Am I Not Your Animal?

"Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes." -W.W.

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In the mid-twentieth century, Erwin Blumenfeld was reputed to be one of the highest-paid photographers in the fashion industry, but between shooting Vogue covers, he continued to produce experimental work.

Photographs courtesy The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld

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I wouldn’t necessarily mind people not knowing I’m gay, but I don’t like being thought of as straight — in the same way that I don’t mind people not knowing I’m a writer, but it would be awkward if they assumed I was an extreme skateboarder, because that’s so far removed from the reality of my life. But there is no blank slate where orientation is concerned; we are straight until proven otherwise. And if you’ve never seen how dramatically a conversation can be derailed by a casual admission of homosexuality, let me tell you, it gets awkward.
My Life as an Invisible Queer (via feministlibrarian)

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There are always surprises. Life may be inveterately grim and the surprises disproportionately unpleasant, but it would be hardly worth living if there were no exceptions, no sunny days, no acts of random kindness.
T.C. Boyle, The Tortilla Curtain (via wordsnquotes)

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