"To repeat Octavia Butler response after winning her MacArthur: I’m no genius. They didn’t ask me to take any kind of IQ test before turning over the letter. Sure I worked my ass off these last 16 years, poured my heart into everything I wrote, took as many risks as I could endure, but fuck, which artist hasn’t more or less done the same? Still, as an artist one is always humbled and gratified when the larger world recognizes the impossible work you’ve put into your art. The loot will definitely be awesome for the work—maybe I’ll be able to teach less, to delve deeper into my next novel than I would ever have imagined, I might be able to buy my own apartment and get all my books out of storage, pull my book self together. A MacArthur buys quite a lot of freedom and hopefully that freedom will allow me to become a better artist. That’s the dream, isn’t it? And at the indirect level I hope the award will bring visibility to U.S. Latino letters and inspire young people from similar backgrounds—Dominican, Latino, Caribbean, African Diasporic, food stamp poor, immigrant, ESL, Speech therapy, no one’s favorite student ever—to realize that you don’t need a lightning bolt on your forehead to be amazing—that you don’t have to come from communities or families of ancestral power to be yourself excellent in your art. As I always tell my young people half of what fools call genius is just showing up and doing the work and that’s something anybody can do if they got the heart. Absolutely anybody."

Omnivoracious: National Book Award Nominee Junot Díaz on Winning a MacArthur Genius Grant, the Joy in Writing, and “This Is How You Lose Her” (via peterwknox)

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"She stuck a bookmark
in my heart
and walked away."

Saul Williams, from “She”

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"Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character. How you live matters…Rehearsal’s over. You’re going out there now, you’re going to do this thing. How you live matters. You’re going to fall down, but the world doesn’t care how many times you fall down, as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up."

— aaron sorkin in his amazing commencement address to syracuse (via thekimenator)

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“i’ve always loved intelligent girls, no matter how they look, to be able to hold a conversation with someone is so important. the moment someone acts dumb, i lose interest. i think about the subtext and layers of a person when i design. i design for someone who has interest in the space around her, who is aware of her relationship with the world, someone a little evolved, a little concerned. i think putting more women in power will help solve a lot of problems in the world.

it troubles me that the media celebrate women acting like bimbos on tv — it’s not cute, it’s ridiculous.”

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- prabal gurung

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"Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out the window."

William Faulkner

my motto these days

in order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it, they must not do too much of it, and they must have a sense of success in it.

 - john ruskin (1819 - 1900) | erehwyna: texturism: emphasisadded

"The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention."

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

"If you don’t live a life in service of a greater good, you’ve gotta at least die a death in service of a greater good, you know? And I fear I won’t get either a life or a death that means anything."

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."

The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

something to think about

something to think about