Don’t let yourself feel worthless: often through life you will really be at your worst when you seem to think best of yourself; and don’t worry about losing your personality, as you persist in calling it: at fifteen you had the radiance of early morning, at twenty you will begin to have the melancholy brilliance of the moon, and when you are my age you will give out, as I do, the genial golden warmth of 4 p.m.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise (via wordsnquotes)
We have to be more interested in making things better than just being right, or interesting, or funny.
If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens, reading those writers … becomes a source of unbelievable joy. It’s like eating candy for the soul.
And I sometimes have a hard time understanding how people who don’t have that in their lives make it through the day.
David Foster Wallace
Only one step, and my deep misery would be beatitude.
—RAINER MARIA RILKE,
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
Dorji, mix, Shibanqiao Village, Yangshuo, China • A note from The Dogist: This image of Dorji was taken at a bed & breakfast I stayed at during my recent travels in Asia. Dorji is a very lucky stray dog. The porch on which he’s lying is his home. The man behind him gave him a name, a place to eat and sleep, haircuts in the summer and an overall sense of belonging. Having seen many stray dogs in China thus far, it was moving to see a special case like this. Dorji has scars on his snout and body from rocks thrown by locals. The owners of the B&B told me, humorously, that “he’s racist”, as Dorji welcomes foreigners but growls at people who look Asian. Dorji is also the prototypical type of dog that’s seen in cages and sold for food in this region of China (Guangxi). I’ve met and photographed thousands of dogs over the last 10 months for The Dogist - I’ve never met a dog with a stronger air of grateful humility. I wish him continued happiness.
So touched by this…
Demanding that women close our legs and calling us whores for planning our pregnancies confirms the feminist suspicion that opposition to contraception and abortion is less about “life” than it is about a sense that sexually active women are doing something wrong and should be chastened for it.
Jill Filipovic is KILLING IT.