see my altar

The Best Stuff I Read Yesterday

“I will cease waiting for someone to do something about the war, the walls, the guns, the drugs, the stupidity of leaders, and ally myself with citizens who practice the art of tossing their shoes at heads of state.”

— Sandra Cisneros / “Having Recently Escaped from the Maws of a Deathly Life, I Am Ready to Begin the Year Anew”


“Go to a ball game. Watch the fans in the stand.
Watch the irrational fits of anger. Watch the uncontrolled frustration bubbling forth from people that masquerades under the guise of enthusiasm or team spirit. Booing, catcalls, and unbridled egotism in the name of team loyalty, drunkenness, fights in the stands these are people trying desperately to release tension from within; these are not people who are at peace with themselves.”

— Bhante Guranatana / Mindfulness in Plain English


“*Delay can be a tactical tool of control. I have noticed that misogynists are often late. They make you wait so that your confidence and certainty evaporate. They arrive and seamlessly grab the reins you didn’t even realize you dropped.”

— Meg Ramey / Begin By Telling


“We need each others’
breathing, warmth, surviving   
is the only war
we can afford, stay”

— Margaret Atwood / “They are hostile nations”


“cop27 is one more reminder, however, that justice only proceeds, fitfully, through politics. Rebalancing the world’s wealth, even a little, is the trickiest of political tasks. Yet our chances for a livable world may depend on it.”

— Bill McKibben / “How To Pay For Climate Justice When Polluters Have All The Money”


“You have to work for the survival of the other side if you want to survive yourself. It is really very simple. Survival means the survival of humankind as a whole, not just a part of it.”

— Thich Nhat Hahn / The Heart of Understanding


“On Day of the Dead I ask you to come
home with me to see my altar.
That’s a better line than come and see my etchings.”

— Sandra Cisneros / “Dia de los Muertos”

What I’m Listening To:

“I can’t sleep at night
But that’s all right
The M.D. tells me
My heart’s on strike
Emanating, originating from a love asphyxiation”

— Issac Hayes / “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic”

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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