“I don’t believe in optimism. I believe in optimal behavior. That’s a different thing. If you behave every day of your life to the top of your genetics, what can you do? Test it. Find out. You don’t know—you haven’t done it yet. You must live life at the top of your voice! At the top of your lungs shout and listen to the echoes. I learned a lesson years ago. I had some wonderful Swedish meatballs at my mother’s table with my dad and my brother and when I finished I pushed back from the table and said, God! That was beautiful. And my brother said, No, it was good. See the difference?
Action is hope. At the end of each day, when you’ve done your work, you lie there and think, Well, I’ll be damned, I did this today. It doesn’t matter how good it is, or how bad—you did it. At the end of the week you’ll have a certain amount of accumulation. At the end of a year, you look back and say, I’ll be damned, it’s been a good year.”
Ray Bradbury, 1920–2012, The Paris Review.
200th Anniversary of the
War of 1812
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“Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: An indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay”
The North West London Blues by Zadie Smith | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books.
Just wondering: Which fiction books, with roots firmly planted in protest, have provoked social change?
The mighty pen: Fiction as a form of protest | Melville House Books.
Why does Amazon now have customers do the search chores it used to do for them, and in innovative ways?
Search Gets Lost | The Nation.