— Marilynne Robinson (via taylorbooks)
— Don DeLillo, White Noise (via wiltedbones)
"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
—from Little Foxes (1865) by Harriet Beecher Stowe
What I’m trying to say is, teaching what I love wasn’t the dream I thought it would be. I learned to come down to the level of reality when necessary, and navigate the different spheres of my life according to my responsibilities. Even at my most frustrated moment, though, my love of reading never waned. And now that I’m fortunate enough to have time to read each day (without it being the middle of the night), my joy has only increased with the contemporary writers whom I’ve finally discovered for myself.
So even if you don’t become an English teacher, you can still teach literature by bombarding friends and family with your thoughts on the books you love and authors you admire. You can start a bookish blog or write for one. You can write your own novels. You can do whatever you want. As long as you keep reading."
For those who are not frightened by the solitude, everything will have a different taste…
In solitude, they will learn that saying ‘No’ does not always show a lack of generosity and that saying ‘Yes’ is not always a virtue."
— James Baldwin (via observando)
Happy birthday, Ray Bradbury! The beloved author on writing, emotion vs. intelligence, and the core of creativity.
— ― Jo Nesbø, The Bat
Read this years ago and immediately connected with it. I believe the lesson can be applied to so many parts of my life. Which one do I feed?
Or reading them, either.I like this. A lot.
This photo series is about death and contains images of people before and after they’ve died. As a child growing up in Munich toward the end of World War II, Walter Schels was greatly affected by death, having witnessed the casualties of air raids. “I was afraid of death and coffins…
Wolfgang Kotzahn: “I had never contemplated death at all. … I’m surprised that I have come to terms with it fairly easily. Now I’m lying here waiting to die. But each day that I have I savour, experiencing life to the full. I never paid any attention to clouds before. Now I see everything from a totally different perspective: every cloud outside my window, every flower in the vase. Suddenly, everything matters.”
— Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind (via vintageanchorbooks)
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