One of my favorite parts of growing up in an East Coast liberal enclave was sex education. I’ve realized this only with hindsight since living in much more conservative areas where honest, candid sex education is not a given for young people. I hope the Portland Public Schools recognize this, and preserve the program. Maybe I’ll write a letter…
“It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.”—James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time
Turning in me tonight are leftover thoughts from a radio program I was on recently. On the show, when asked if I identified with old ideas about women in the kitchen, I stammered over my words. Worse was when asked if, and why, I was stuck in a domestic kitchen. While the question caught me off guard, the answer, which simmers and even burns inside me, sings out louder than the other kitchen sounds: I am not. I am here because I choose to be.
“Me for Chicago every time. That’s what I say. And Mr. Breckenbridge, my boss, he’s been all over, in the big cities like Indianapolis, and New York, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis, all the big cities, and even in Toronto and Montreal in Canada, and he says the same thing. He always calls it Chicago Beautiful, and says there isn’t another city like it in the world.”—James Farrell, Studs Lonigan (via gloryshonearound)
“Never stop hustlin’. When you feel like quitting the hustle, start hustling harder. When you’ve hustled harder and you’re like, “Ok, I can take a break from hustling.” Then… YOU HUSTLE EVEN HARDER.”—Aziz Ansari
“A man says the rockets won’t work? We give you another who says they will. The public may not learn much about these fairly sensitive matters, but neither does it get another excuse to denounce the media for unfairness and lack of objectivity. In brief, society is teeming with people who become furious if told what the score is.”—Russell Baker, recalled in this earnest article from the rabble rousin’ Common Dreams, via TruthDig.