, but for an awful lot of people, they just want to know someone sees their identity, that they have presence. Dig that truth.”—Dig Yourself Cools (via howitzerliterarysociety)
“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity. We cherish books even if unread, there mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance.”—A.E. Newton (via petersbourgeoises)
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
“What she was finding also was also how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren’t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”—Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader. (via ablogwithaview)