“What does belonging mean? It means feeling safe, it means feeling accepted. It has nothing to do with what country you were born in or your parents were born in. The easiest way to feel safe is to offer patience, offer help. When we do this, we’re forced to step out of ourselves, and we’re reminded that the world is greater than our imagination.”

—Author Akhil Sharma (Family Life,2014, etc.) offers an American immigrant’s perspective on belonging on PBS NewsHour



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“[W]hat we call for always is peace. We’ve called always for justice. What we’ve called for always is dignity.”Patrisse Cullors

—Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, co-author of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, on NBC News



 “I expect and hope they’ll truly learn from this. I want them to know that comments like that aren’t acceptable even in private committee meetings, about anyone, whether or not they've worked with them as long as I have. I hope they make some real changes in how they look at who deserves a public spot with them. I hope they grow."

—Writer and activist Sarah Hollowell on the Midwest Writers Workshop, whose executive committee members were called out, by Roxane Gay, on Twitter, for using/condoning fatphobic language in considering Hollowell for a new role with the organization, at Bustle


“We will not allow any president to achieve by intimidation what our Constitution precludes him or her from achieving in court. We need to respond strongly for Michael Wolff and his book, but also for all authors and all their books, now and in the future. And as citizens we must demand that President Trump understand and abide by the First Amendment of our Constitution.”

—Macmillan CEO John Sargent in a Jan. 8 memo to Macmillan employees (obtained by the Associated Press) regarding the cease and desist order issued by President Donald Trump’s legal counsel against Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House


Michael Wolff “I would have been perfectly happy to have written a contrarian book about how interesting and potentially hopeful and novel Trump-as-president was. I would have written a positive Trump book. And I thought it would be a fun thing to do—an audacious way to look at the world. But then I got in there and I thought, ‘Oh my God.’ Day after day it just seemed that this guy was more dysfunctional.”—Michael Wolff in the Hollywood Reporter

Megan Labrise writes “Field Notes” and features for Kirkus Reviews and is the co-host of the Kirkus podcast, Fully Booked. The photo of Patrisse Kahn-Cullors above is courtesy of Curtis Moore; the image of Michael Wolff at right is by David Bailey.