I like to think that I’ve helped to bring sexy back to the accordion.
Weird Al Yankovic, who’s among those interviewed in the latest L.A. Times Great Read, on the once-unhip accordion’s rising stature among musical instruments (via latimes)
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Writing is not lying, nor is it theft. It is a journey and search for transparency between one’s words and one’s soul.
Richard Flanagan (via writingquotes)
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It’s all very well to talk in the abstract about the dignity of work, but to suggest that workers can have equal dignity despite huge inequality in pay is just silly. In 2012, the top 40 hedge fund managers and traders were paid a combined $16.7 billion, equivalent to the wages of 400,000 ordinary workers. Given that kind of disparity, can anyone really believe in the equal dignity of work?

In fact, the people who seem least inclined to respect the efforts of ordinary workers are the winners of the wealth lottery.

Paul Krugman, New York Times (via sociolab)

(Source: politicalprof)

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Writing is not magic. It’s a craft, a process, a set of steps. As with any process, things sometimes break down. Even in a good story, the writer runs into problems. So the act of writing always includes problem solving.

Roy Peter Clark (via writingquotes)

RPC has the best writing advice

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lastnightsreading:

Rachel Kushner at POWERHOUSE Arena, 2/11/14

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What made me be a writer was that I was a passionate reader. I began reading at a very, very early age, and I’ve been a reading junkie ever since — I read all the time. I probably spend more time reading than any other thing I’ve done in my life, including sleeping. I’ve spent many, many days of my life reading eight and ten hours a day, and there’s no day that I don’t read for hours, and don’t ask me how I can do all the other things — I don’t know. The day has pockets — you can always find time to read.
Susan Sontag on becoming a writer and the purpose of literature – beautiful and rare recording. (via explore-blog)
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In one way or another, this is the oldest story in America: the struggle to determine whether ‘we, the people’ is a moral compact embedded in a political contract or merely a charade masquerading as piety and manipulated by the powerful and privileged to sustain their own way of life at the expense of others.
Bill Moyers, “The Rule of Emperors.” (via utnereader)
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strandbooks:

More from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

I read this when I was 12 and was unimpressed. It’s obviously time for a re-reading. What beautiful, poetic prose.

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James Blish told me I had the worst case of “said bookism” (that is, using every word except “said” to indicate dialogue). He told me to limit the verbs to “said,” “replied,” “asked,” and “answered” and only when absolutely necessary.

Anne McCaffrey (via writingquotes)

^^^ THIS

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76%

The percentage of Americans who believe “the rich just get richer while the poor get poorer.”

Why income inequality has become the Democratic party’s top issue

(via theweekmagazine)

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