Posts Tagged: Quotes

Lady Inspiration: St. Vincent

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“My uncle told me when I was a teenager that if you want to be a person with confidence just pretend you are a person with confidence and eventually you will have confidence, so I did that. There’s a fair amount of self-delusion involved. I never envisioned a Plan B. I’m almost immune to the idea of failure; it never occurred to me.” –Annie Clark in an interview with The Guardian

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Lena Dunham Interviews Mindy Kaling (And It’s Very Funny)

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At this point, saying you love Mindy Kaling is like saying you love pizza or donuts. I mean, duh. Of course you do. She’s a smart, talented, funny, hardworking woman who cares about makeup. What’s not to like? But she keeps saying funny things, so I feel the need to keep talking about how much I like her. Yesterday, Rolling Stone published a conversation between Lena Dunham and Mindy from Rookie: Yearbook Two. The whole thing is great, but I especially liked this last paragraph:

“I love women who are bosses and who don’t constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don’t ask, “Is that OK?” after everything they say. I love when women are courageous in the face of unthinkable circumstances, like my mother when she was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Or like Gabrielle Giffords writing editorials for the New York Times about the cowardice of Congress regarding gun laws and using phrases like “mark my words” like she is Clint Eastwood. How many women say stuff like that? I love mothers who teach their children that listening is often better than talking. I love obedient daughters who absorb everything—being perceptive can be more important than being expressive. I love women who love sex and realize that sexual experience doesn’t have to be the source of their art. I love women who love sex and can write about it in thoughtful, creative ways that don’t exploit them, as many other people will use sex to exploit them. I love women who know how to wear menswear.”

I love women who know how to wear menswear, too. I wish I could. You can read the rest of the interview at Rolling Stone.

Lady Inspiration: Carrie Brownstein

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“In Olympia, Washington, ambition was like a dirty word for a long time. I think in very idyllic and idealistic communities, people want everything to be very even and democratic. And that’s wonderful for supporting one another, but I don’t think it’s antithetical to being a supportive member of a community to aspire to do well, and to feel proud about things. I think it’s OK to have wants and needs that might be at odds with what your friends’ bands are doing, or what the community’s doing. You don’t want to undermine yourself, and to feel like for every step forward you have to justify why you want to do it. If you want success, especially for girls and women, there’s this overly apologetic sensibility, like you have to justify or overexplain why you’re going for it. That shouldn’t exist. But yeah, I definitely came from that.

Miranda July and I have known each other since we were 19, and we both came from Olympia, so we’ve talked about this a lot. We both really wanted things for ourselves. We wanted people to hear our music, and she wanted people to see her performance art and see her films—and that’s not a betrayal, I think. That’s the trick—not feeling like you’re betraying other people. If you have friends who are making you feel that way, that’s not the right community for you. It’s good to find people that are encouraging you, not undermining your efforts or making them seem shallow. Because I think for most people it’s actually not about being rich or famous; it’s about being able to support yourself doing what you love. And I think if you can support yourself doing what you love, no one should criticize that.”
-Carrie Brownstein in an interview with Rookie last year

Lady Inspiration: Octavia Butler

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“I didn’t like seeing her go through back doors. If my mother hadn’t put up with all those humiliations, I wouldn’t have eaten very well or lived very comfortably. So I wanted to write a novel that would make others feel the history: the pain and fear that black people have had to live through in order to endure.”–Octavia Butler on Kindred and her mother’s job as a maid. If you haven’t read Kindred, please, drop everything and go read it right away. It’s about time travel and race, and it’s so compelling that you won’t be able to put it down.

Lady Inspiration: Rebel Wilson

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Have you guys read Vulture’s profile of Rebel Wilson? There’s so much great stuff in there, but here were a few of my favorite quotes:

On contracting malaria:“She was in intensive care for two weeks, and while she was under heavy medication, she had a vision. ‘I hallucinated that I was an actress,’ Wilson recalled now, ‘and that I was at the Academy Awards and I won. I got up and did an acceptance rap rather than a speech, and the crowd loved it. The image was so vivid and strong that when I came out of the illness, I saw it as a sign: I knew I had to become an actress.’”

On her mission statement for Super Fun Night: “‘So one day, I sat down and wrote a Post-it and put it in my Hello Kitty notebook, which I take everywhere. Whenever I feel down, I read the Post-it and remember why I’m doing the show.’
Her Post-it is a kind of mission statement: ‘The bigger purpose in all of this,’ Wilson wrote, ‘is to inspire girls who don’t think they’re socially all that—who don’t think they’re pretty and popular. To let them know they can have fun and exciting lives.’

On her clothes in Super Fun Night: “‘In the pilot, I was deliberately wearing a very tight white dress with horrible crisscross black stripes that is way too short, and I’m holding a clutch purse that is so tiny that it accentuates my size,’ Wilson told me later. ‘The women from wardrobe are lovely, but they don’t get that I want to dress as Kimmie, and Kimmie does not have the best taste. The girls in the show are at the bottom of the social pole, and it’s hard to communicate that to the network. It’s important they understand that comedy is not about looking good.’”

Rebel Wilson is amazing, you guys.