1. My own efforts to create a voice and a perspective on these failures haven’t really been about chastisement, or a certain set of assumptions about what the articulation that I’m critiquing should have been, or what the failure of it represents in the person, but rather a collective effort to build a feminism that does more of the work that it claims to do.
    — 

    Kimberlé Crenshaw on intersectionality, the term she coined, quoted in this article.

    The system fails and it doesn’t matter whose fault it is, so long as we do what we can to repair it.

     
  2. I was at Lake Tahoe in the late ’60s. I already had the mindset that when people wanted to interrupt to say things, the first thing is to understand what they are saying, and then respond as if you were really interested in what a person was saying. When you listen to that, many times if you stay linear with it, you can get rid of ‘em post haste. So I walked out onstage, had on a brown leather suit, and the shoes I had on were high-tops and had sort of like a dark brown mustard color. It was a midnight show, so the people have a chance to medicate themselves with alcohol. The room holds 750—Harrahs, Lake Tahoe, one of the most beautiful rooms in the world. And a woman’s voice shouted out, “I hate those shoes!” And because of the way I think—which is not to challenge, not to beat up the person but to understand what the person has just said and to remain linear—I said, “Madame, you are very, very fortunate, because these shoes will not be performing.” And, man, I never heard from her again.
     
  3. I went from people just thinking I was, like, a baby to people thinking I’m this, like, sex freak that really just pops molly and does lines all day. It’s like, “Has anyone ever heard of rock ‘n’ roll?” There’s a sex scene in pretty much every single movie, and they go, “Well, that’s a character.” Well, THAT’S a character. I don’t really dress like a teddy bear and, like, twerk on Robin Thicke, you know?
    — 

    Miley Cyrus, The New York Times Arts & Leisure 12/29/13

    For anyone who thinks my online presence is meant to actually represent me, please remember the mission statement: I’m just bein’ Miley

     
  4. I have thought about their remarks, tried to put myself in their place, considered their point of view. I think they are full of shit.
    — Nora Ephron capping her essay A Few Words About Breasts, which I obviously read because it contains breasts in the title. We are similarly obsessed, and I think it is fair to conclude a personal essay this way when it concerns your obsessions. Not that I’m writing about breasts any time soon.
     
  5. "There used to be this group of fans who liked to camp outside our apartments in New York, and about a year ago, one of them asked us for a photo in the morning, and I said hi to him, and later that night, he was outside a restaurant that we had gone to with some friends. That was not cool. It felt like he was following us. So we all got in the car and he runs up, yelling through the window, “Can I get your picture? Please please please?” I said, “Look, man, I’m usually nice to you about this, but we’re just having a night to ourselves, and if you can respect that, I’d really appreciate it.” He started bawling and ran off to his friends. Two days later, it’s in the tabloids that I was rude to a fan and made him cry and laughed in his face. It’s funny, because I greet a ton of fans, but the one I said no to ended up making news.

    Joe Jonas speaks candidly about his time as a member of his famous family. This passage highlights the stress that I think nearly all celebrities feel, a stress that the general populace handwaves as negligible. “You’re getting millions and record deals and girls, what’s the problem?” What’s that quote about being kind to everyone because they’re living their personal struggle? Also respect for that Lorde shout-out at the end, but Joe Jonas is (not surprisingly) making the same fatal mistake as the entire record industry: she isn’t “weird,” she’s fucking “savvy.”

     
  6. Zolpidem’s reputation for outlandish side effects may be inflated by gossip—by the interaction of medication and the Internet. Thomas Roth, the director of the sleep center at Henry Ford Hospital, in Detroit, who has consulted for Merck and other pharmaceutical companies, told me he has not yet seen persuasive evidence that there is more of this behavior among Ambien users than among the rest of the population (which includes drinkers).
    — Laughing both out loud & in loud at Thomas Roth, who, despite being director of a goddamn hospital sleep center, seems unaware of the subculture recreationally abusing zolpidem. There’s a webcomic character canonized by the New Yorker for heaven’s sake!
     
  7. "This past summer I was very ill. At one point it looked as if I might not survive. But the people who were at my bedside every day at the hospital were many of my life partners: my mother, Jackson, Dan, my brother Chris and Clare.

    Clare rarely left my side and called every doctor and connection she knew to help figure out what was wrong with me. It was Dan who brought our son to see me every day and kept him feeling safe in such a scary situation. It was Chris whose arms I fell into when I couldn’t get up. It was my mother who stroked my head for hours at a time. And it was Jackson who walked me through the halls with my IV and made me breathe.

    Whomever I love, however I love them, whether they sleep in my bed or not, or whether I do homework with them or share a child with them, “love is love.” And I love our modern family.

    Maybe, in the end, a modern family is just a more honest family.”

    This whole piece is very reminiscent of one of my favorite personal essays, “Love Is Not A Pie” by Amy Bloom. Both capture how I would like to feel about the totality of my relationships; romantic, platonic, familial, otherwise. It’s one of those things that makes even people who care about and understand me well cock their head askance when I describe it.

     
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    Reblogged from stryker

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    Motorola will be selling…its Moto X smartphone for $349, …Get in there early if you’re keen to support a solid smartphone that hasn’t yet performed well at market.
    — 

    The best of Cyber Monday | The Verge

    How did we evolve as a social organism to the point where we feel obligated to lend our support to underdog products?

    (via stryker)

    Strong question.

     
  9. Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.
    — from God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
     
  10. "This quote from Honest Abe has been kicking around my head all night for some reason: ‘Most folks are as happy as they make up their mind to bees.’ He was, of course, talking about the Apiarists Collective, a strong force for equality in labor rights for all. And especially beekeepers. Mostly beekeepers."

    You include silly prompts on your job listing like “make up a quote from Abe Lincoln,” best believe I’m going ham on that like I’m my own stomach currently full of ham.

     
  11. Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.
    — 

    Albert Camus

    Aaahhhh my duuuuude swear to god (or something) I might as well become a professional existentialist because it’s not like i’ll start making less money

     
  12. No one gets angry at a mathematician or a physicist whom he or she doesn’t understand at all, or at someone who speaks a foreign language, but rather at someone who tampers with your own language.
    — 

    Jacques Derrida

    I dipped into /r/philosophy and now I’m convincing myself I’m learning shit by reading bite-sized quotes from philosophers through the ages. But it’s quite fun to see which canon theorists are my true yams and which I strongly disagree with. I’ve never read Derrida before but this is killing me with how prescient it is now that we’re all internet’d up in our little insular communities.

     
  13. Famous quotes from fictional characters

     
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  15. Thank you all for coming. And let me just say how truly, deeply trill it is to be standing in this dope-ass conference room, addressing a group of people in a business meeting. It’s really a dream come true.
    — 

    Tom, Parks and Recreation, “London, Pt. 1 & 2”

    Please give me a future where I am able to speak like this in boardrooms if I so desire.