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John Steinbeck

Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell

Carson McCullers

Christiane Amanpour. Journalist/Reporter. "I have made my living bearing witness to some of the most horrific events of the end of our century, at the end of the 20th century." . . "I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.". . . "In emerging democracies like Russia, in authoritarian states like Iran or even Yugoslavia, journalists play a vital role in civil society. In fact, they form the very basis of those new democracies and civil societies."

Gloria Steinem. "Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That's their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood."

Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say? --Kurt Vonnegut

Zakhar Prilepin writes about the hardscrabble life he once knew, from the lives of underpaid policemen to that of local street punks.

Mark Twain

a young (and dapper) Orson Welles (who knew?)

Yoko 3, Emilie Halpern, 2010

Yoko Ono

"The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." Emily Dickinson

Edna St. Vincent Millay, June 1914 by an unknown photographer.

Carson McCullers

Eudora Welty

jim morrison

dylan thomas

Truman Capote

Ntozake Shange playwright, a poet, and feminist - much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism." She wrote the award-winning play 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf' (1975). This picture is from the 80s not now.

Elizabeth Barrett Browing

Susan Sontag at a symposium on sex in 1962 at the Mills Hotel. Photograph: Fred W. Mcdarrah

C.S. Lewis. "Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it."

J.R.R. Tolkein. . . “I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

"It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all - in which case, you fail by default." J.K. Rowling

Laura Ingalls Wilder. “It is a good idea sometimes to think of the importance and dignity of our every-day duties. It keeps them from being so tiresome; besides, others are apt take us at our own valuation. ”