The variety of worlds science fiction accustoms us to, through imagination, is training for thinking about the actual changes—sometimes catastrophic, often confusing—that the real world funnels at us year after year. It helps us avoid feeling quite so gob-smacked.
Samuel Delany on how science fiction writers are shaping the future.explore-blog)
Tavalodi Digar - Forough Farrokhzad from Tanha Sedast Ke Mimanad (What remains is voice)
A few times in my life I’ve had moments of absolute clarity. When for a few brief seconds the silence drowns out the noise and I can feel rather than think, and things seem so sharp and the world seems so fresh. It’s as though it had all just come into existence. I can never make these moments last. I cling to them, but like everything, they fade. I have lived my life on these moments. They pull me back to the present, and I realize that everything is exactly the way it’s meant to be.
— Christopher Isherwood, A Single Man (via misswallflower)
Maybe you would be better if you allowed yourself to be what you are.
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
— Arthur Schopenhauer, Studies in Pessimism: The Essays (via liquidnight)
Questlove is everything.
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.
— William Shakespeare (via his play “Twelfth Night”), who on this day in 1564 is believed to have been born in the English parish of Stratford-upon-Avon. Happy 450th Birthday, Bard of Avon! (via nypl)
What has changed in 450 years of performing, reading, writing Shakespeare? The history of women interacting with Shakespeare’s plays is also the history of women’s rights, suffrage, and of the feminist movement. It is a history of women being silenced and of finding ways to speak out anyway. Shakespeare has been, and is, an uneasy ally in this history. He complicates but also enriches our idea of what a woman is. Too often we are still Katherinas, forced to compromise our dignity in order to retain our voice, or else our insistence on speaking is blamed for our tragedies, like Juliet. But the reason why we still read Shakespeare’s women, is that they are women. Goneril, Juliet, and Katherina are finally not ciphers. Whatever else they may be, they are true women, and they have true voices.