"The true revolutionary duty of a writer is to write well."
—Gabriel Garcia Marquez | 1927-2014 (via echo5charlie)
"So be wise, because the world needs more wisdom, and if you cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and then just behave like they would. And now go, and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make good art."
The fellow will research and write blog posts on a daily basis. The fellow will be considered an essential member of the Next City staff and will work out of the organization’s Philadelphia office. In addition to providing content for NextCity.org’s daily blog, the fellow will be expected to write longer reported features and generate other editorial content as needed.
The position is ideal for journalists of color who have a demonstrated interest in cities and are eager to build an online discussion about ways to improve social mobility and economic opportunity in urban communities. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer with ability to use human stories, data and reporting to craft compelling arguments and journalism.This fellowship is limited to writers of color in effort to bring disproportionately underrepresented voices to the online conversation about cities. Although minorities represent more than half the population of the United States’ ten largest cities, they are vastly underrepresented in the media. They account for only 12.37 percent of newsrooms surveyed in the annual American Society of News Editors. They represent roughly a quarter of journalism graduate students. And their voices are particularly scarce in niche media markets such as Next City’s urbanist community.
Handstand Adho Mukha Vrksasana
"Yoga has changed my life: mind, body, and spirit. I post photos and videos sharing my practice hoping to inspire someone to take that step and walk into their first class. All too often, I am the only person of color in the classes and workshops I attend."
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“ I am awed by her silences and her excited speech, her darkness, her self-possession. The completeness of a child is the most fragile and powerful thing in the world. A child’s confidence is the world’s wonder.”
—Teju Cole, Every Day Is for the Thief
"You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it." —James Baldwin
"Writing is really a way of thinking—not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.” —Toni Morrison
"The purpose of any piece of writing is its existence before a reader’s eyes. A writer exists when she fills the blank page. A writer fulfills her task when she can be read by readers. The important thing is to write." —Nancy Morejón
"The ability to use language to effective ends, to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words—that’s magical." — Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
"By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication." —Ralph Ellison
"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart." —Maya Angelou
Happy birthday, Maya Angelou! Celebrate with her beautiful meditation on home, belonging, and (not) growing up.
I’m a magnolia
"When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through."