Jane Espenson (from interview with Advocate.com)\
I dunno how many which ways this needs to be said
I’m putting this on my pre-req list for anyone who wants to discuss culture, writing…you know what, if you want to talk about pretty much anything with me, go read it.
Go read it now, and take a minute when you are done to appreciate the fantastic art included with the post.
Lily Myers - “Shrinking Women” (CUPSI 2013)
“As she shrinks, the space around her seems increasingly vast.”
Lily Myers, of Wesleyan University, performing at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. This piece was awarded Best Love Poem in the tournament.
“I asked five questions in genetics class today, and all of them started with the word ‘sorry.’”
I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.
I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation. I wish I wasn’t the kid in the classroom raising his hand and saying, “I’m different.” If I had my way, someone else would have already done this. Nobody has, which is why I’m raising my hand.
It seems like the first rule of magic, or at least the first limitation mentioned, is usually ‘you can’t bring back the dead.’
And I know it makes sense from a writing standpoint, but I also wonder if it comes from somewhere else. If that’s just the first, most common human response to hearing that magic is possible.
Maybe the first question was, ‘Are the dead still going to stay dead?’ for so long that people stopped needing to say it, that it just got answered right away. Yes, the world will still hurt. Chin up, you can make fire from your fingertips. Maybe you can hurt it back.
Monica Wood, The Pocket Muse (masculine pronouns changed to feminine)
I needed to hear this today.
And again today.
(See also: the Law of Undulations)