“I wouldn’t quite say that you’ve let yourself down. It’s just that “business Erin” is trekking ahead of everyone else and charting new ground while “artistic Erin” is falling behind the pack all over the bushes. Just remember to feed “artistic Erin” every once in awhile. Managing yourself is like having a meeting with all the different people in your personality and making sure you’re all on the same page.”—DE
Diane:Hey dear, did you already eat the protein bar I gave you the other day?
Erin:Nope! Here you go.
Diane:Thank you so much! What time are you getting up tomorrow? I PROMISE I'll buy you one so you can eat it after your run!
Erin:Diane. It's ok. You need to stop buying me these because honestly, you buy them, give them to me, ask to eat them...only to buy me *another* one to *give* to me to *ask* to eat later!
Diane:But I feel like I need to make up for the one that was yours that I ate and never paid for?
Erin:You already paid for it! It was so long ago, you forgot. You keep buying me them. And then eating them. And then saying, "I promise I really will buy you one tomorrow!" But when I say, "No really don't!" You say, "I WILL! I WILL!"
Diane:What? Did I really say that? "You may be shallow and pedantic but you're still my favorite pancake?"
Erin:Yes! You did!
Diane:I don't remember that. Wait! I do! This was after you were telling me about how frustrated you were when you had to write your "work view". You said, "I don't get it! I just need to make money! That's why I work. Why do I need to write more?"
Erin:Yup. And then you said, "You may be shallow and pedantic but you're still my favorite pancake!" And you ran out the door. And then I thought, "Wow...that is so true."
"Love is in itself a dangerous condition for women, Beauvoir concludes, because it tends to encourage their dependency on men and discourage them from pursuing their own goals. Marriage she describes as based on an ‘obscene’ principle, because it makes a duty of what should be a freely given exchange. It is also closely linked to the role of women as maintainer of the home - a thankless task, according to Beauvoir, because of the ephemeral nature of tasks such as cooking or cleaning which have to be endlessly repeated. Motherhood, another concomitant of marriage, is equally viewed by Beauvoir as highly problematic. Pregnancy seems to her to be a positive incitement to women to sink passively into a fixed destiny; after the birth, the mother-child relationship is described as a battlefield yielding few positive results for either party." - Crises of Modernization by Jill Forbes & Michael Kelly
“I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.”—John Green - Looking for Alaska
I realized that what makes this class wonderful isn’t so much that we get to watch French movies, but that my professor has insights that transcend mere interpretation and analysis. His thoughts are just original and genuine. That said, he’s also extremely quotable. Here are some juicy bits gathered from today’s lecture, everything from the hilarious to the heart touching.
"He is very likely a good lover…whenever he has time to love her. I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be obscene."
"The artist is a sacrificial being who is destroyed so that her emotions are spread to all those who are listening to her."
"Oh sheeet! I mean, pardon my French."
"Black means we are mourning someone we have lost."
"When my son entered the world, I wanted to be the first to speak to him. I thought, what message should I pass on to him, as a human to a human? I decided on the most important message of all and said, ‘Don’t be afraid.’"