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We begin to find and become ourselves when we notice how we are already found, already truly, entirely, wildly, messily, marvelously who we were born to be. The only problem is that there is also so much other stuff, typically fixations with how people perceive us, how to get more of the things that we think will make us happy, and with keeping our weight down. So the real issue is how do we gently stop being who we aren’t? How do we relieve ourselves of the false fronts of people-pleasing and affectation, the obsessive need for power and security, the backpack of old pain, and the psychic Spanx that keeps us smaller and contained?

Here’s how I became myself: mess, failure, mistakes, disappointments, and extensive reading; limbo, indecision, setbacks, addiction, public embarrassment, and endless conversations with my best women friends; the loss of people without whom I could not live, the loss of pets that left me reeling, dizzying betrayals but much greater loyalty, and overall, choosing as my motto William Blake’s line that we are here to learn to endure the beams of love.

lastnightsreading:

Ariel Schrag at Bluestockings, 8/27/14

lastnightsreading:

Ariel Schrag at Bluestockings, 8/27/14

May the force be ever in your favor, Harry.
Gandalf (The Chronicles of Narnia)
dynamofire:

karencivil:

#BillBort Spotted on FairFax

i need the billbort

dynamofire:

karencivil:

#BillBort Spotted on FairFax

i need the billbort

tawny:

this is the most important sentence on wikipedia

There is nothing in the world more stupid than the writer who turns himself into his own Buddha and goes through life looking down at his own belly button.
slaughterhouse90210:

“Cynicism makes you feel smart, I know it, even when you aren’t smart.”  ― Richard Ford, The Sportswriter

slaughterhouse90210:

“Cynicism makes you feel smart, I know it, even when you aren’t smart.”
― Richard Ford, The Sportswriter

marcjacobs:

Stay at the infamous Marc Jacobs Hotel 

marcjacobs:

Stay at the infamous Marc Jacobs Hotel 

housingworksbookstore:

lastnightsreading:

Chad Harbach at Housing Works Bookstore, 2/25/14

Last night’s reading (MFA vs. NYC) ruled. We have copies of the book, freshly released just yesterday, here at the store, swing by.

housingworksbookstore:

lastnightsreading:

Chad Harbach at Housing Works Bookstore, 2/25/14

Last night’s reading (MFA vs. NYC) ruled. We have copies of the book, freshly released just yesterday, here at the store, swing by.

This is a world we’re seeing with increasing frequency. From Infinite Jest to George Saunders’s short stories to movies like Idiocracy, the technodystopia deals in zany satire and gross amounts of consumer culture. Instead of being unremittingly bleak like the dystopian landscape of Orwell’s 1984, these technodystopias are oddly colorful. They’re barely parodies of our extravagant 21st-century lives. In a sense, they continue the tradition of Huxley’s Brave New World by way of Kurt Vonnegut’s black comedy.
theparisreview:

“For me, seven years is fast. Most of my pieces have taken ten to twelve years from the time of the initial impulse to the day I abandon them, and I’ve gone as long as twenty-five years.”
The New Yorker interviews Denis Johnson. Listen to the author read his story “Hippies” here, and listen to Wallace Shawn read an excerpt from “Car-Crash While Hitchhiking” here.

theparisreview:

“For me, seven years is fast. Most of my pieces have taken ten to twelve years from the time of the initial impulse to the day I abandon them, and I’ve gone as long as twenty-five years.”

The New Yorker interviews Denis Johnson. Listen to the author read his story “Hippies” here, and listen to Wallace Shawn read an excerpt from “Car-Crash While Hitchhiking” here.

harperperennial:

humansofnewyork:

"You want to photograph me eating chicken?""Yep.""Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message.""What’s that?""I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."

Ohmylanta.

harperperennial:

humansofnewyork:

"You want to photograph me eating chicken?"
"Yep."
"Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message."
"What’s that?"
"I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."

Ohmylanta.

Marvelously written, very real, and so utterly depressing that I’m going to sit under a cloud of angst and gloom all afternoon… I’m sorry we are seldom inclined to give our readers this bad a time.