Starlings are notoriously difficult to “control.” The story is told of a man who was bothered by starlings roosting in a large sycamore near his house. He said he tried everything to get rid of them and finally took a shotgun to three of them and killed them. When asked if that discouraged the birds, he reflected a minute, leaned forward, and said confidentially, “Those three it did.”
– Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
Now that they’ve taken Dr. King off, it’s time to end this nonviolence bullshit.
– Stokely Carmichael
Stokely Carmichael was the youngest of the Freedom Riders in the summer of 1961, arrested for entering an “all white” cafeteria and disturbing the peace. He was nineteen years old.
My absolutely favorite hike, on the Maryland side of the Potomac, Great Falls Park.
But the cinephile is … a neurotic! (That’s not a pejorative term.) The Bronte sisters were neurotic, and it’s because they were neurotic that they read all those books and became writers. The famous French advertising slogan that says, “When you love life, you go to the movies,” it’s false! It’s exactly the opposite: when you don’t love life, or when life doesn’t give you satisfaction, you go to the movies.
— François Truffaut
Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.
— Alfred Hitchcock