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Obama's Reading Habits: Lush Life, Invisible Man,... →
For the most part I establish a loose plan for the year that dips into unread...– Buzz Poole’s Year In Reading (via millionsmillions)
I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t remember what I did before...– P. G. Wodehouse (via theparisreview) Insta-Wodehouse reblog, of course. (via millionsmillions)
NY Times Best Books of 2011 →
nypl: We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you the latest news about Karen Russell, 2009 Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellow… Karen’s critically acclaimed novel Swamplandia (which can be found at the Library) was just selected as a best book of 2011 by the New York Times! Swamplandia has been making the rounds of late and is in development to become an HBO Comedy...
You are so young; you stand for beginnings. I would like to beg of you, dear...– Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet (via ruefle)
I resolved to read as much as I wrote, to slowly but surely fill my shelves with...– The Little Room of Danger and Depth by Nigel Featherstone (via millionsmillions)
It’s funny. All you have to do is say something nobody understands and they’ll...– J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye (via pavorst)
He felt persistently that the girl was beautiful — then of a sudden he...– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned. (via madeofglass-)
Joan Didion & Sloane Crosley
nypl: These two wonderful essayists joined LIVE from the NYPL on Monday. If you missed it, check out the interview online. C’mon, it’s the Wednesday before Thanksgiving - you’re not really working, are you? Here’s the link: http://fora.tv/2011/11/21/Joan_Didion_in_Conversation_with_Sloane_Crosley
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Top 10 Literary Cities! →
I’ve always known I have to visit Edinburgh, and now I know why…
Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at...– Abraham Lincoln (via pavorst)
War is what happens when language fails.– Margaret Atwood (via pavorst)
With a gun barrel between your teeth, you speak only in vowels.– Narrator (via thevagabondking)
Before You Know
“По России мчится тройка — Мишка, Райка, перестройка!” Remember that? I read an article a bit after leaving Russia, and for whatever reason, the fact that they quoted this little kid-rhyme really stuck with me. It has this wonderful lightness to it, but also a bit of obstinacy, impulse, maybe even danger. Before we knew, but when we probably already knew, that everything was...
Sexual desire is not a desire for sensations. It is a desire for a person: and I...– Roger Scruton (via graffitiesprit)
It is a good lesson - though it may often be a hard one - for a man… to step...– Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter (via bookmania)
Memories of Corporate Awfulness
“This presentation doesn’t grip me. What else did you come up with?” “Well, I had to memorize the presentation, Robert, and it took a long time to build the swan.” ~The Office
“When you imagine a character, you lend him or her some of your personal memories. You give part of yourself to character number one and another part to character number two.” ~Umberto Eco on writing