“The unifying theme is resilience and faith. The unifying theme is being a warrior and a motherfucker. It is not fragility. It’s strength. It’s nerve. And “if your Nerve, deny you –,” as Emily Dickinson wrote, “go above your Nerve.” Writing is hard for every last one of us—straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”—DEAR SUGAR, The Rumpus Advice Column #48: Write Like A Motherfucker - The Rumpus.net (via ljm)
“In the United States, English has become increasingly irrelevant, particularly among young adults. Once the most popular major at the nation’s leading colleges and universities, it now often trails more pragmatic disciplines, such as economics, politics, government, and, ironically, “communications,” which increasingly involves learning to write mobile-device-friendly ads for products like Cheez Doodles.”—English. It’s Dead to Me (via the Washington Post)
“Listen up. I know the shit you’ve been saying behind my back. You think I’m stupid. You think I’m immature. You think I’m a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I’m Comic Sans, and I’m the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg.”—OK, so this is just never going to get old.
This list and the original are both so funny to me because Joe and I are both writers and “somehow” we have an incredibly functional and equitable relationship given all the presumed psychological hangups and crazypants tendencies of people who do words for a living…
Hiding the shaved part of my head before going to networking events. Blaring The Coathangers on the way home. Interviewing high-profile corporate businesswomen in my pajamas. Wearing green nail polish in the office. Gravitating toward the one person in the media group with the “Matador Records” messenger bag. Writing about finance, retirement plans and 401(k)s when I don’t even own a credit card. Being made constantly aware of how young I am. Wanting to fully take advantage of being young while wanting to be taken seriously as a professional writer.
I’m not exactly a Sunday school teacher / stripper, but still.
“Magazines, when they work, are emotional vehicles. They drive you to places you just didn’t know you were going to go on the day you picked them up. And if they don’t, they’re not working at all.”—Sally Singer