qotd: activity

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Storytelling is the essential human activity. The harder the situation, the more essential it is.

—Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

qotd: problem

The problem with a book is that you never know what it’s planning to do to you until you’re too far into it.

—Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings

qotd: peace

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The language of peace is subtle . . . The reasons for peace, the definitions of peace, the very idea of peace have to be invented, and invented again.

—Maxine Hong Kingston, The Fifth Book of Peace

qotd: open

fullsizeoutput_3233Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.

—Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost