"There are things bigger than you, I told myself, things that can take you out, things you can’t fight. You’ve always known this. You’re not new at this."
Don’t miss this week’s feature, The Storm and the Beast by Lauren Quinn, on depression and Typhoon Haiyan.
It’s funny. When you leave your home and wander really far, you always think, ‘I want to go home.’ But then you come home, and of course it’s not the same. You can’t live with it, you can’t live away from it. And it seems like from then on there’s always this yearning for some place that doesn’t exist. I felt that. Still do. I’m never completely at home anywhere.
"Sometimes I like to think about what kind of sounds the people of a hundred or seventy-five years ago might have taken for granted, and those that are new—like the rattle of that stiff cereal bag, or a waking computer, of course—and those that will be extinct in our lifetime."
"You sense how precarious and small and foreign your life is, how it wouldn’t take much for something to wipe it all out and drag you away. You never know; today could be the day."
Lauren Quinn’s latest, on depression and Typhoon Haiyan.
"Windows were being broken; protesters were being beaten and thrown into vans; soldiers were marching; groups of people high on adrenaline, unaware that they were bleeding, were hurling Molotov cocktails and running through the streets.”
This week’s feature, The Revolution, on falling in love amidst a revolution in Oaxaca.
Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’
"I try to write poems and short stories."
"Just weird situations."
"What kind of situations?"
"Disintegrating friendships, and things like that."
"So why do friendships disintegrate?"
"I just think that people’s interests change. And relationships have to be built on some sort of commonality. So once that common ground is lost, it’s very difficult to get it back."
Livin’ la VIDA loca with The Believer and Tin House: The two magazines discuss their own VIDA standings & how we can further bridge the “gender gulf” of inequality in literary magazines.