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N.K. Jemisin on the secret of oppression

·107 words·1 min
Quotes Politics
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik
Daniel Andrlik lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia. By day he manages product teams. The rest of the time he is a podcast host and producer, writer of speculative fiction, a rabid reader, and a programmer.

Tell them they can be great someday, like us. Tell them they belong among us, no matter how we treat them. Tell them they must earn the respect which everyone else receives by default. Tell them there is a standard for acceptance; that standard is simply perfection. Kill those who scoff at these contradictions, and tell the rest that the dead deserved annihilation for their weakness and doubt. Then they’ll break themselves trying for what they’ll never achieve.

N.K. Jemisin, The Fifth Season

If this doesn’t hit you as uncomfortably close to what is said in our own society, you haven’t been paying close enough attention.


Merlin Mann on a better media diet
·54 words·1 min
Quotes Social Media Politics
Politics, celebrity gossip, business headlines, tech punditry, odd news, and user-generated content. These are the chew toys that have made me sad and tired and cynical. — Merlin Mann, Better
John Darnielle's Lyrics Slay Me
·307 words·2 mins
Quotes Music Podcasts
When you punish a person for dreaming his dream, don’t expect him to thank or forgive you. — The Mountain Goats, “Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton" I’ve been listening to the podcast I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats, which is a wonderful show about music, being an artist, and what it means to be a fan.
Manguso on anxiety
·35 words·1 min
Quotes Anxiety Mental Health
Worry is impatience for the next horror. — Sarah Manguso, 300 Arguments Manguso’s 300 Arguments is a wonderful and quick read. This passage keeps floating to the top of my mind, and refuses to leave.