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Charles M. Blow

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New York Times columnist and television commentator. Former graphics director of the Times and art director of National Geographic magazine. Graduate of Grambling State University. Father of three amazing children. Resident of Brooklyn.

Kirkus says of #FireShutUpInMyBones: “Blow masterfully evokes the sights, sounds and smells of rough-and-tumble, backwater Louisiana." It goes on to call the book a well-written, often poetic memoir.“ Read the full review here.
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"The New York Times commentator shares his path out of poverty in his new memoir, Fire Shut Up in My Bones, which describes his childhood in segregated, rural Louisiana." ...More

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“There is no wrong time to do the right thing.”
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“One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.”
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“Trump’s America is not America: not today’s or tomorrow’s, but yesterday’s.

Trump’s America is brutal, perverse, regressive, insular and afraid. There is no hope in it; there is no light in it. It is a vast expanse of darkness and desolation.

And that is a vision of America that most of the people in this country cannot and will not abide.”
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“You don’t have to dumb it down, but you do have to sum it up.”
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“I say, seeking to diminish the human dignity of another whose only crime is not loving whom you would have him or her love is immoral and an offense to the indomitable determination of the heart.”
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“Children can’t see their budding lives through the long lens of wisdom – the wisdom that benefits from years passed, hurdles overcome, strength summoned, resilience realized, selves discovered and accepted, hearts broken but mended and love experienced in the fullest, truest majesty that the word deserves. For them, the weight of ridicule and ostracism can feel crushing and without the possibility of reprieve. And, in that dark and lonely place, desperate and confused, they can make horrible decisions that can’t be undone.”
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“Voter apathy is a civic abdication.”
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“Our politics are overrun with characters acting at the behest of shadows.”
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