William O. Pate II’s quotes, page 1

William O. Pate IiS Quotes, Page 1

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    Many still see UX designers (or Product Designers or UI Designers) getting one thing done: creating nice wireframes on sketch or photoshop so they can help engineers …

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    Even worse, some still today see design as veneer. Just make it pop” or Just make it beautiful” are some phrases that come to mind from my consulting days.

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    Design, at its core is about solving problems and building relationships. If the interface has no interface it still needs to be designed. And great designers will still have a role to play to create those experiences.

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    Great designers advocate for human benefit. They create a better future because they understand that whenever you build something on the internet, it can touch the lives of billions of people, people whom they are trying to serve by creating incredible products.

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    … pitch to a former coworker who had expressed interest in being interviewed. Despite my request for secrecy, she passed it along to her boss. Soon, because Senate offices are the organizational equivalent of…

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    …g the first rule of writers’ rooms, fight clubs, and political offices everywhere: confidentiality. Confidentiality always seems to be particularly convenient for men.

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    …orm of discrimination. The piece was going to be anchored in my experience working for two leading, unnamed Democratic senators, and include lots of interviews with other women on the Hill.

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    …orm of discrimination. The piece was going to be anchored in my experience working for two leading, unnamed Democratic senators, and include lots of interviews with other women on the Hill.

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    … pitch to a former coworker who had expressed interest in being interviewed. Despite my request for secrecy, she passed it along to her boss. Soon, because Senate offices are the organizational equivalent of…

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    …g the first rule of writers’ rooms, fight clubs, and political offices everywhere: confidentiality. Confidentiality always seems to be particularly convenient for men.

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    …he cushy-seeming soft discrimination” to the delicious sugar-coated discrimination.” Names aside, this kind of treatment creates a Sisyphean task for young women. In the past society may have told us, Don’t hurt your pretty self trying to lift that rock, sweet thing.” Now, women enjoy the basic presumption that we are smart and plenty mighty. Yet we still can’t seem to get to the top of the hill.

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    Today, we can clearly see that Trump’s white working class base is not moved by neoliberalism, and looking through a historical context, we can see that neoliberalism wasn’t what motivated the white working class to move towards the Republican Party over the past half century either. The same trend that pushed southern whites to the Republican Party in the 1960s — a fear of white interests being subverted in favor of nonwhites — is happening all over the country today.

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    What percentage of Trump’s base supports the racist comments made by Steve King? How many were voting directly for a society that is defined by that outlook? Those are the questions we have to face as a country.

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    If neoliberalism isn’t what is moving the white working class, then it follows that Democrats embracing universal healthcare and free college isn’t going to win those voters back. Voxs Zack Be…

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    Democrats can’t win over Trump voters with universal social programs like free healthcare and free college because Trump’s voters were never voting on those issues anyway. Trump’s base is concerned with a return to the demographics and social structure of a pre-Civil Rights America. Since the white working class isn’t voting on economics, Democrats should understand that economic …

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    Sorry.”
    No no no no no. Don’t say this (unless you legitimately did something horrible, but asking someon…

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    …nly experience moral failings under the influence of men is degrading and reductive in the extreme. By depriving women of the agency to be evil and do evil things, women are entirely dehumanized. For feminism to be a successful and valuable movement it must accept that women are just as prone …

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    …ons to be a reflection that I was ugly, and would basically make the whole situation worse by going Oh my god, what’s wrong? Why aren’t you hard? IS YOUR DICK BROKEN? ARE YOU NOT ATTRACTED TO ME? WHAT IS HAPPENING? JUSTIFY YOUR LACK OF ERECTION IMMEDIATELY!”

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    …nager.” One male friend, in particular, has lamented several times that he never sex as a teenager, which is actually sort of offensive because I took his virginity when he was 18. I’ve brought this up, and he’s been like you don’t count. What he said he means was, he wished he …

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    …years ago have been like remember the sex we used to have? It was ah-may-zing,” and I’ve been like I was there, it seemed fairly ordinary, perhaps even sub-par.” And, ok, one explanation is that it was amazing for him and sub-bar for me, but I also remember my …

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    …remembering the refried version of it. We’re remembering things that probably didn’t really happen. Even worse, if you’re someone who has the tendency to compare your present with your past, your present will always be tainted by disappointment. Your initial sexual experiences had the benefit of having no refried memories to compete with. Ofte…

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    …t to say you shouldn’t do the things you like over and over; it’s just to say, as much as possible, you should hold each experience (even one that is similar to many others) as its own without comparing it.

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    …rted to happen was I began to appreciate all the ordinary feelings that I was feeling all the time. Part of why I had been depressed is that I was constantly comparing how I felt to what I wanted to be feeling, and was always disappointed. That perpetual disappointment was numbing everything, and turning my world grey. Eventually, when I…

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    Is a fully appreciated ordinary reality as good” as that feeling I imagined? I can’t tell, because just by considering that question, I make my experience worse. I will never be able to evaluate that question, and that’s at the heart of the paradox. Was it the right decision to abandon the pursuit of a deeply hedonistic view of enlightenment to fully appreciate the here and now? I don’t know, I will never know, and I cannot know. But, I do know that I have no regrets.

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    I would settle just for horny experienced men. Just one; preferably someone who lasted longer than five minutes. Minute rice is ok, but a minute man…um…es no bueno…no good. Hahaha…

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    …his friend has always to me represented, like, something that is deeply wrong with liberal culture. The desire to be open minded simply for the sake of being open minded, not because you have come up against a situation that requires it, seems fairly toxic. Additionally, the belief that by dealing with something in the abstract, that by reading enough art…

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    we value masculinity more than femininity. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be a woman; it was that I had to suffer so much indignity because I was one. We assume women who wear makeup aren’t smart, or that caring, nurturing work is less valuable than…

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    Basically, a real woman is one who serves men, whose existence is to be available for the pleasure of and consumption by m…

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    A degree is information. Information is an incredibly valuable resource in the market. But in the case of th…

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    2D image of one of his books on his website, so she sent him a 3D rendering of it he could use for free. She ended by saying she hopes her book promotion and the image are useful to him, and if he wants …

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    … better ways. Oh, and as a general rule, the more interesting the company, the less they care about degrees.

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    Yet we should also be conscious of the hubris involved in stating something as a design question. As strategic designers in particular, we should be careful of being hoist on our own petard, of be…

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    Yet we should also be conscious of the hubris involved in stating something as a design question. As strategic designers in particular, we should be careful of being hoist on our own petard, of bec…

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    … in them, with a different order of meaning, and thus warrant a physical, face-to-face interaction. Naming your child is not like opening a bank account, booking a flight or ordering on Amazon Prime.

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    … will thus prove to be counterproductive at best, and hurry along the horrors depicted by Curtis in Hypernormalisation at worst.

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    If you find yourself going on and on, you should probably question whether what you’re writing has already been written (often in much the same phrasing) once or twice before in the same piece. Unless you’re writing about a really complex subject or the piece is otherwise especially noteworth…

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    But creative and entrepreneurial dreams don’t come with a monthly salary that allows you to earn, spend and save fixed amounts…secure in the knowledge that the future is ta…

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    Yes, the monthly salary is an addiction… The most Zen detached souls think they are incapable of succumbing to it, but they do. Just seeing…

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    …At first, we tried to replicate the church experience with candles, worship songs and readings, and the kids really pushed back on the whole offering plate concept, so it took some work.

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    … consider this Twelve Step-py” or more Romans 12:15, it was a great way to get all of us talking.) In this time, the kids learned that we, too, had things in our lives that challenged us or energized us.

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    … The Last Word is already doing about the perceived problem, What we have with our bar family is a shuttle service that works on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday that will shuttle you between our four family bars. Th…

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    If we consider ourselves to live in one big apartment building, too many of us are pounding on our neighbors’ doors demanding they conform to our ideas instead of allowing them to just keep their door closed.

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    No one ever died of being asked questions. I recognize my own personal vantage point is a pinhead compared to how millions of others live and…

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    …if everyone has destroyed themselves, relationships, and the planet in the process. There are still scientists who believe in their evidence that black people are inferior and girls can’t ever learn math. I believe we, as a society, need to connect on the levels we share…

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    Rage Against Anti-Intellectualism

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    Further reading:

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    After all, everybody believes weird things. That being said, making the acceptance of beliefs that run counter to reason and plain evidence is a hallmark of how both cults and authoritarian governments operate.

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    I think many of us with a fundamental obsessive compulsive disorder to convey exactly what we mean within the confines of our grammar and language can be so in love wi…

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    These trees!! They must know! These trees were here for all of the picnics, the skipping rocks lessons, the star-gazing, and the failed fishing lessons given to a weird, vegan daughter who mourned the death of fish like they were kin. I want to shake these trees so hard that they give up the secret memories I can no longer find. C’m…

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    …so deeply feel, I miss the calculations of your life and advice. I used to know what you’d tell me, but I can’t hear it anymore.

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    …so deeply feel, I miss the calculations of your life and advice. I used to know what you’d tell me, but I can’t hear it anymore.

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    … I used to be able to hear’ you and know what you’d tell me but its fading with each passing year. I don’t want to forget, but you are fading —

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    I wonder if some part of his DNA exists somewhere in this place. Did one of those grains of sand touch his toes? Did his peeling sunburned skin fall into the soil …

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    I wonder if some part of his DNA exists somewhere in this place. Did one of those grains of sand touch his toes? Did his peeling sunburned skin fall into the soil …

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    … memories, I do know what you’d say — you are here. Your DNA doesn’t need unearthing in this place. It is already here in me. My blue eyes are your blue eyes viewing all the life you lived and are still living in me.

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    … memories, I do know what you’d say — you are here. Your DNA doesn’t need unearthing in this place. It is already here in me. My blue eyes are your blue eyes viewing all the life you lived and are still living in me.

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    I go home. I make a peanut butter sandwich — our favorite.

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    … If we’re all here prove we care about writing and reading, why the fuck are so many people writing self-help and what I call business self-help?

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    … If we’re all here prove we care about writing and reading, why the fuck are so many people writing self-help and what I call business self-help?

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    …example, recently: I was annoyed by a friend, felt disengaged at work, complained a lot and ordered half a dozen donuts from GrubHub for $18. All of these actions make me feel terrible — I should show compassion for my annoying friend; I sh…

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    …t work, complained a lot and ordered half a dozen donuts from GrubHub for $18. All of these actions make me feel terrible — I should show compassion for my annoying friend; I should be deeply focused at work; I should be …

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    What I realized when I woke up this morning was that my deeply human actions serve as a good reminder of what my values are and what I could stand to improve in my life. None of the behaviors I listed would have bothered me if I didn’t place powerful importance on kind…

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    … her status like candidate one. She didn’t even stop at demonstrating her value like candidate two. She actually created value specifically for him.

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    They use it in the absence of something better. But if you have something better, it trumps the degree immediately. Companies (especially HR departments) aren’t always super creati…

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    …ery much alive and in some cases even still young. (Full disclosure: I was there to see the opener, Dashboard Confessional, but Jenkins and Co. were way, way better.)

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    There’s no shame in nostalgia being the driving factor behind Third Eye Blind’s success and continued existence — few bands last this long without a defined Golden Era to trade upon and constantly relive. But th…

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    …would never occur to someone like Sunstein that it was even possible to find an alternative at all; consensus is the water to a fish. We don’t even know it’s there. Asking Sunstein to consider an alternative to the neoliberal economic consensus would be like asking him to find an alternative to the weather.

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    …ir and efficient, but put in practice needs correcting at the margins to avoid egregious imbalance. Left-neoliberalism therefore defines itself by the degree and nature of interference required to ensure fair outcomes — it is the Affordable Care Act.

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    Yes, capitalism by definition creates inequality; it reproduces inequality and misery through generations based on birth; but people have smartphones and penicillin.”

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    …s expressing itself in spats over details like messaging, and tactics, and emphasis, and personnel. But these skirmishes are getting nasty exactly because there is a big question left unresolved, an elephant in the room, the tackling of which will leave the combatants bloody and with little personal reward or esteem.

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    … white supremacy, and then hope that the conditions of your birth don’t determine your lot in life. Capitalism is the system through which society distributes wealth; it commodifies every aspect of human activity, and determines our individual values — it is the distribution channel that both patriarchy and white supremacy rely on to punish and rew…

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    … challenge. In fact this is something that the left, even left-neoliberals, understand intuitively; the idea that powerful elites stoke social issues” (“cling to their Bible and guns”) to insulate wealth from redistribution is a cornerstone of the liberal worldview. It is not a mistake that rather than turn their attention to capitalism itself, they instinctively …

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    Thinness does not always equal success, no matter how much that message is ingrained in our brains. Thinness might be the result of grieving for a loved one, of being ill, of being too stressed out t…

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    Thinness does not always equal success, no matter how much that message is ingrained in our brains. Thinness might be the result of grieving for a loved one, of being ill, of being too stressed out t…

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    …r country’s teacher preparation programs were on par with the world’s top-performing countries like Singapore and Finland, where admission into teacher education programs is extremely competitive and all the programs are …

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    … universal and rigorous bar that gauges mastery of subject-matter knowledge, much like the bar exam lawyers must take before they can enter the legal profession, and demonstrates competency in how to teach,”…

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    Correction: An earlier version of this essay stated the incorrect answer to the first math problem. The answer is D.

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    All bad writers are in love with the epic.” — Ernest Hemingway

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    Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.” — Isabel Allende

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    Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write.” — Joan Didion

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    A writer’s work is the product of laziness.” — Jorge Luís Borges

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    To make your life being a writer, it’s an auto-slavery … you are both the slave and the task-master.” — Susan Sontang

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    Or maybe for more exposure that would get me more offers to write for free.

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    I live on Social Security, $1205 per month. If I’d been paid one dollar for every read I’ve had on Medium I’d be (in my life)…

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    …t-bro shorthand…some women [treat] loves DFW as synonymous with is one of those motherfuckers’” (hi, it’s me). When conservative Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch cited Wallace in a hearing, The New Republic…

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    …ch a long period that they’ve mutated into deeply felt opinions about Wallace himself: namely, that he was an overly self-aware genius who needed a better editor and that I’d hate his writing.

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    …rallied against multinational beverage corporations, listened to The Mountain Goats, and told me to read Infinite Jest.

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    …e man, but many of my favorite books are about sad white women (The House of Mirth, White Oleander, The Yellow Wallpaper, The Torn Skirt). My issue with many self-indulgent works by white men (the ones I’ve read, the one…

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    Now, the male editor of this website has asked me to read Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and write about it for money. This I can relate to.

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    …f this website has asked me to read Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and write about it for money. This I can relate to.

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    …ing in an essay (as in the interviews, where the hideous men are the only characters we hear from). Either these Wallace-recommending men don’t realize that they’re the hideous men in question, or they think self-awareness is the best anyone could expect from them.

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    …ing in an essay (as in the interviews, where the hideous men are the only characters we hear from). Either these Wallace-recommending men don’t realize that they’re the hideous men in question, or they think self-awareness is the best anyone could expect from them.

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    …). Either these Wallace-recommending men don’t realize that they’re the hideous men in question, or they think self-awareness is the best anyone could expect from them.

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    …s I can tell, men are far less likely to idolize those authors, aspire to their cultural status, or blatantly copy their stylistic idiosyncrasies. More mundanely, I’ve never heard a woman express shock or horror on hearing that a man has never r…

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    It doesn’t get better. These feelings will increase over time. Someday you will break. We thought we were strong too, but we ended up transitioning. Delaying only makes it worse. It was this or suicide. We thought we could keep our transition private, but the need to present publicly became unbearable…

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    … for the rest of my life and living in a way that doesn’t feel at all desirable while bringing down scorn and ridicule on my head in the process.

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    Written in and unedited since 2000.

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    Every door
    was closed to me,
    no woman and no lover,
    to take my hand to comfort me
    to lead my heart to cover.

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    . . . weighed down with a load of designing dependents . . .

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    …female authors don’t have enough vocal proponents. My biggest takeaway from your article will be to recommend more female authors to everyone. If I must, I will do it over, and over, and over, and over, and over again until they finally read…


Date
May 30, 2022