The danger of a single story →

(Source: jennwitte, via books)

humansofnewyork:

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."

humansofnewyork:

"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."

housingworksbookstore:

"Women often have a great need to portray themselves as sympathetic and pleasing, but we’re also dark people with dark thoughts. I wanted to have that on the page, as horrible as it might seem." —Zadie Smith via The world according to Zadie Smith - ES Magazine - Life & Style - London Evening Standard
Sometimes I think I fall more in love with Zadie Smith every day.

housingworksbookstore:

"Women often have a great need to portray themselves as sympathetic and pleasing, but we’re also dark people with dark thoughts. I wanted to have that on the page, as horrible as it might seem." —Zadie Smith via The world according to Zadie Smith - ES Magazine - Life & Style - London Evening Standard

Sometimes I think I fall more in love with Zadie Smith every day.

Most of the cruelty in the world is just misplaced energy.

— Zadie Smith, On Beauty (via feellng)

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke →

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

— Maya Angelou

Langston Hughes and Dorothy West, on their way to Russia in 1933, photographed by Carl Van Vechten.

7 Black Women Science Fiction Writers Everyone Should Know →

(Source: aeon-fux, via afrofuturistaffair)