Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World…
I too am not a bit tamed[…]”
— Walt Whitman (via thelifeguardlibrarian)
Celebrating National Poetry Month with the lovely Mary Oliver
I had no one to help me, but the T. S. Eliot helped me. So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant, or any of the strange stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs a tough language – and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers – a language powerful enough to say how it is. It isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place.”
— Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? (via stephaniesilver)
To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
— Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country (via pureblyss)
I believe in fiction and the power of stories because that way we speak in tongues. We are not silenced. All of us, when in deep trauma, find we hesitate, we stammer; there are long pauses in our speech. The thing is stuck. We get our language back through the language of others. We can turn to the poem. We can open the book. Somebody has been there for us and deep-dived the words.”
— Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
'Elections in India have always been high-decibel, high-emotion events, a period in which art and artists are most vulnerable to attack by fundamentalists.’ In the Guardian today, playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar talks about political theatre in India.