home is everywhere

The Best Stuff I Read This Week

“Love ends. But what if it doesn’t?”

— Ada Limón / “The Hurting Kind”


“… economic injustice will stop the moment we want it to stop, and no sooner, and if we genuinely want it to stop the method adopted hardly matters.”

— George Orwell / The Road to Wigan Pier


“Eventually, out of deference to that stubborn reality, Columbus did two things. First, he modified his original assumption. Cuba was not Cipangu, but Cathay, or mainland China. (Columbus died more than a decade later, still never having come to terms with the fact that Cuba was simply Cuba.) Second, when the island disappointed him, he did what many continue to do to this day: he left.”

— Ada Ferrer / Cuba: An American History


“Connecting and healing has never been more important. I truly believe in the power of reading to bring people together, to help us see things from different points of view.”

— Ottessa Moshfegh / goodreads.com email


“We could destroy the machines that destroy this planet. If someone has planted a time bomb in your home, you are entitled to dismantle it … This is the moral case which, I would argue, justifies destroying fossil fuel property. That is completely separate from harming human bodies, for which there is no moral case … We are deep into the catastrophe; the hour is late, but the escalation has only just begun. We don’t know what exactly will work. The one thing we can be certain of is this: we are in a death spiral, we have to break out of it, and we must try something more. The days of gentle protest may be long over.”

— Andreas Malm / “The Moral Case for Destroying Fossil Fuel Infrastructure”


“In time, I began to doubt my individual capacity for effecting even the most minor change. I drifted into adulthood and into this strange modern-day condition: that of an average, well-meaning person who daily participates—however grudgingly—in a system that is bringing the planet she loves to the brink of destruction.”

— Lisa Wells / Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World


“Home is everywhere on this planet.”

— Liam Cox, as reported by Naomi Klein / On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal


What I’m Listening To:

“Scarecrows are all dressed in rags
Out at the edge of the field I lay
And all I’ve gots a pocketful
Of flowers on my grave”

— Tom Waits / “Back in the Good Old World (Gypsy)”

About istsfor manity

i'm a truncated word-person looking for an assemblage of extracted teeth in a tent full of mosquitoes (and currently writing a novel without writing a novel word) and pulling nothing but the difficult out of the top hat while the bunny munches grass in the hallway. you might say: i’m thee asynchronous voice over in search of a film....
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