August 29, 2014
"The best essays come from the moment in which people really need to work something out."

— Marilynne Robinson (via taylorbooks)

(Source: theparisreview, via taylorbooks)

August 28, 2014
"How strange it is. We have these deep terrible lingering fears about ourselves and the people we love. Yet we walk around, talk to people, eat and drink. We manage to function. The feelings are deep and real. Shouldn’t they paralyze us? How is it we can survive them, at least for a little while? We drive a car, we teach a class. How is it no one sees how deeply afraid we were, last night, this morning? Is it something we all hide from each other, by mutual consent? Or do we share the same secret without knowing it? Wear the same disguise?"

Don DeLillo, White Noise  (via wiltedbones)

(Source: 13neighbors, via poetsandwriters)

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August 27, 2014
vintageanchorbooks:

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."—from Little Foxes (1865) by Harriet Beecher Stowe

vintageanchorbooks:

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone."
—from Little Foxes (1865) by Harriet Beecher Stowe

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August 26, 2014
"

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.

"

— from The Joys and Sorrows of Teaching Literature by Rachel Cordasco (via bookriot)

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August 26, 2014
"

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.

"

Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra (via bookmania)

August 24, 2014
"One writes out of one thing only — one’s own experience. Everything depends on how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give. This is the only real concern of the artist, to recreate out of the disorder of life that order which is art."

— James Baldwin (via observando)

(via poetsandwriters)

August 23, 2014
explore-blog:

Happy birthday, Ray Bradbury! The beloved author on writing, emotion vs. intelligence, and the core of creativity.

explore-blog:

Happy birthday, Ray Bradbury! The beloved author on writing, emotion vs. intelligence, and the core of creativity.

(via poetsandwriters)

August 22, 2014
"Everything you do leaves traces, doesn’t it. The life you’ve lived is written all over you, for those who can read."

— ― Jo Nesbø, The Bat

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August 21, 2014
The Two Wolves

bibliophilemrh:

theyuniversity:

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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?

(via unemployed-librarian)

August 19, 2014

catagator:

These two pictures from the director of the Ferguson Public Library and the library’s instagram are also worth sharing. 

August 19, 2014
i-clone-celebrities:

library-lessons:

Or reading them, either.

I like this. A lot.

i-clone-celebrities:

library-lessons:

Or reading them, either.

I like this. A lot.

(via thelifeguardlibrarian)

August 19, 2014
How One Photographer Overcame His Fear of Death by Photographing It

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.”

August 16, 2014
"We all build internal sea walls to keep at bay the sadnesses of life and the often overwhelming forces within our minds. In whatever way we do this—through love, work, family, faith, friends, denial, alcohol, drugs, or medication, we build these walls, stone by stone, over a lifetime."

— Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind (via vintageanchorbooks)

August 16, 2014
"Anyone who thinks the status quo has triumphed over the need for change is probably a victim of wishful thinking."

Brian McLaren (via azspot)

(via azspot)

August 15, 2014
lakelander:

Key West sunrise special

lakelander:

Key West sunrise special

(via oldflorida)

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