Quoted: Mary Karr

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I haven’t even finished reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr yet, but there are so many good nuggets of knowledge and wisdom. The copyright is 2015 (who knows how long Mary Karr was writing it?), but there are some timely quotes. (Sometimes, I have to remind myself that the entire history of the world/universe had led to this very moment.)

Here are some quotes that will be added to my notebook:

Nothing protects us against practiced liars and hucksters; nothing ever will.

What rankles me lately, though, is a sweeping tendency to deny even the possibility of truth.

In an off-kilter paradox, our strange cynicism about truth as a possibility has permitted us to accept all manner of bullshit on the page.

Our desire for spectacle has led many story-concocting “memoirists” into jacking up their tales, believing that the story with the most gunshots will win the biggest audience.

I’d go so far as it’s not just “story-concocting” memoirists, but journalists and “contentwriters, developers and managers posting crap on all facets of the Internet.

Another:

The American religion–so far as there is one anymore–seems to be doubt. Whoever believes the least wins, because he’ll never be found wrong.

Can I get a hashtag: truth?! I’ve been there: not taking the time for consideration. Not taking the effort to check-in with my intelligence and ask questions. Because, it takes time and effort, and, bonus! I’m never wrong.

It’s time to start calling out the bullshit and using my intelligence, supposedly strengthened by years of education. I invite you to do the same.

Quoted: Jessi Klein

“We were falling into the exciting tingle of fake intimacy through email, where a few personal overshares, blended with a sprinkling of coy, overly specific compliments, mimic the sensation of falling in love (when in fact usually you are only falling in love with yourself and your ability to write a really top-notch flirty email).”

This is from Jessi Klein’s book You’ll Grow Out of It and it is a nugget of truth. The whole book is pretty good. You should read it.