“There is nothing I love more than watching someone use their freedom. I’ll coast in awkward transit, family meals, and acrid sex to get next to a freedom. I’ll fling myself at ordinary monsters if in the crevasse of the mistake I get next to a freedom.”

– Lauren Berlant, Cruel Optimism

“I realized that the truly awful thing about success is that it's held up all those years as the thing that would make everything all right. And the only thing that makes things even slightly bearable is a friend who knows what you're talking about.” 

– Eve Babitz, Slow Days, Fast Company

Forgotten Items listed in the Uber Lost & Found Index:

  1. 8 week old coffee-coloured Chihuaha

  2. Black faux fur neck cuff in a size large

  3. A photo of a New Years kiss

  4. 6 chicken tenders from 7 Eleven

  5. A black and white tuxedo for a small dog

  6. Professional grade hula hoop

  7. Salmon head

  8. A propane tank

  9. A tray of eggs

  10. A piece of parchment paper with sap on it

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“When I was an artist, I used to walk around feeling sorry for myself, always. Looked at every loft, every apartment. Hated everyone I saw. Everyone. Hated you if you had a better apartment. Hated you if you had more hair. Everyone had it better than me. Oh, I was cynical. I knew why she was getting this and he was getting that. I was eaten alive by this envy. I became my own obstacle.”

– Jerry Saltz (Art Critic)

“Stop worrying about your identity and concern yourself with the people you care about. Ideas that matter to you. Beliefs you can stand by. Intelligent people make these choices with their hearts and they make them alone. The world does not deliver meaning to you. You have to make it meaningful and decide what you need and want and must do. It is a tough, unimaginably lonely way to be in the world. But that’s the deal: you have to live. You can’t live by slogans, dead ideas, cliches, or national flags. Finding an identity is easy. It’s the easy way out.”

– Zadie Smith, On Beauty

“What else is there to do? To become the person someone else had imagined for us is not freedom – it is to mortgage our life to someone else’s fear. If we cannot at least imagine that we are free, we are living a life that is wrong for us”

The Cost of Living, Deborah Levy

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