Between talking to FlapJilly
and hugging FlapJilly
I haven't had time to think of anything deeper than the profundity of the love one can conjure up when faced with the eyes of the child of your child.
I know you'll understand.
Little Bunny Foo Foo,
hopping through the forest,
picking up the field mice,
and bopping them over their heads.Nobody could remember the rest of the tune. It was searched on the interwebs, and we learned of the Fairy Godmother who gave the bunny three chances to reform before she turned him into a goon.
It wasn't hard for my brother and I to see...and then
My father trudged my brother and I through....which had the added benefit of misusing trudged. I gave up at this one
Dad started taking Nate and I to games.Unless his family included a child named I, every one of those sentences should have rankled in the writer's inner ear.
When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.
That feeling you get when you can't read anything else for a while after it's done. It changes your life for a whileAdam Mansbach - On reading
You can reach a level of intimacy unparalleled in anything else.Adam Mansbach - On profanity
It's said that profanity is used because the author cannot think of another word. I can always think of another word. Sometimes, fuck is the right word. No parent has ever stood over a screaming child at 3 in the morning and said "Go the heck to sleep!"Merle Reagle - On the misuse of the language
You're just exasperating the situation ..... it gets to the point, but it's wrong!Merle Reagle - On clues he couldn't use in a puzzle, but had to share with us
Tyne Daley's take on 50 Shades of Grey - Gag Me and Lace Me
Aaron Paul was a meth head actor in Breaking Bad (meth head.... method.... ugh! puns!)
In rap music, the C is silent.Leonard Pitts - On America, American history, and Americans
Black people are missing from history books after the Civil War up to Rosa Parks. But we were here.
The best love poem ever written was created with the feet of slaves walking thousands of miles to find - perhaps - their loved ones. (This is the theme of his novel, Freeman.)
America's Spiritual Secession - If we disagree, we cannot talk. We have problems but we are not talking about them.
America has decided to incarcerate black folks, and the consequences are staggering.
We have begun the repeal of the 20th century.Jean Kwok - On writing fiction
It is the one medium where you can really feel like you are inhabiting the character.Carol Cassella - On reading and writing
Did you ever find yourself rereading a sentence, over and over again, because the language was so beautiful?And then there were the books the speakers recommended. I'll list them here, in no particular order.
Grace Paley - Just as I Thought
Adam Mansbach - The End of the Jews
Leon Litwak - Been in the Storm So Long
The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander
Becoming Dad - Leonard Pitts
Ben Fountain - Brief Encounters with Che Guevara
Slavery by Another Name - A documentary film shown at Sundance and on PBS****
"And, you remember, science teaches us that ...."All the what if's and possibly's were caught up right there - there were certain pieces of the puzzle which are provable. There's a touchstone of what is that science can explain. The leaps between those facts are what makes it the humanities, I guess.
Youth isn’t freedom in any political sense. It’s an emancipation from boredom, from prescription, from tradition. It’s the fullness of potential, the ability to be the person you want to be. It’s about the freedom to choose how you relate; the freedom to choose how you understand; the freedom to try new things; the freedom to make mistakes. Youth understands freedom with limits — that being adaptable is the only thing that will set you free.Somehow, that seems like retirement to me.
There’s a limited amount of difference in the world, and the mainstreaming of its pursuit has only made difference all the scarcer.Really? A limited amount of difference? These are people who live in New York City... do they not look out their windows at the mishmash of humanity walking by?
When the fringes get more and more crowded, Mass Indie turns toward the middle. Having mastered difference, the truly cool attempt to master sameness.So, am I cool because I am different or because I am the same? What about that screed on youth seven paragraphs ago? What happened to freedom?
Situational • Non-deterministic • Adaptable • Unconcerned with authenticity • Empathy over Tolerance • Post-aspirationalAgain, it sounds to me like the wisdom which comes with age.
Normcore knows your consumer choices aren’t irrelevant, they’re just temporary. People compromise, people are inconsistent. Making one choice today and a conflicting choice tomorrow doesn’t make you a hypocrite. It just makes you complex.And suddenly,it all became clear to me. These are people who are looking at the externals, and assuming they reflect what's going on inside, too. Their report might try to refute that, but I don't see it.
Normcore seeks the freedom that comes with non-exclusivity. It finds liberation in being nothing special, and realizes that adaptability leads to belonging. Normcore is a path to a more peaceful life.Okay... that's G'ma telling me to stop worrying about what everyone else is doing/saying/wearing and to come inside and have dinner. Removing the comparisons, rejecting the judgments, being flexible and open to newness.... that's part of growing up.