From the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC)* of Laurie Halse Anderson’s new book WINTERGIRLS:
“It’s crazy. I can do anything.”
“Right. Sure.” I laugh and accidentally drink some hot chocolate. “Like what?”
“Where should I start? Poet, philosopher, fisherman. My pop calls me a bum, but that’s elitist, don’t you think?”
From THE GERMAN IDEOLOGY, which contains the first systematic statement of historical materialism, by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels:
In communist society, where nobody has one exclusive sphere of activity but each can become accomplished in any branch he wishes, society regulates the general production and thus makes it possible for me to do one thing today and another tomorrow, to hunt in the morning, fish in the afternoon, rear cattle in the evening, criticise after dinner, just as I have a mind, without ever becoming hunter, fisherman, herdsman or critic.
* Because this is an ARC, don’t take the quote as gospel; they are still correcting the final book. (Or, they were; WINTERGIRLS comes out today.) Penguin has distributed about 80 trillion ARCs of this book to build buzz, and it’s working; watch me blog it all week long next week, most likely.