You Are What You Settle For

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All of this brings me to the purpose of this post.  Today, I read a piece about Janet Joplin’s final interview with Howard Smith of The Village Voice on September 30, 1970, just four days before her death.  Part of the article incorporated an animated video, crafted around and using a tape of the interview as its “score.” I’m embedding the animated video below. I love Joplin’s attitude…it is so honest and so free of bravado…and especially her words: You are what you settle for.”

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"Love not what you are but what you may become."― Miguel de Cervantes
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3 Responses to You Are What You Settle For

  1. I think you’ve got it, Carol!

  2. Carol Morgan says:

    I think that Janet Joplin is kind of channeling Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln’s quote is “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be”….

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