Tramping across country is out of date in America.
Now, they’re vamping across country. Girls, of course. Classified by the police as “wanderlust flappers,” most of them are young women making from all points of the compass for Hollywood and fame.
Too poor to pay their train fare, they are not too proud to beg a lift from passing cars. Chief assets are a bright but piteous smile, a story of a car which broke down, and a handbag containing spare stockings and a complete beauty outfit.
Armed with these, girl hoboes (tramps) vamp their way from car to car for thousands of miles.
— 1928 ‘Wanderlust Flappers.’, The Mail (Adelaide, SA : 1912 - 1954), 14 January, p. 23, viewed 6 September, 2013, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article58551161 (via maybestreet)
"As a jealous man, I suffer four times over: because I am jealous, because I blame myself for being so, because I fear that my jealousy will wound the other, because I allow myself to be subject to a banality: I suffer from being excluded, from being aggressive, from being crazy, and from being common."
— Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments (via kateoplis)
“The dilemma that women writers encounter in their project of telling the other side of the story clearly has affinities with the debate over sexual difference currently preoccupying feminist theorists on both sides of the Atlantic. [fn 11] On one hand, the woman writer is often working explicitly from the recognition that received notions of plot, character, sequence, and even the grammatical structures in which these notions are received presume a dichotomy of same/other that institutes and preserves sexual difference within a binary schema of dominant and muted values. On the other hand, her attempts to overthrow or evade the terms of her inherited tradition are liable to be co-opted by these same terms, so that resistance is reinscribed as the failure inherent in the very concept of feminine literary endeavor.
[fn11: The issue is probably the most fundamental and certainly the most controversial in feminist theory over the past ten years. On one hand, any privileging of the differences between subjects gendered masculine and subjects gendered feminine threatens to turn into wholesale acceptance of the cultural stereotypes that institute and maintain sexism. On the other hand, insisting on a lack of difference between masculine and feminine subjects threatens to assimilate everyone to a masculine system of values— to what Luce Irigaray perceptively calls the economy of the Same]” (7)
— Molly Hite, The Other Side of the Story: Structures and Strategies of Contemporary Feminist Narrative. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1989.
"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."
— Mark Twain (via kateoplis)