Being poor, black, and accused of a crime in this country always increases a person’s chances of conviction. But here in Georgia—at the far end of the punishment spectrum where the stakes are highest—the right to counsel, and the funding so crucial to mounting a defense equal to that of the well-funded, well-resourced district attorney’s office, is in daily jeopardy. Indeed, justice is not necessarily the principal business of business-as-usual in the Georgia courts; justice is too expensive.
Karen Houppert, Chasing Gideon: The Elusive Quest for Poor People’s Justice
The only thing left will be the prose and poems, the books, what is written down. Man was very fortunate to have invented the book. Without it the past would completely vanish, and we would be left with nothing, we would be naked on earth.
The city seen from the Queensboro Bridge is always the city seen for the first time, in its first wild promise of all the mystery and the beauty in the world.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby