"Turn off the t.v. and read. Read lots of books, all sorts of books- poetry and fiction, books about Africa, the Middle East, American history, individuals who have done great things and terrible things, the environment, women around the world. Then find people with whom to discuss the new and startling ideas that begin to percolate in your brain. Who knows what will happen next? You might find yourself at a demonstration or running for the school board. You might start to like someone who always seemed weird before. You might save a street or a salt marsh or a person. All because of a book."
Katha Pollitt (poet, essayist and critic).