It’s dark because you are trying too hard.
Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.
I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig.
Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me.
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.
No rhetoric, no tremolos,
no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell.
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.
So throw away your baggage and go forward.
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
That’s why you must walk so lightly.
Lightly my darling,
on tiptoes and no luggage,
not even a sponge bag,
I wrote about Woody Allen for the Medium, and why it’s important not to separate the art from the artist.
This topic is obviously very complex, and for many is more layered that a single person’s opinion, but that’s all I can offer, so take this for what you will. All I know is that art does not exist in a vacuum—it changes when the context changes—and when it comes to support, we repeatedly owe women more than we give.
— Mara Wilson (via s-stevens)
(1) The LA Race Riots that began after the Rodney King verdict, on Wednesday April 29, 1992.
(2) The final episode of “The Cosby Show”, which aired at the peek of the riots on Thursday April 30, 1992.
(3) Rodney King’s body is found at the bottom of a swimming pool, on Sunday June 17, 2012