September 2, 2014
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If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens, reading those writers … becomes a source of unbelievable joy. It’s like eating candy for the soul.

And I sometimes have a hard time understanding how people who don’t have that in their lives make it through the day.

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David Foster Wallace (via forcingit)

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September 2, 2014

"You see, I have never felt the need to invent a world beyond this world, for this world has always seemed large and beautiful enough for me. I have wondered why it is not large and beautiful enough for others — why they must dream up new and marvelous spheres, or long to live elsewhere, beyond this dominion … but that is not my business. We are all different, I suppose."

- Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things

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September 1, 2014
vintageanchorbooks:

"At a Koch Foods poultry plant in Tennessee, the managers were so intent on keeping the line running all out that Antonia Lopez Paz and the other workers who carved off chicken tenders were ordered not to go to the bathroom except during their lunch and coffee breaks. When one desperate woman asked permission to go, her supervisor took off his hard hat and said, “You can go to the bathroom in this.” Some women ended up soiling themselves."—from “The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker” By Steven Greenhouse. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/AVdFF

vintageanchorbooks:

"At a Koch Foods poultry plant in Tennessee, the managers were so intent on keeping the line running all out that Antonia Lopez Paz and the other workers who carved off chicken tenders were ordered not to go to the bathroom except during their lunch and coffee breaks. When one desperate woman asked permission to go, her supervisor took off his hard hat and said, “You can go to the bathroom in this.” Some women ended up soiling themselves."
—from “The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker” By Steven Greenhouse. Read an excerpt here: http://ow.ly/AVdFF

September 1, 2014
"If the moon smiled, she would resemble you.
You leave the same impression
Of something beautiful, but annihilating."

— Sylvia Plath (via moonrituals)

(Source: goodreads.com, via poetsandwriters)

August 31, 2014
vintageanchorbooks:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born today in 1749.
"If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be." 
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

vintageanchorbooks:

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born today in 1749.

"If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be." 

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

August 30, 2014
"You don’t necessarily have to do anything once you acknowledge your privilege. You don’t have to apologize for it. You need to understand the extent of your privilege, the consequences of your privilege, and remain aware that people who are different from you move through and experience the world in ways you might never know anything about. They might endure situations you can never know anything about. You could, however, use that privilege for the greater good—to try to level the playing field for everyone, to work for social justice, to bring attention to how those without certain privileges are disenfranchised. We’re seen what the hoarding of privilege has done, and the results are shameful."

— Roxane Gay, “Peculiar Benefits” from Bad Feminist (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

August 30, 2014
"I think the first thing—if you want to be a writer—the first thing you need to do is write. Which sounds like an obvious piece of advice. But so many people have this feeling they want to be a writer and they love to read but they don’t actually write very much. The main part of being a writer, though, is being profoundly alone for hours on end, uninterrupted by email or friends or children or romantic partners and really sinking into the work and writing. That’s how I write. That’s how writing gets done."

Redeemed, Amitava Kumar interviews Cheryl Strayed - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics (via guernicamag)

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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
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"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
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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.

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

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August 26, 2014
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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.

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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)

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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.

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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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