While Americans have heard of Darfur and think we should be doing more there, they aren't actually angry at the president about inaction— Nicholas D. Kristof
Sensual American Literature quotations
Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority.
I've been as bad an influence on American literature as anyone I can think of.
I will tell you something about stories .
. . They aren't just entertainment. Don't be fooled. They are all we have, you see, all we have to fight off illness and death.
Great literature is simply language charged with meaning to the utmost possible degree.
All that happens is that the destruction of human beings - unless they're Americans - is called collateral damage.
As a young writer, I was on guard against the Latina in me, the Spanish in me because as far as I could see the models that were presented to me did not include my world. In fact, 'I was told by one teacher in college that one could only write poetry in the language in which one first said Mother. That left me out of American literature, for sure.
The American soldier is quick in adapting himself to a new mode of living.
Outfits which have been here only three days have dug vast networks of ditches three feet deep in the bare brown earth. They have rigged up a light here and there with a storage battery.
What if the American people woke up and understood that the official reasons for going to war are almost always based on lies and promoted by war propaganda in order to serve special interests.
I don't like political poetry, and I don't write it.
If this question was pointing towards that, I think it is missing the point of the American tradition, which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes out of politically active writers.
All I try to do is portray Indians as we are, in creative ways.
With imagination and poetry. I think a lot of Native American literature is stuck in one idea: sort of spiritual, environmentalist Indians. And I want to portray everyday lives. I think by doing that, by portraying the ordinary lives of Indians, perhaps people learn something new.
Theatre for a New Audience is one of America's most admirable and exciting theatre companites...some of the best acted and directed work to be found on American stages, engaging with the canon of world dramatic literature in a vigorous way.
All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.
Tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.
Our American professors like their literature clear and cold and pure and very dead.
The greatest public health threat for many American women is the men they live with.
As an undergraduate I majored in British and American literature at Rice University.
There seems to be this sense among even well-meaning Americans that Africa is this black hole of murder and mutilation that can never be fixed, no matter what aid is brought in.
My greatest influence has been the blues.
And that's a literary influence, because I think the blues is the best literature that we as black Americans have.
Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from things she found in gift shops.
It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.
By the mid 1920s the typical American town was in full sexual bloom.
The change came with erotic fashions, literature and movies, and an unsuspected sexual aid, the automobile.
To a true-blue professor of literature in an American university, literature is not something that a plain human being, living today, painfully sits down to produce. No; it is something dead.
Jerome Charyn is one of the most important writers in American literature and one of only three now writing whose work makes me truly happy to be a reader.
The women of the South have brought into American literature a unique mixture of domesticity and grotesquerie.
Magic Realism is not new. The label's new, the specific Latin American form of it is new, its modern popularity is new, but it's been around as long as literature has been around.
All men are lonely. But sometimes it seems to me that we Americans are the loneliest of all. Our hunger for foreign places and new ways has been with us almost like a national disease. Our literature is stamped with a quality of longing and unrest, and our writers have been great wanderers.
American literature has never been content to be just one among the many literatures of the Western World. It has always aspired to be the literature not only of a new continent but of a New World.
Take the time to discover how African-Americans have had a great impact on this country. In science, education, literature, art, and politics.
Modern American literature was born in protest, born in rebellion, born out of the sense of loss and indirection which was imposed upon the new generations out of the realization that the old formal culture-the "New England idea"-could no longer serve.
To the European immigrant - that is, to the aliens who have been converted into Americans by the advantages of American life - the Promise of America has consisted largely in the opportunity which it offered of economic independence and prosperity.
The first phase of American political history was characterized by the conflict between the Federalists and the Republicans, and it resulted in the complete triumph of the latter.
The higher American patriotism, on the other hand, combines loyalty to historical tradition and precedent with the imaginative projection of an ideal national Promise.
Why can't we simply borrow what is useful to us from Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, especially Zen, as we borrow from Christianity, science, American Indian traditions and world literature in general, including philosophy, and let the rest go hang? Borrow what we need but rely principally upon our own senses, common sense and daily living experience.
The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no background.
Nothing could be more inappropriate to American literature than its English source since the Americans are not British in sensibility.
I like contemporary American literature and I like biographies and I like jazz and I like baseball and I like writers who write about the human condition and sci-fi is just something that I happened into.
Maya Angelou, the famous African American poet, historian, and civil rights activist who is hailed be many as one of the great voices of contemporary literature, believes a struggle only makes a person stronger.