Teju Cole

Teju Cole

  “Everybody reads, but I read like a maniac. I go deep down inside the text and bind it into my heart so that it has an influence on my own writing. When I write a piece, I am making myself so close to the language that it is super...
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Susan Polgar

Susan Polgar

  “People truly believed it was impossible for women to play good chess or become a grandmaster. They really were convinced that because no other woman had done it before me it was impossible. But I learned chess quickly and it became part of my mission.”   If you love a good tale about women...
Andy Gill

Andy Gill

  “One of the things that isn’t right about music at the moment is that it’s often too backward looking and referential. I think people should be looking to invent new things.” He’s been called the post-punk Hendrix. For like his acid-induced predecessor, the spiky, sporadic sounds that reverberated from Andy Gill’s guitar influenced a...
Oluchi Orlandi

Oluchi Orlandi

  “I’m not doing charity because it looks good on my resume. I want to give people an opportunity to work. That’s what the continent needs.”         Meeting a supermodel is intimidating. But sometimes you just have to tell yourself “we’re all African” and go for it. And so, with my questions and...
Sam Childers

Sam Childers

“If you got good people having weapons, then it’s a good thing. If you have bad people having weapons, then it’s a bad thing. In countries that have outlawed guns around the world, it’s a proven fact that only outlaws have them.”     Years before the most viral video of all time, KONY 2012,...
Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean

“For a kid, having a Halloween birthday really makes you feel unique, and being a red-head, you are unique…From the time I could think about who I was, I felt that I was not like everyone else.”      Only Halloween could birth one of history’s most successful red-headed writers. With a knack for quirky,...
Jim Jinkins

Jim Jinkins

“I’m happy to have been a pre-computer kid…There was a whole lot of down time when we had to entertain ourselves, and I think that’s what helped me think of these stories.”   An awkward edge around love interests. A wild imagination. A desire to fit in. A penchant for adventure. There is something we...

Cory Doctorow

“L. Ron Hubbard does not have the neurological excuse for the declining quality of his work. I think it can only be attributed to the fact that he was a colossal asshole.”   Cory Doctorow attended four universities but never completed a degree. Today, the Toronto native is a wildly successful sci-fi writer, journalist, and...

Charles Bowden

  “I got messages, threats, delivered two or three times. You never take those seriously. The people who are going to kill you don’t send messages, they send bullets.”     Patagonia, Arizona boasts one the best bird watching experiences in the world. It’s a place American writer Charles Bowden loves to frequent. When I reach him by...

Jane Goodall

“When everybody laughed at me for wanting to go to Africa and live with animals, my mother always said, ‘If you really want something and never give up you’ll always find a way.’”       Every time Jane Goodall delivers a speech she always begins with a chimpanzee greeting. Regardless of her audience –...
Jill Greenberg

Jill Greenberg

    “Political art, or any art, that has a message isn’t going to fix anything, but it might remind people that these things are out there.”     Few artists get to toggle a line between working for the man and working against the man. Photographer Jill Greenberg, however, has built a career around...