“A Moral Position”

“Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It’s absolutely unavoidable. A journalist is someone who looks at the world and the way it works, someone who takes a close look at things every day and reports what she sees, someone who represents the world, the event, for others. She cannot […] Read more

Not a Tourist

I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy. – Anaïs Nin […] Read more

“My Own Way”

“I could not sit seriously down to write a serious Romance under any other motive than to save my life, & if it were indispensable for me to keep it up & never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. […] Read more

The Reader

“This text is a pure pleasure to read as it confounds our understanding of autobiography, revealing the fundamental dependency of the one who might narrate his or her own life on the ‘you’ to whom he or she turns in order to become a narratable subject.” – Judith Butler on Relating Narratives: Storytelling and selfhood […] Read more

How to Suppress Any Writing

“She didn’t write it. But if it’s clear she did the deed… She wrote it, but she shouldn’t have. (It’s political, sexual, masculine, feminist.) She wrote it but look what she wrote about. (The bedroom, the kitchen, her family. Other women.) She wrote it, but she wrote only one of it. (“Jane Eyre. Poor dear, […] Read more

Genius and History

“[A]ny fool can make history, but it takes a genius to write it.” – Oscar Wilde […] Read more

Nothing Can Equal …

Nothing we use or hear or touch can be expressed in words that equal what is given by the senses. – Hannah ArendtUsually when I post a quote I let it stand alone. However today I have decided to venture forth with some thoughts. I think this quote is related to Magritte’s painting Ceci n’est […] Read more

What It Means

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means; what I want and what I fear.” – Joan DidionPlease consider joining the Writing Mental Illness Facebook group or signing up for the newsletter. The course Writing Mental Illness is out; please consider learning more […] Read more

What is Testimony?

“…the more we look closely at texts, the more they show us that, unwittingly, we do not even know what testimony is, and that, in any case, it is not simply what we thought we knew it was.” — Shoshana FelmanQuestions for the day: What does it mean to testify to mental illness? What does […] Read more

Revealing Meaning

This quote by the philosopher Hannah Arendt that I’ve posted previously about storytelling floats around the Internet in this shortened form. “Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”Today, however, I went and looked up the original in Arendt’s Men in Dark Times from 1970. The quote is as follows: “It is true […] Read more

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