“Most references to director, writer and actress Desiree Akhavan place a neat three-word descriptor by her name: bisexual Iranian American, often followed by the words ‘the next Lena Dunham’.” But being young, female, and a writer/director/actress is where the similarities end.
“Boys don’t want to go in a class with girls where they end up being the only boy in the ballet class.”
“Amazon looks so good because it has the rest of publishing to compete against. But if those publishers wither, maybe that would not be true.”
“Our footwork certainly wasn’t ballet-grade, but each stride, dip and turn eased the tension and hinted at the skeleton of a more complex work of choreography crafted by the Dutch National Ballet.”
“‘Don’t understand why life takes beautiful people away,’ Haden said, his voice shaking and struggling against a question that ultimately hangs over all of us. ‘Beautiful people give of themselves.'”
“Making feature documentaries is incredibly hard. You either have to have a massive trust fund or take this existential risk. You can’t have a family. You can’t have a mortgage. The idea that you could turn a 10-minute film on a Swedish arts programme into an Oscar-winning documentary, it’s either folly or extraordinary bravery.”
“When you highlight books on your Kindle, when you highlight a sentence that you particularly like, Amazon is keeping track of that – I’m not sure everyone knows that – and Amazon records what five sentences in a book are the most commonly highlighted.”
“No program indicated that these images should be captured. Rather, a person — often, with a DSLR you could buy at a store — saw something on the surface that caught their attention, focused the camera, and took a picture.”