"I have observed that male writers tend to get asked what they think and women what they feel. In my experience, and that of a lot of other women writers, all of the questions coming at them from interviewers tend to be about how lucky they are to be where they are – about luck and identity and how the idea struck them. The interviews much more seldom engage with the woman as a serious thinker, a philosopher, as a person with preoccupations that are going to sustain them for their lifetime." Eleanor Catton has been getting a lot of press for being the youngest author ever to win the Man Booker prize, but in The Guardian she claims that the new fame is a mixed blessing that often brings up sexism. (via millionsmillions)
"When you acknowledge your own dying and your connection with the past, and the fact that in your future you will go into the cycle of leaf mold and new leaves—only then are you truly connected. That’s true, that’s real. That’s the only big truth. Accept that and take your place and be content. This is a vision. It’s nothing where you can reside for twenty-four hours a day, your whole life, but it’s something." Albert Camus, from Notebooks (1945)
"All stories are about wolves. All worth repeating, that is. Anything else is sentimental drivel…. Think about it. There’s escaping from the wolves, fighting the wolves, capturing the wolves, taming the wolves. Being thrown to the wolves, or throwing others to the wolves so the wolves will eat them instead of you. Running with the wolf pack. Turning into a wolf. Best of all, turning into the head wolf. No other decent stories exist." Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin (via etalks)
"I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."
Steven J. Gould born on this day in 1941. Gould was an American Marxist paleontologist, writer, theorist of “punctuated equilibrium” evolution
I love Einstein, but I think we’ve obsessed over him enough.
"Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper." David Quaimen (via prettybooks)
don’t you love those songs where the sound starts in one earphone and then you hear it like travel to the other one
(Source: beyoncebeytwice, via superadgirl)
"What a pleasure it is to degrade a woman."
Robin Thicke (no, really)
oh but he’s white so it’s harmless instead of those *gasp* rappers
seriously there’s a huge fucking deal about misogyny in hip hop and R&B, but it only focuses on artists who are PoC, yet some fucking gangrenous white boy can get away with this shit and nobody speaks up, he gets to perform on national television and there is no backlash
(Source: dimestoregoblinsnowman, via bivalves)
+Resources for the Muse: Female Characters in Fictional Roles
In 1985, Alison Bechdel wrote a comic strip in which a character stated that she would only go see a movie if the following criteria were met:
1. It has to have at least two women in it
2. who talk to each other
3. about something other than a man.