Gordon Parks - Collected Works
"My neighbor asked me what I thought about her arrest. I said, "I wish she had gotten out of the country. I wish they hadn’t caught her. God knows what they don’t mean to do to her. And my neighbor said, "Yes, all of us, if-push-came-to-shove and she came to our door tonight, any black woman worth a dime would hide her." -Margaret Walker, A Poetic Equation: Conversations Between Nikki Giovanni and Margeret Walker (1974)
Fran Lebowitz on the loss of an audience to AIDS:
"Everyone talks about the effect AIDS had on the culture in the sense - I mean, people don’t talk about it anymore, but when they did talk about it - they talked about what artists were lost, but they never talked about this audience that was lost.
There was such a high level of connoisseurtian of everything that people like this were interested in, of everything, that made the culture better. You know, a very discerning audience, an audience with a high level of connoisseurtian is as important to the culture as artists. It’s exactly as important.
Now, we don’t have any kind of discerning audience. When that audience died - and that audience died in five minutes. Literally, people didn’t die faster in war. And it allowed of course, like the second, third, fourth tier to rise to the front.
The loss of that audience had a terrible effect, and a terrible effect on me…”
"He wrote his epitaph
He wrote his eulogy
It said ‘I think that I can die now
For my true love won’t come for me’
Oh no…” -Tracy Chapman, I Used To Be A Sailor.