My reading journey through 2020

“…the best we can do is to try to align ourselves with what we feel is right and construct some meaning out of our confusion, and with grace and nerve play at each moment the hand we’re dealt.”

— Barack Obama, A Promised Land

“Dignity was a luxury in a fight with Lyndon Johnson, a luxury too expensive to afford.”

— Robert Caro, The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Means of Ascent

“The people did not cross the turnstiles of customs at Ellis Island.

They were already citizens.

But where they came from, they were not treated as such.”

— Isabel Wilkerson, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

“You know the difference between news and gossip, don’t you?

News tells you what people did. Gossip tells you how much they enjoyed it.”

— Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”

— Greg McKeown, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

“Infill might be smarter, greener, and cheaper to service, but sprawl means building houses where people aren’t, and infill means building houses where people are.”

— Conor Dougherty, Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

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