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3rd January

Sir Winston had to divest himself of his rain gear, which included galoshes, a source of fascination to Griselda, for whom they had only ever been a rumour in childrenís books. Straps and buckles... Not for the first time, she wondered about the fetishism of the upper classes; about their clinging on to the ways of childhood - the nannies and the school dinner menus; the club ties - and about the wisdom of putting those mired in their own pasts in charge of all our futures.

Mick Herron, The Secret Hours (2023)

10th January

The problem of "outsider" artists is the whole problem of what to do with unlabeled, disallowed, disavowed, not-even-consciously-perceived experience which cannot be spoken about because it has no embodiment in existing art. Is one to create new forms wholesale--which is practically impossible? Or turn to old ones.... Or "trivial," trashy genres, like Austen's ladies' fiction?

Joanna Russ, 'What Can a Heroine Do? or Why Women Can't Write' (1972) in To Write Like A Woman: Essays in Feminism and Science Fiction (1995)

17th January

[O]nly the slow perspective, the long view, lets you see the power that lies in ordinary people, in movements, in campaigns that often are seen as unrealistic, extreme, aiming for the impossible at their inception.

Rebecca Solnit, 'Slow Change Can Be Radical Change' (2024)

24th January

You know, the secret connections behind everything always come down to people you never hear about, who put things together so other stuff can happen. Itís something Iíve seen over and over again, yet historians always neglect to mention it!

Greg Shaw, cited in 'The Music Mogul' in Rob Hansen (ed.) Beyond Fandom: Fans, Culture & Politics in the 20th Century (2023)

31st January

[P]eople who see themselves as recorders and observers are always surprised to be seen as doers and movers.

Doris Lessing, African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe (1992)

Feb 2024

7th February

[T]here are more women whom men find attractive than men whom women find attractive[.]

Rebecca West, 1900 (1982)

14th February

His book [Thomas Smith, Syntagma de druidum moribus, 1664] provides a classic illustration of how a completely erroneous theory, based ultimately on mere wish-fulfilment, can be argued with admirable learning and logic.

Ronald Hutton, Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain (2009)

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