July 23, 2019

We can destroy what we have written, but we cannot unwrite it.

Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange

exaggerated events

July 23, 2019

Gothic narratives pivot upon anxieties about selfhood and entrapment, represented through bizarre or exaggerated events that may or may not be explained as manifestations of the (typically) female central character’s troubled imagination.

Roberta Rubenstein, House Mothers and Haunted Daughters: Shirley Jackson and Female Gothic

We as women are trained to see ourselves as cheap imitations of fashion photographs, rather than seeing fashion photographs as cheap imitations of women.

Naomi Wolf
The Beauty Myth

read furtively

July 23, 2019

One of the main (social) functions of a journal or diary is precisely to be read furtively by other people, the people (like parents + lovers) about whom one has been cruelly honest only in the journal.

Susan Sontag
Undated Journal entry