"stop interpreting everything y’all, just go with the flow" - susan sontag in this essay,
3:33 pm • 17 February 2014
“It goes back to that moment in our history when we decided that the old simple moral verities over which taste and responsibility were the arbiters and controls, were obsolete and to be discarded. At which point truth vanished too. We didn’t abolish truth; even we couldn’t do that. It simply quite us, turned its back on us, not in scorn nor even contempt nor even (let us hope) despair. Truth—that long clean clear simple undeviable unchallengeable straight and shining line, on one side of which black is black and on the other white is white, has now become an angle, a point of view having nothing to do with truth nor even with fact, but depending solely on where you are standing when you look at it. Or rather—better—where you can contrive to have him standing whom you are trying to fool or obfuscate when he looks at it.”
— william faulkner re: the loss of the american dream in on privacy
5:32 pm • 9 February 2014 • 3 notes
i keep getting so insanely stressed out about having to write my thesis, just thinking about it, planning when i’m going to write it, etc…and then i actually start reading about faulkner or re-reading absalom and i immediately remember why i wanted to write it in the first place. i’m gonna write it eventually, sure, but i like that it’s an opportunity to just keep reading and reading and reading. especially his speeches and letters—everything he says makes me feel like i understand him better and everything i read about him solidifies how important he is to me. i obviously have this weird faulkner glorification issue, but it’s actually one of the only things i give a shit about.
11:38 pm • 3 February 2014 • 1 note