book by dazzling book

Every seed has a story… encrypted in a narrative line that stretches back for thousands of years. And if you trace that story, traveling with that little seed backward in time, you might find yourself tucked into an immigrant’s hatband or sewn into the hem of a young wife’s dress as she smuggles you from the old country into the New World. Or you might be clinging to the belly wool of a yak as you travel across the steppes of Mongolia. Or perhaps you are eaten by an albatross and pooped out on some rocky outcropping, where you and your offspring will put down roots to colonize that foreign shore. Seeds tell the story of migrations and drifts, so if you learn to read them, they are very much like books— with one big difference.

…The difference is this: Book information is relevant only to human beings. It’s expendable, really… the planet can do quite well without books. However, the information contained in a seed is a different story, entirely vital, pertaining to life itself. Why? Because seeds contain the information necessary to perform the most essential of all alchemies, something that we cannot do: They know how to transform sunlight into food and oxygen so the rest of us can survive.

— Ruth Ozeki, All Over Creation. 


  • Sister Souljah:You’re making a moral appeal to a country that doesn’t have a moral conscience. The question becomes: that when white people feel serious and angry and upset about abortion, they come out in the thousands up to the millions to say, “This is what we believe about abortion.”
  • Where is the white outcry against white racism that murders African people all around this entire globe? It doesn’t exist. So who are these “white good people”? I want to meet them! I want to see them!
  • Cornell West:I know a few, but Sista…
  • Sister Souljah:A few is not enough-
  • Cornell West:But that might be all we can get
  • Sister Souljah:Oh no, no. And guess what? I don’t work with “all I can get” […] listen you have to have some confidence in the power of African people amongst ourselves to establish a foundation[…] And you (Cornell West) may have a program, Mr. Brown may have a program. But what we got to talk about is an American government that traps millions of African people who don’t go to your program, don’t go to Brown’s program. Millions of African people not only here but all around the world. And if we are not honest enough to say who are our friends, who are our enemies, to know what a friend is, to know what an enemy is. We will constantly be trying to get into people’s parties, to shake our butts with them, to get them to like us. And that’s not the question, the question is: What can we build amongst ourselves to secure ourselves from our enemies so that we can be able to survive into the future.

There is a loneliness that can be rocked. Arms crossed, knees drawn up; holding, holding on, this motion, unlike a ship’s, smooths and contains the rocker. It’s an inside kind—wrapped tight like skin. Then there is a loneliness that roams. No rocking can hold it down. It is alive, on its own. A dry and spreading thing that makes the sound of one’s own feet going seem to come from a far-off place.

— Toni Morrison, Beloved (via stealingrimbaud)


kamounke:

“If you’re an adivasi [tribal Indian] living in a forest village and 800 CRP [Central Reserve Police] come and surround your village and start burning it, what are you supposed to do? Are you supposed to go on hunger strike? Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have the right to resist annihilation.” - Arundhati Roy

kamounke:

“If you’re an adivasi [tribal Indian] living in a forest village and 800 CRP [Central Reserve Police] come and surround your village and start burning it, what are you supposed to do? Are you supposed to go on hunger strike? Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have the right to resist annihilation.” - Arundhati Roy