These people who can see right through you never quite do you justice, because they never give you credit for the effort you’re making to be better than you actually are, which is difficult and well meant and deserving of some little notice.
I’m rereading Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead for approximately the 74th time and marveling all over again.
But whereas being a female reporter was once synonymous with tenacity, superior intellect, and wit, today’s fictional female reporter serves as shorthand for new media reporter/blogger: young, naïve, and morally bankrupt.
It is a Medieval bullying stick the bishops used to keep control over people and to keep the voices of women silent. I am way beyond letting octogenarian men tell us how to live our lives.
Rosemarie Smead, age 70, on the threat of excommunication from the Catholic church after a dissident group ordained her a priest.