read a lot

The Best Stuff I Read This Week

“We are not apparent in the cultural streams that establish and define American thought, art, and culture. We are not present at the table, though we appear perpetually at the table every Thanksgiving in stories told to our children in educational institutions across the country. But Natives were not there at that table. There was no table. Their heads were on stakes giving warning around the newly constructed towns by the settlers, built on Native lands.

These false narratives of Native peoples continue a story of cultural genocide.”

— Joy Harjo / Catching the Light

“I was born—don’t know the hour—
Slapped on the ass
And handed over crying
To someone many years dead
In a country no longer on a map…”

— Charles Simic / “Come Closer and Listen”

“–I dreamt I went to the doctor’s and she gave me eight minutes to live. I’d been sitting in the fucking waiting room half an hour.

(A long silence.)”

— Sarah Kane / 4.48 Psychosis

“There’s an undeniable chimp-with-a-chainsaw horrified fascination in watching him try to handle it (and, one hopes, an enduring and salutary proof of the fact that billionaires are not geniuses), but so far he has managed to turn an imperfect communications system into a dismal swamp.”

— Bill McKibben / “Organizing After Twitter” / Substack Newsletter

“Here’s the thing about writing novels, or writing anything, that should be hopeful. You can do it with teachers and classes and peers, if you need mentorship and encouragement. But you can also do it all by yourself. In the end, you do it all by yourself anyway. In the lonely hours (and writing is probably 90 to 99% lonely hours) it’s all you. Outside of having others read your work—and the business of publishing, which you shouldn’t be thinking about—all it takes to be a writer, day after day, even if you’re successful, is this: 

Write a lot. A lot.

Read a lot. Deeply. And widely.

Write for yourself. 

No expensive courses needed.”

— Viet Thanh Nguyen / “Pep Talk from Viet Thanh Nguyen” /

“The bee sees a psychedelic airstrip in the mouth of the lily.

If anything can save us, it’s nothing we can do for ourselves.”

— Amanda Pecor / “If the Saviour Came Back to Boneville, Georgia”

“Poetry (and other forms of writing) can be useful as a tool for finding the way into or through the dark.”

— Joy Harjo / Catching the Light

What I’m Listening To:

“I’m so bored of thinking about men
Look at the news
Is it that time again
Whens our chance
To move on
And heal
I just can’t believe
That shit is real”

— Mhaol / “Bored of Men”

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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