Toni Morrison on Embracing Failure as Information

It’s as though you’re in a laboratory and you’re working on an experiment with chemicals or with rats, and it doesn’t work. It doesn’t mix. You don’t throw up your hands and run out of the lab. What you do is you identify the procedure and what went wrong and then correct it. If you think of [writing] simply as information, you can get closer to success.

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison turns 88 on Monday.

Her new essay collection, The Source of Self-Regard, was released last week in Germany and I can’t wait to delve in.

Image: Angela Radulescu, cc-by-sa 2.0

It is our failure to become our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound re-invention.

Conan O’ Brien, 2011 Commencement Address to Dartmouth College Graduates (via death-by-elocution)

I read this Maddow blog post and Sen Sessions (R-Ala.) remarks on the number of Americans dependent on food stamps etc. I have only one thing to say: 

Dear Senator Sessions, 

the economic crisis, the increase of people relying on food stamps and the huge debt are all caused by your party’s failure. Ridiculous tax reductions for the superwealthy (like yourself), two outrageously expensive wars (one a bit, the other totally unnecessary), lax regulation of banks and stock  markets – these are all cause of the current predicament of your country and your party is responsible for all of them. Then, once Obama took over, you stopped acting like rational adults and did nothing but obstruct and spit destructive rhetoric.

So shut your piehole, donate a few cans of food (we all know you could afford it) and, most importantly, go back to work. FOR THE PEOPLE.