Junot Diaz stay not fucking up. This is a really good interview.
What an awesome way of putting it. I’ve been trying to think of how to explain this to a couple nerds I know (coughmyparentscough) and this is so much better than anything I’ve attempted.
I wish this story were different. I wish it were more civilized. I wish it showed me in a better light, if not happier, then at least more active, less hesitant, less distracted by trivia. I wish it had more shape. I wish it were about love, or about sudden realizations important to one’s life, or even about sunsets, birds, rainstorms, or snow.
Maybe it is about those things, in a way; but in the meantime there is so much else getting in the way, so much whispering, so much speculation about others, so much gossip that cannot be verified, so many unsaid words, so much creeping about and secrecy. And there is so much time to be endured, time heavy as fried food or a thick fog; and then all at once these red events, like explosions, on streets otherwise decorous and matronly and somnambulent.
I’m sorry there is so much pain in this story. I’m sorry it’s in fragments, like a body caught in crossfire or pulled apart by force. But there is nothing I can do to change it.” — Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale, ch. 41 (via jaimelannister)
#see also all the Brave reviews complaining about it being too emotional #with the mother-daughter plot #while every damn movie about a man with daddy issues #is a perfect portrayal of the universal generational conflict between child and parent
Oscar Wilde would be so good at Tumblr.
Virginia Woolf, The Pargiters: The Novel-Essay Portion of THE YEARS (via fagcity)
Classiest way ever to say STFU
“Imagine a world—these realms—where women rule, where a girl could have whatever she wished.”
Rebel Angels by Libba Bray