Bolger: “Who benefits from believing in the ‘fixable?'”

“Who benefits from believing in the ‘fixable’”? Who benefits from insisting that trauma and its effects have ended, from tying up pain with a pretty little bow?" – Dana Bolger This comes from a beautifully perfect essay entitled “Hurry Up and Heal:” Pain, Productivity, and the Inadequacy of ‘Victim vs. Survivor.’ Bolger doesn’t answer the […] Read More

“Histories Cling” – Adichie

“Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie I discovered Adichie’s work (Purple Hibiscus, and later Americanah) when I wandered into Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis late to a reading that sounded good. Adichie blew me away. She is Nigerian and I had read fellow Nigerian […] Read More

King – No Maps of the Change

“No one can tell what goes on in between the person you were and the person you become. No one can chart that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out the other side. Or you don’t.” ― Stephen King, The Stand […] Read More

“When I Get Out” – Linehan

“I was in hell, and I made a vow: when I get out, I’m going to come back and get others out of here.” – Marsha Linehan, on being in the hospital while being suicidal I first heard Linehan say this on a BBC interview a couple of years ago. In the interview Linehan was […] Read More

Langer – Real Thinking

“Real thinking is possible only in the light of genuine language, no matter how limited, how primitive;” ― Susanne K. Langer, Philosophy in a New Key: A Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite, and Art: Study in the Symbolism of Reason, Rite and Art […] Read More

Joplin – Don’t Compromise

“Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.” — Janis Joplin I spent a few hours today with the delightful Amy Salloway presenting The Advice People. We worked the Wabasha Block Party in downtown St. Paul. We spent most of the day advising people to be authentic, even if that merely means to continue hating […] Read More

Reville – Awareness of what?

“Increasingly, I’ve become skeptical about whether personal stories actually increase awareness; and if they do increase awareness, what are we being made aware of[1]?” – David Reville, former Canadian politician, instructor at School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. Reville teaches the courses A History of Madness and Mad People’s History Here’s Reville again: “I […] Read More

Frye – “Restrictions and Limitations”

“Many of the restrictions and limitations we live with are more or less internalized and self-monitored, and are part of our adaptations to the requirements and expectations imposed by the needs and tastes and tyrannies of others.” – <a href=""Marilyn Frye, feminist philosopher, from her book The Politics of Reality: essays in feminist theory, page […] Read More

Smith – Worlds Open Up

“Nothing is ever over, nothing is ever ended, and worlds open up within the world we know.” – Lee Smith, in Oral History: a novel (1983) […] Read More

Wallace – Truth

“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” – David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest (1996) […] Read More

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