"I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’"
Toni Morrison (via ethiopienne)
"Be relentless without being obnoxious. Be ambitious, and own your ambition—that goes especially for women. It’s okay to say, ‘I want greatness.’"
"So what makes it a country, apart from tangled history? Baked goods. Churches. Weather. The habit of discretion. Fried potatoes. Shrubbery. The color gray. The elaborate mandarin ritual that attends commercial transactions, or even just stepping into a shop for a minute and a half. Compactness, miniaturization. Cleanliness. The cross of modesty and prudishness called pudeur in French. Brickwork. Class consciousness. Women of all ages suffering in skirts and stockings in the dead of winter. Reserve, aloofness, judgment. Varnished wood. Silent children, well-bred dogs, unassertive houseplants. The fear of God, the god of fear. Wallpaper. Comic strips. “Il faut cultiver notre jardin.” The art of the display window, of undertaking parlors or cordwainers’ shops, for example. A taste for scandal, especially morbid scandal. Kitsch Africana. Flaccid pop music piped everywhere, including bookshops, hospitals, government offices. Leeks, chervil, gherkins, pickled onions. The ability to sit for long hours. White linen tablecloths, fanned linen napkins. Hammered brass. Tinted house windows. Symmetry. Monuments. The perpetual imminence of rage, blasphemy, running amok. Trees like fists. Rheumy eyes. Pale yellow, brick red, black."
Luc Sante, The Factory of Facts (via huahsu)
last night, the sun set at 08:29pm. as the summer days start cutting shorter, the sky looked painted with clouds of Monet. (at Williamsburg)
taken on summer solstice 6/21/14. I was struck by the sunlight bouncing off of the tall buildings and how it fell on her face. (at Broadway Theatre District, NYC)