i got home today watching school kids yell BUS every time one drove into a puddle by the road so they could all huddle away from the sidewalk
My husband, photographer Michael Nye, once photographed in a West Bank Palestinian refugee camp for days, and was followed around by a little girl who wanted him to photograph her. Finally, he did — and she held up a stone with a poem etched into it. (This picture appears on the cover of my collection of poems, 19 Varieties of Gazelle — Poems of the Middle East). Through a translator, Michael understood that the poem was ‘her poem’ — that’s what she called it. We urged my dad to translate the verse, which sounded vaguely familiar, but without checking roundly enough, we quoted the translation on the book flap and said she had written the verse. Quickly, angry scholars wrote to me pointing out that the verse was from a famous Darwish poem. I felt terrible.
I was meeting him for the first and last time the next week. Handing over the copy of the book sheepishly, I said: ‘Please forgive our mistake. If this book ever gets reprinted, I promise we will give the proper credit for the verse.’ He stared closely at the picture. Tears ran down his cheeks. ‘Don’t correct it,’ he said. ‘It is the goal of my life to write poems that are claimed by children.’
Naomi Shihab Nye, from her essay “Remembering Mahmoud Darwish”
Giuseppe De Nittis (It. 1846-1884), Peupliers, huile sur panneau, 32,4 x 40,7 cm, collection privée
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn’t matter. I’m not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn’t make us better, then what on Earth is it for?
Alice Walker (via gowns)
DELIVER ME FROM WRITERS WHO SAY THE WAY THEY LIVE DOESN’T MATTER
Akira, アキラ (1988) // directed by Katsuhiro Otomo
If it doesn’t terrify you that 9 out of 10 men desire sex as portrayed in pornography (which is ultimately and pervasively the sexual and economic exploitation of women) then you’re unaware or complicit with the acceptance for that fucking filth. A 13-year-old boy raped his 8-year-old sister after watching porn. If that doesn’t tell you what the message of porn is for the male viewer, you’re part of the problem. It is not about regulating access. It is about the content in pornography that encourages the debasement of women to please men. Bullshit like ‘feminist porn’ and ‘queer porn’ are still part of the for-profit industry and they do not address the reality that the majority of porn actresses are within the industry because they have no other fucking choice. If I see any kind of support for porn on my dash, you’re getting unfollowed and a brick in the face.