— Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (via quotes-shape-us)
Dustin Hoffman in a revealing interview on what it was that drove him to make the film Tootsie, how men are conditioned (brainwashed) to view women as objects of beauty, not as human beings who could be interesting, and smart, and brilliant…
If you’ve not seen Tootsie (1982, nominated for 10 Academy Awards), check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rv7smBQ-S80
— Chelsea Hodson in her recent piece: People I Don’t Talk to Anymore “I want to understand this little arm.”
Some gems from Sheila Heti’s review of Kate Zambreno’s HEROINES (just ordered the book). Not unlike Heti’s own work which defies fixed genres/categories, she refers to HEROINES as “… part memoir, part criticism part fiction, part feminist tract or call to arms or self-help manual or biography or work of literary history.”
- “… we can only understand ourselves if others like us have come before. To imagine we are the first and only of our kind is certainly alienation.”
- “… the women… were driven mad by their lives: their men, their culture, the doctors who didn’t understand them… the sickness came partly from being a character in someone else’s creation, a heroine not of one’s own making or in one’s own words.”
- “HEROINES is dedicated to an author friend, ‘to writing ourselves as our own characters,’ and to ‘the girls who still seem, as they did in Virginia Woolf’s time, so fearfully depressed’…. Doesn’t a writer need to enter an unsafe space, as Zambreno does with this book? Only in unsafe spaces does ‘unsafe’ writing make interesting things happen…. Isn’t freedom the freedom to take oneself seriously enough to put years of application into a finished work of art and fight it into the world?”
Just love that, TO FIGHT IT (our books, ourselves, what we create, who we are, and how we want to be) INTO THE WORLD.
Zambreno and Heti are heroines. If you’ve not read Sheila Heti’s book, “How Should A Person Be,” you should give it a go.