You know that social class determines the opportunity you have to be authentic, old sport!
And that’s what it means to be American !
“It is easy to proclaim all souls equal in the sight of God; it is hard to make men equal on earth in the sight of men.”
Blight, David W. “The Black Sergeant and the White Judge Who Changed Civil Rights History.” The New York Times, February 8, 2019, sec. Books. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/07/books/review/richard-gergel-unexampled-courage.html.
Everything I’ve read of his has stuck with me. This pair of questions from today’s paper is worth bringing to all sorts of art:
Every picture of suffering should elicit a question stronger than “Why is this happening?” The question should be “Why have I allowed this to happen?”
Cole, Teju. “When the Camera Was a Weapon of Imperialism. (And When It Still Is.).” The New York Times, February 10, 2019, sec. Magazine. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/06/magazine/when-the-camera-was-a-weapon-of-imperialism-and-when-it-still-is.html.
“Getting there, ” I would say, though as anyone who’s ever pretended to be a writer know, “the book” was really a handy metaphor for tinkering with hundreds of Word documents that bore a vague thematic resemblance to each other, but would never cohere into the, what, saga of ice and fire that were imagining.
Martin, Andrew. Early Work (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018), p.25.