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“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft, and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination.”
“... I am fully aware of what the word 'fat' means ... It's a swear word. It's a weapon. It's a sociological subspecies. It's an accusation, dismissal, and rejection.”
“In my family, my fat family, none of us ever say the word 'fat.' 'Fat' is the word you hear shouted on the playground or in the street — it's never allowed over the threshold of the house. My mum won't have that filth in her house. At home together, we are safe. ... There will be no harm to our feelings here because we never acknowledge fat exists. We never refer to our size. We are the elephants in the room.”
“... as I go first one and then two weeks over my due date, I feel like a failed shaman pointing my staff at the sky, shouting 'Behold! The rain!' as the crops continue to wither in the fields and the womenfolk wail.”
Caitlin Moran, English broadcaster, TV critic, columnist, writer