Category: Sherman Alexie

Yes, I am Irish and Indian, which would be the…

Yes, I am Irish and Indian, which would be the coolest blend in the world if my parents were around to teach me how to be Irish and Indian. But they’re not here and haven’t been for years, so I’m not really Irish or Indian. I am a blank sky, a human solar eclipse.

Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you…

Poverty doesn’t give you strength or teach you lessons about perseverance. No, poverty only teaches you how to be poor.

Grief is when you feel so helpless and stupid …

Grief is when you feel so helpless and stupid that you think nothing will ever be right again, and your macaroni and cheese tastes like sawdust, and you can’t even jerk off because it seems like too much trouble.

If it’s fiction, then it better be true.

If it’s fiction, then it better be true.

I realized that, sure, I was a Spokane Indian….

I realized that, sure, I was a Spokane Indian. I belonged to that tribe. But I also belonged to the tribe of American immigrants. And to the tribe of basketball players. And to the tribe of bookworms. And the tribe of cartoonists. And the tribe of chronic masturbators. And the tribe of teenage boys. And the tribe of small-town kids. And the tribe of Pacific Northwesterners. And the tribe of tortilla chips-and-salsa lovers. And the tribe of poverty. And the tribe of funeral-goers. And the tribe of beloved sons. And the tribe of boys who really missed their best friends. It was a huge realization. And that’s when I knew that I was going to be okay.

We all have to find our own ways to say good-b…

We all have to find our own ways to say good-bye.

Do you understand how amazing it is to hear th…

Do you understand how amazing it is to hear that from an adult? Do you know how amazing it is to hear that from anybody? It’s one of the simplest sentences in the world, just four words, but they’re the four hugest words in the world when they’re put together: You can do it.

We sat there in silence. A masculine silence. …

We sat there in silence. A masculine silence. Thick and strong. Oh, I’m full of shit. We were terrified and clueless.

There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We al…

There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away.

I used to think the world was broken down by t…

I used to think the world was broken down by tribes… By Black and White. By Indian and White. But I know this isn’t true. The world is only broken into two tribes: the people who are assholes and the people who are not.