The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison – Quotes

There is really nothing more to say - except why. But since why is difficult to handle, one must take refuge in how. They lived there because they were poor and black, and they stayed there because they believed they were ugly. Although their poverty was traditional and stultifying, it was not unique. But their ugliness was …

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The Mother of All Questions:Further Feminisms – Rebecca Solnit – Quotes

Brains are individual phenomena producing wildly varying products; uteruses bring forth one kind of creation. Maybe our obsession with happiness is a way not to ask those other questions, a way to ignore how spacious our lives can be, how effective our work can be, and how far-reaching our love can be. Masculinity is a …

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Milkman – Anna Burns – Quotes

There was food and drink. The right butter. The wrong butter. The tea of allegiance. The tea of betrayal. He'd homed in on that flag issue, the flags-and-emblems issue, instinctive and emotional because flags were invented to be instinctive and emotional - often pathologically, narcissistically emotional - and he meant that flag of the country …

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Art Objects. Essays on Ecstasy and Effrontery – Jeanette Winterson – Quotes

Art takes time. To spend an hour looking at a painting is difficult. The public gallery experience is one that encourages art at a trot. The average reader (and we must remember that the average reader does not exist before the late nineteenth century) is a product of modern schooling and conservative taste. T be …

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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis – J. D. Vance – Quotes

What they mean is that manufacturing jobs have gone overseas and middle-class jobs are harder to come by for people without college degrees. Fair enough - I worry about those things, too. But this book is about something else: what goes on in the lives of real people when the industrial economy goes south. It's …

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