"Anything guitarists say while leaning back to back during a solo is protected by law like confession or attorney client privilege." -- @ceejoyner, 2013-12-05
"The irony surrounding the first three myths on this list is they are generally perpetuated by people who would be outraged if bureaucrats were making medical decisions for them instead of their doctors. These same people, however, are perfectly fine with the public making health care decisions for transgender people instead of actual doctors, psychiatrists, and psychologists." -- Brynn Tannehill, "Myths About Gender Confirmation Surgery", 2013-12-08
"Obviously, it was a very negative thing for me to lose such a good partner. He was very good. He was a very strong and beautiful and protective force for me. But his words and his music are still here. It will still affect people. And that's the only thing they knew, anyway, when he was alive. So that's the fate of an artist. It's not a bad one. As long as you are what you have created, and what you wanted to share with the world, it's still there." -- Yoko Ono (b. 1933-02-18), talking about John Lennon (b. 1940-10-09, d. 1980-12-08), in Esquire, interviewed 2010-07-29, published 2010-12-08
[I should maybe also have a quote from Jim Morrison (b. 1943-12-08, d. 1971-07-03) today ... but I'll just leave this parenthetical comment here instead.]
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2013-10-10:
life is hard for kids today
they have to program everything
dude, they have to use computers
just to sing
-- Christopher Ewen and Stephin Merritt, from their song Keep Your Children In A Coma, recorded by their band Future Bible Heroes.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
From "Lessons of the Montreal Massacre: Why women must fight to be what they want" by Catherine Porter, 2009-12-05:
"At the time, I thought to be a feminist meant you had to be militant," says [Nathalie] Provost, who today is overworked and feeling skittish as the anniversary approaches. She was the young woman who, from her hospital bed a couple days later, urged Canadian girls to not be frightened by the event and to pursue engineering careers. She was also my introduction to feminism in life, not just theory. And to the concept that the personal is political.
"I realized many years later that in my life and actions, of course I was a feminist. I was a woman studying engineering and I held my head up."
"There'd never been a more advantageous time to be a criminal in America than during the 13 years of Prohibition. At a stroke, the American government closed down the fifth largest industry in the United States - alcohol production - and just handed it to criminals - a pretty remarkable thing to do." -- Bill Bryson
"We had some really strange conversations, with her explaining what these composers were trying to do and me trying to explain what consciousness was; but it was surprising how often the two completely different things came together and turned out to be related. The neat thing about ideas is the way they keep doing that." -- Owen Griffiths, narrator/protagonist of Very Far Away from Anywhere Else by Ursula K. LeGuin (1976, Antheneum Publishers, New York, NY; ISBN 0-553-20081-X)
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2013-01-16:
"It turns out, of course, that there are some limits to possibility; but childhood seems the right time not to know this. Books confirm at the least anyone's right to dream." -- Carl Phillips, from Another and Another Before That: Some Thoughts on Reading.
(submitted to the mailing list by Kathleen Magone)
"The supreme trick of Old Scratch is to have us so busy decorating, preparing food, practicing music and cleaning in preparation for the feast of Christmas that we actually miss the coming of Christ. Hurt feelings, anger, impatience, injured egos -- the list of clouds that busyness creates to blind us to the birth can be long, but it is familiar to us all." -- Edward Hays, A Pilgrim's Almanac, 1989
[To all who are marking today as the start of Advent, may you have time for reflection as well as time for shopping.]
From "Nine ways journalists can do justice to transgender people's stories" by Lauren Klinger, 2013-11-11:
"There was a time in the 1970s and 80s when every story about a gay person was the coming out narrative," Nick Adams, associate director of communications for GLAAD, said in a phone interview. But, he added, "with trans stories we're still in that period."
By concentrating on the coming out narrative, journalists may ignore other issues that affect the transgender community. With the Manning story, [Janet] Mock said, "it took days to get to the media to talk about healthcare and rights for prisoners, and those are the bigger issues. [Journalists] were hung up over 'he, she, Bradley, Chelsea' " instead of focusing on the question of how we should treat people when we incarcerate them.
"I have never felt that anything really mattered but the satisfaction of knowing that you stood for the things in which you believed and had done the very best you could." -- Eleanor Roosevelt (b. 1884-10-11, d. 1962-11-07), My Day (newspaper column) 1944-11-8
[To everyone celebrating Chanukah and/or US Thanksgiving today, I wish you a good holiday!]
"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar Left, and black people. You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black. But by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did." -- John Ehrlichman (b. 1925-03-20, d. 1999-02-14), interviewed by Dan Baum, collected in The Moment: Wild, Poignant, Life-changing Stories (Harper Perennial, 2012, ed. Larry Smith) [found here after being quoted on a local-to-my-ISP newsgroup]
"As a kid I liked to read through my dad's Reason newsletters. One topic I remember was a search for new pronouns, similar to how some feminists have embraced the gender-neutral 'ze'. The Libertarians, however, wanted pronouns that did not assume human or animal existence. Instead of 'he' or 'she', they suggested 'e' as a sort of ur-pronoun that assumed neither gender nor humanity.
"At the time, I was fascinated by the science-fictional overtones of 'e'. I imagined conversations with intelligent robots, or aliens, using this new pronoun: a language of the future! It wasn't until years later that I realized the real aim. While the language appealed to my love for science-fiction, the point was actually just to help normalize the idea that 'corporations are people'."
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2013-11-22:
"In whatever arena of life one may meet the challenge of courage, whatever may be the sacrifices he faces if he follows his conscience - the loss of his friends, his fortune, his contentment, even the esteem of his fellow men - each man must decide for himself the course he will follow. The stories of past courage can define that ingredient - they can teach, they can offer hope, they can provide inspiration. But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." -- John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. President, from his book Profiles in Courage.
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)