Category Archives: Modern Life

On Strong Female Characters

There’s a lot of noise about strong female characters. Here’s one in the flesh. 

In the key moment of the interview, Stewart asked her how she reacted when she learned that the Taliban wanted her dead. Her answer was absolutely remarkable:

I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’  But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’

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One of the more absurd ways a book quote of mine has ever been used. Also, I didn’t personally say this – a dog character in Elsewhere did.

Tuesday Hijinks, No. 8: You know you’re in Los Angeles when the cashier at the hotel gift shop gives you a handwritten list of her favorite documentaries. 

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, April 2012

Friday Nonsense #4: My new boyfriend is one-dimensional and he doesn’t look all that into me.