“Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness, natives give it solidity and continuity, but the settlers give it passion. Each embraces New York with the intense excitement of first love, each absorbs New York with the fresh yes of an adventurer, each generates heat and light to dwarf the Consolidated Edison Company…”—E.B. White
“Going after Republicans’ gun rights has always seemed to me needlessly provocative and cruel, sort of like removing the tinfoil helmet your local schizophrenic thinks is protecting him from space rays.”—
“I think it was mostly truth I was after. I know now that truth is a troubling thing. You can’t snort your way to it. You can’t drink your way to it. You can’t fuck your way to it. You can’t cheat your way to it. You can’t love your way to it. You can only let it envelop you and try to make sense of it all.”—
You guys - I just totally love this guy’s writing.
"Maybe it’s because money gives us the opportunity to choose to pursue what we want." I’m still struggling with this debate and the connection, but this is a really fantastic conversation that deserves a listen.
"People are so lonely here. Working all the time, everyone seems so sad." -An Iraqi translator upon his first visit to America in New York City.
“We have an 8.9 percent unemployment rate, yet further measures to spur job creation are off the table. We’re broke, you see. We have a $15 trillion economy, yet we pretend to be an impoverished nation with no room for public investments in our future or efforts to ease the pain of a deep recession on those Americans who didn’t profit from it or cause it in the first place.”—E.J. Dione’s amazing editorial in today’s Washington Post.
“Turner’s bill requires doctors to inform women of “the possibility of increased risk of breast cancer following an induced abortion and the natural protective effect of a completed pregnancy in avoiding breast cancer.””—Some people should just never be allowed to talk. Ever. Especially when they are not doctors or cancer professionals - like the ones at the American Cancer Society that refuted these claims.
“For the first time in my life, someone openly acknowledged the dirty dark secret of my generation of women. And that is that all of the qualities we cultivate in ourselves from our first overachieving moments in elementary school to our graduation from the best universities in the nation — confidence in our physical appearance, the ability to support ourselves, our cultured and well-read minds, the sterling pedigree of our schooling, our taste for healthy debate with our peers (both men and women) — actually won’t help us to find an equal partner. What it will do is make an “equal” man feel insecure, and what he will do with that insecurity is label us as “crazy.” And crazy people aren’t to be taken seriously — they’re to be medicated, dosed, tamed like “Kate,” the eponymous shrew — and made into the perfect wife. In essence, in order to participate in the ritual custom of marriage, we have to become shadows of our best selves.”—Brienne Walsh (read her awesomeness here: http://briennewalsh.tumblr.com/)