I made more calming manatees.
This is seriously therapeutic. I feel great.
We all need to hear it every now and then. And c’mon, you know manatees are totally like this. They are so trusting and positive they don’t adjust their behavior when boats run over them repeatedly.
I ruined it didn’t I?
I’m sorry manatees.
Gender isn’t simply a biological trait; it’s a societal one. The female experience is different from that of the male, and if, as a male writer, you cannot accept that basic premise, then you will never, ever, be able to write women well. A man walking alone through Midtown Manhattan at three in the morning may have concerns for his safety, but I promise you, it’s a very different experience for a woman taking the same walk, and it’s different again for a man wearing a dress. Think about it. That’s a societal factor, and it’s a gendered one, and this is not and can not be subject to debate. If you’re looking to argue that sexism is a thing of the past, that the world is gender-blind, you’re not only wrong, you’re lying to yourself.
An ignorant writer is a poor liar, and a poor liar makes for a bad crafter of fiction. If we accept that a story, no matter how grounded, is ultimately a tapestry of falsehoods, then it must follow that the author is required to tell his or her lies with as much skill as possible. As every politician and con artist will attest, nothing sells a falsehood better than a kernel of truth at its heart. Honesty at the correct moment, presented in the correct way, can buy the author an awful lot of rope with which to make the absurd seem plausible.
From Anna Schuleit's “Bloom,” a temporary art project that placed 28,000 potted flowers around the soon to be demolished Massachusetts Mental Health Center, memorializing the facility's almost century long history of struggle and healing.
Philip K. Dick predicts the impact of Blade Runner on the genre. This man saw the future in pretty much every way.
— Cormac Mccarthy (via sophiamara2390)