“This is a place of bridges. Bridges to cross rivers and spillways and marshes and swamps. Bridges to make intersections where they would not otherwise exist. Strong bridges, rickety bridges, bridges spanning miles and feet. Bridges to connect people, those that want to be connected and those that don’t. Bridges don’t discriminate—they just cross over.”

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THE WATER WILL NEVER NOT BE HERE

“What I want you to know is that the water took more than property. The water took people, the water pulled them underwater or rushed them far away from home. The water took webs of community spun over decades, over generations and swept them completely away. The water was merciless. The water took it all. I want you to know that what was lost cannot be accounted for on insurance forms, what was lost cannot be measured out in FEMA funding. I want you to know that this is the kind of loss one never fully recovers from. I want you to know that we are not okay we are okay we are not okay. Some of us are more okay than others. Some of us are no longer here.”

GROWING FOR THE FUTURE

“Moore sees the work these kids are doing as the antidote to a planet suffering from climate change and a culture of greed. ‘The answer to climate change is food security. Right now, we are working backwards,” he says. “If you were the person in charge of remedying the world, you would know to get kids involved in food security issues. The younger, the better.”

ON BEYONCÉ, BENEDICT AND THE VOLITION OF WOMEN

“The only but essential difference in the expression of female sexuality between Beyoncé’s performance and Superbowl commercials featuring an attractive woman is the volition of the woman involved. The difference between deeming a woman’s exertion of her sexual power as acceptable or unacceptable seems to depend entirely upon whether or not an “other” is in control of the script.”

“The best writing makes us feel something, and it makes us feel something because we understand—through narrative, through language, through a connective thread between us and the story being told—what it means to be human.”