Who knows what form the forward momentum of life will take in the time ahead or what use it will make of our anguished searching. The most that any one of us can seem to do is to fashion something—an object or ourselves—and drop it into the confusion, make an offering of it, so to speak, to the life force.

Ernest Becker, from “the Denial of Death” (via blackartchicago)

Societies are never able to examine, to overhaul themselves: this effort must be made by that yeast which every society cunningly and unfailingly secretes. This ferment, this disturbance, is the responsibility, and the necessity, of writers. It is, alas, the truth that to be an American writer today means mounting an unending attack on all that Americans believe themselves to hold sacred. It means fighting an astute and agile guerrilla warfare with that American complacency which so inadequately masks the American panic.

James Baldwin, “As Much Truth As One Can Bear” (via sonofbaldwin)

Upcoming Chicago Performance Saturday, July 19: City of Big Dreams

Upcoming Chicago Performance Saturday, July 19: City of Big Dreams

City of Big Dreams

City of Big Dreams

The Simple Good and The Gala present “City of Big Dreams” – a collaborative pop-up showcase uniting five different mediums of art under a single inspiration, “the simple good of Chicago.”

The evening will debut an original piece, featuring Chicago’s own Grammy-Award Winning Spoken Word Artist/MC Malik Yusef, and Chicago’s own International Street Artist, Czr Prz, uniting with Reggie Eldridge…

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