“There aren’t enough moderators speaking enough languages, working enough hours, to stop the biblical flood of shit that Facebook unleashes on the world.” ~Adrienne LaFrance, in the Atlantic article Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine
“I am told by longtime New Yorkers that the subway used to be awful– garbage-strewn, graffiti-covered, suffocating in the summer, dangerous at night all year round. And of course I know plenty of people who despise taking it today, even though the cars are remarkably safe, clean, and cool. I suggest they ride with me. I cannot take a subway without marveling at the lottery logic that brings together a random sampling of humanity for one minute or two, testing us for kindness and compatibility. Is that not what civility is?” ~Bill Hayes, in Insomniac City ©2017
I love that way of looking at a subway ride! It’s easily transferable to a myriad of situations.
Insomniac City is a wonderful memoir detailing Bill Hayes two loves of the new millennium: his partner, and the city of New York. I recommend it.
“Learn to be silent when everything else is an uproar. Be the stillness within the constant motion.” ~Nicole Addison
“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius, and we’re skeptical.” ~Arthur C. Clarke
“One guy can ruin an instrument. Jimi Hendrix, bless his heart– how I wish he was still around– almost inadvertently ruined guitar. Because he was the only cat who could do it like that. Everybody else just screwed it up, and thought wailing away on the guitar is the answer. But it ain’t; you’ve got to be a Jimi to do that, you’ve got to be one of the special cats.” ~Keith Rchards
“I don’t so much fear death as I do wasting life.” ~Oliver Sacks, quoted in Insomniac City by Bill Hayes, ©2017
I just love everything about this: the costumes, the choreography, the hair, the joy.
“I thought that coming home would solve all my problems, and I would be happy. But I came home, and I wasn’t. I came home and I realized that it doesn’t really matter if I’m here or I’m there. I’m just the same person.” ~Michael Alig (source)
“No matter where you go, there you are.” ~Buckaroo Banzai
When I was in the tenth grade my English teacher told us that when he was in the Navy he and his friends used to go into the gay parts of town to beat up the queers. He thought this was a funny story that we’d all get a kick out of.
In the years since then, five students from that class have come out as gay.
That had to have been a harrowing time for them.
I know it would have been asking a lot of fifteen-year-old me to stand up and tell my teacher he was cruel and stupid and wrong, but it is a regret of mine that I didn’t.
The best I can do now is vow never to remain silent again.