“I think a good novel can be a doorstop to despair. I also think the real bravery comes with those who prepared to go through that door and look at the world in all its grime and torment, and still find something of value, no matter how small.”—Colum McCann
“'If what you really want is to get people to hear your position and make social change,' Dougher says, 'take the good things from that culture and ditch the things that don't work in our current culture.'”—
I only discovered riot grrl after it was “over,” but it was revolutionary to me. I had grown up a tomboy who didn’t identity with women at all and struggled with how to handle the fact I was supposed to be one. Traditional femininity didn’t make sense to me; neither did traditional feminism. Riot grrl, though, opened it all up. It said being a girl was nothing to apologize for, that being strong and independent was nothing to apologize for, that sex was nothing to apologize for, and that redefining identity, power and life on your own terms was possible.
It’s not just nostalgia. It’s a reminder that girls still need this, young and old alike.
“I learned about drinking whiskey, specifically bourbon whiskey, from Raymond Chandler. Actually, I recently read in his letters that Chandler was more of a gin man. So I really learned about drinking whiskey from Chandler’s alter ego, Philip Marlowe.”—"Raymond Chandler and the Blue Dahlia Gambit," by Michael Norris.
“I couldn’t forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”—
“I always wrote. I wrote from when I was 12. That was therapeutic for me in those days. I wrote things to get them out of feeling them, and onto paper. So writing in a way saved me, kept me company. I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn’t know. It was something I always did…. I have a mess in my head sometimes, and there’s something very satisfying about putting it into words. Certainly it’s not something that you’re in charge of, necessarily, but writing about it, putting it into your words, can be a very powerful experience. And putting it well, God, there’s no pleasure better than that.”—Carrie Fisher
“Music isn’t meant to give you hugs. I’m not here to give you a hug. I’m just not. This is meant to inspire you, to wake people up, and engage people and make people feel alive. I don’t want to make people feel like they want to go to sleep. I would feel like a failure if that happened.”—Janet Weiss