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Random quote of the day:

“Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books. All too often, that’s more than Mummy and Daddy know; for, in denying their childhood, the adults have denied half their knowledge, and are left with the sad, sterile little fact: ‘Unicorns aren’t real.’”

—Ursula K. LeGuin, The Language of the Night

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Random quote of the day:

“A hand moves, and the fire’s whirling takes different shapes.
All things change when we do.
The first word, “Ah,” blossoms into all others.
Each of them true.”

—Kūkai, “Singing Images of Fire,” 9th c. (tr. Jane Hirshfield)

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Yesterday I went out to my car to run the engine so the battery didn’t die. I usually try to get out and drive around to accomplish this, but I have not had the (mostly mental) energy for it recently. However, it was getting on towards two weeks since I’d driven anywhere and I have a sorry history of killing batteries so sitting in the car reading a book while running the engine was the best alternative.

But as I opened the car door one of the neighborhood murder of crows that I feed landed on the garage roof about six feet from me and gave me The Look. “Where is my snack?”

I told him, “I’m sorry. I don’t have anything for you right now. Maybe later.” He looked deep into my eyes, bobbed his head as if nodding, and flew away.

So after I’d finished with the car, I went inside and got a snack and threw it out front for him and his crew of crows. (It’s not a good idea to lie to crows.) I didn’t hear him or his fellows. Sometimes they are quite raucous when snacks are around, sometimes silent and efficient consumers.

But when I looked out a little while later the snacks had magically disappeared.

“What is the strangest thing a stranger has ever said to you?” Mat Auryn asked his followers on Twitter (@matauryn). I remembered this: “I am so lost right now, like when I was a kid on a spinner at the playground and I fell off and I wanted to get back on, but I couldn’t. And it kept spinning.”

I didn’t respond very well, so I wrote this poem:

In real life, I typed up the poem, printed it out, drove back to the bookstore, walked up to the counter she was standing behind and handed it to her. “I wrote this for you,” I said. She laughed nervously. I turned and left.

I don’t know if she laughed at me with her friends, if it meant something, I don’t know what it meant. I just knew I couldn’t leave things as they were, reinforcing her maybe feeling that maybe nobody gave a damn. I concede it was a deeply weird thing for me to do—and probably more about me than her.

I usually went to that bookstore about once a week, but I don’t recall seeing her again. For all I know, she hid out in the storeroom if she saw me coming.

Whatever you need to say, from deep in your soul, say it. It doesn’t matter if people laugh at you. The universe needs to hear it.

And maybe laugh at you as well.

 

Random quote of the day:

“A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.”

—Oscar Wilde, The Portrait of Mr. W. H.

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Random quote of the day:

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I’m a human being, first and foremost, and as such I’m for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.”

―Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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Random quote of the day:

“As you get older your willingness to tell more of the truth is awakened and you don’t have to think about it or imagine it because now you know this to be true.”

—Keith David, Los Angeles Sentinel, September 13, 2016

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Random quote of the day:

“Platitude—An idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.”

—H. L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

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Random quote of the day:

“Art is magic, emancipated from the lie of being truth.”

—Theodor Adorno, Minima Moralia (tr. Dennis Redmond)

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Random quote of the day:

“Novelists tell that piece of the truth hidden at the bottom of every lie.”

—Italo Calvino, The Paris Review, Issue 124, Fall 1992

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