"Mr. Strachman nodded guiltily but pointed to his walls, which are strewed with seven huge American flags, dozens of appreciative letters, and snapshots of soldiers holding up their beloved DVDs. […] ‘Our downtime is spent watching movies as we clean our weapons,’ one handwritten note said." - Alan Schwarz
"Don’t get the wrong idea; it would be completely hypocritical of me to say that this movement is entirely bad. I love TED talks; they have the noble intention of spreading revolutionary ideas to a wide audience. I’m also a TV junkie, and I don’t read as much as I should. It’s the scary, negative consequences that worry me: Facebook as friendship porn, the commercialization of the music industry, and increasing use of stupid acronyms in conversation." - Richard Starr
"All the memories I had of him came flooding back with sudden clarity and it was both sad and amusing because we’re 15 years apart and there simply aren’t that many. One where he adopted a German shepherd from the pound and gave him to me for Christmas when I was 6. One where he took me to his favorite coffeehouse in DC, I was 15 and he made fun of my eyeliner. And one where he grinned broadly, endlessly, at his wedding as I recited a love poem and my stilettos sunk slowly into the wet grass." - Mila Jaroniec
I tried so hard to find a quotation that would neatly capture this article’s essence, but I couldn’t. Everyone who has a relationship with the Internet and is curious to delve into what that means exactly should read this.
"As he was dancing on the float, he noticed us and jokingly yelled, ‘What are you sorry for? It’s Pride!’ I pointed to our signs and watched him read them. […] Then he got it.
He stopped dancing. He looked at all of us standing there. A look of utter seriousness came across his face. And as the float passed us he jumped off of it and ran towards us. In all his sweaty beautiful abs of steal, he hugged me and whispered, ‘thank you.’ ” - Nathan Albert
"And so, if we can hang on, it will be in the twenty-fifties that the manners and meanings of the Obama era will be truly revealed: only then will we know our own essence. A small, attentive child, in a stroller on some Brooklyn playground or Minneapolis street, is already recording the stray images and sounds of this era: Michelle’s upper arms, the baritone crooning sound of NPR, people sipping lattes (which a later decade will know as poison) at 10 A.M.—manners as strange and beautiful as smoking in restaurants and drinking Scotch at 3 P.M. seem to us." - Adam Gopnik
"She turned instantly wary. Any time a conversation begins to sound remotely sincere, her guard goes up. It’s probably textbook for children of divorce. (What’s going on? What’s happening? Is my life about to change again? Aaagh!) I told her it was nothing bad, it wasn’t anything that was going to change her life or her living situation again. In fact, it wasn’t even about her, I explained. It was about me." - The Didactic Pirate
“I believe that there are many students whose time [at UofT] has been entirely depression-free, but I can’t say that I know too many of them personally. If that’s you, then I’m happy for you. But it doesn’t give you the right to project your privilege onto the rest of the school, and to take people to task for failing to be as happy as you are.” - Pauline Holdsworth
" ‘My cousin wears nail polish, too!’ said another student. Soon many students were eager to share examples of how people pushed the limits on gender. Our school engineer, Ms. Joan, drove a motorcycle. Jeremy liked to dance. I could see the gears turning in their brains as the gender lines started to blur." - Melissa Bollow Tempel
“There was no pretense, no awkward conversation or dancing around whether or not I should be attracted to somebody. There was no wondering if someone was straight or gay; there was no sexual orientation at all. We were just there, together, as ourselves.” - Conner Habib