September 23, 2014
"Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor."

— from WALDEN, by Henry David Thoreau (via vintageanchorbooks)

September 22, 2014
"Inelegantly, and without my consent, time passed."

Miranda July  (via powerdoeswhatitwants)

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September 22, 2014
"The gas station attendant who wants to use his mind isn’t going to waste his time on international affairs, because that’s useless; he can’t do anything about it anyhow, and he might learn unpleasant things and even get into trouble. So he might as well do it where it’s fun, and not threatening — professional football or basketball or something like that. But the skills are being used and the understanding is there and the intelligence is there. One of the functions that things like professional sports play, in our society and others, is to offer an area to deflect people’s attention from things that matter, so that the people in power can do what matters without public interference."

Noam Chomsky (via azspot)

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September 21, 2014

"Being judgmental is a grab for fake power. When we judge someone and deem them less than we are, we get a little hit of superiority. Other ways to feel a blast of temporary power are to blaze through a to-do list, do an intense workout or yoga practice, or spend a little money. We’ll feel powerful—until we run up against a challenge, or run out of money, or lose our physical mojo for some reason."

- David Harshada Wagner

September 20, 2014
"I read in order to write. I read out of obsession with writing."

Cynthia Ozick (via theparisreview)

September 19, 2014
strandbooks:

More from Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff, page 168.

strandbooks:

More from Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff, page 168.

September 18, 2014
"How do you just stop being terrified of getting left behind and ending up by yourself forever and not meaning anything to the world?"

John Green, An Abundance of Katherines (via bookmania)

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September 17, 2014
"Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future."

— Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (via larmoyante)

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September 16, 2014
vintageanchorbooks:

“Women were brought up to believe that men were the answer. They weren’t. They weren’t even one of the questions. ” ― Julian Barnes, A History of the World in 10½ Chapters

vintageanchorbooks:

“Women were brought up to believe that men were the answer. They weren’t. They weren’t even one of the questions. ” 
― Julian BarnesA History of the World in 10½ Chapters

September 15, 2014
"Learn to live on air… Avoid all messy and needy people including family; they threaten your work… Once you’ve truly begun, slow down. The difference between publishing two good books and forty mediocre books is terribly large."

— Sarah Manguso’s advice to young writers on how to have a career, in Work in Progress (via fsgbooks)

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September 14, 2014
"It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it. Life is long enough, and a sufficiently generous amount has been given to us for the highest achievements if it were all well invested. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realize that it has passed away before we knew it was passing. So it is: we are not given a short life but we make it short, and we are not ill-supplied but wasteful of it… Life is long if you know how to use it."

Seneca (via azspot)

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September 13, 2014
Study: Science and religion really are enemies after all

September 13, 2014
Margaret Sanger's Bold, Gutsy Response to a 1929 Raid on a Birth Control Clinic

September 13, 2014
americasgreatoutdoors:

Photo from the west side of May Lake in Yosemite National Park.Photo: National Park Service

americasgreatoutdoors:

Photo from the west side of May Lake in Yosemite National Park.

Photo: National Park Service

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September 12, 2014
"Critics appear to be addressing themselves to works other than those I remember writing."

Joyce Carol Oates (via theparisreview)

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