Literature

Worry is a way to pretend that you have knowledge or control over what you don't - and it surprises me, even in myself, how much we prefer ugly scenarios to the pure unknown.

Rebecca Solnit

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

Maya Angelou

Shuggie Bain will break your heart – and put the pieces back together again

Last night I went to Malmö City Library, to my first indoor cultural event since December 2019. And fittingly, wonderfully, it was Douglas Stuart, talking about Shuggie Bain. As I have written elsewhere, this book is astonishing, a tour de force of love and despair. Acclaimed by critics, loved by readers, translated into a slew […]

Go on and do your work. Do it well. It is all you can do.

Ursula K. Le Guin

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.

Rebecca West

To create means to connect. It is to abolish the gap between the body, the mind, and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and non-fiction.

Nawal El Saadawi

If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

What I had that others didn't was a capacity for sticking to it.

Doris Lessing