"The world needs you. It doesn’t need you at a party having read a book about how to appear smart at parties. These books exist and they’re tempting, but resist falling into that trap. The world needs you at the party starting real conversations, saying ‘I don’t know’ and being kind."
"everybody knows the “web” as it used, quaintly, to be called, exists to contain obscenities or excesses of feeling we don’t know what else to do with"
"dead young women artists and dead women artists of any age are a problem because it has always been easier for this culture to love their artworks when they, the women, are not alive to interfere with our relations with them, and her precocity was and remains a problem because of its completeness and because precocity is also always resented and dismissed, and she is a problem because it has historically been too easy to praise what is dead and too difficult to nurture what lives"