Finally gave in and read this - I had procrastinated because usually I do not care for vampire books, but this one had so many good reviews that I fin...moreFinally gave in and read this - I had procrastinated because usually I do not care for vampire books, but this one had so many good reviews that I finally tried it. Luckily it was fast paced (unlike Anne Rice, for instance) and had some humor. I loved her descriptions of the northwest as being "too green, like an alien planet." The variation of vampires is interesting, but I have to admit that I was rooting for the main character to spend more time with the normal people!!(less)
You can actually read this online in many languages. It is a quick read, and was originally intended for children, but has some nice depth to it. I ha...moreYou can actually read this online in many languages. It is a quick read, and was originally intended for children, but has some nice depth to it. I had just never read it, despite hearing about it constantly. A friend was trying to use the fox chapter as an example for something, so I decided to read it and better understand.
"But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world . . ."
"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
"It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."
"Men have forgotten this truth," said the fox. "But you must not forget it. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose . . ."(less)
I heard about this book a lot while doing Nanowrimo last year, and thought I'd read it. It's a little amusing, written in 1984, so pre-computer really...moreI heard about this book a lot while doing Nanowrimo last year, and thought I'd read it. It's a little amusing, written in 1984, so pre-computer really. And some of her advice was pretty repetitive, but I did get some glimmers out of there. "We walk through so many myths of each other and ourselves; we are so thankful when someone sees us for who we are and accepts us."
"You're never free unless you are doing your art."
"I write because to form a word with your lips and tongue or think a thing and then dare to write it down so you can never take it back is the most powerful thing I know."
"If you give yourself over to honesty in your practice, it will permeate your life.... Writing can teach us the dignity of speaking the truth, and it spreads out from the page into all of our life, and it should."(less)
Read online here. A friend told me to read this, I think in my rant against drug use, lol. This book was popular in the 1970s, and argues that we need...moreRead online here. A friend told me to read this, I think in my rant against drug use, lol. This book was popular in the 1970s, and argues that we need to find a safe drug that will allow everyone to escape reality without damaging our bodies. Some fun quotations here.
"We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone. Embraced, the lovers desperately try to fuse their insulated ecstasies into a single self-transcendence; in vain. By its very nature every embodied spirit is doomed to suffer and enjoy in solitude. Sensations, feelings, insights, fancies—all these are private and, except through symbols and at second hand, incommunicable. We can pool information about experiences, but never the experiences themselves. From family to nation, every human group is a society of island universes."
"The mind is its own place, and the Places inhabited by the insane and the exceptionally gifted are so different from the places where ordinary men and women live, that there is little or no common ground of memory to serve as a basis for understanding or fellow feeling."
"Words are uttered, but fail to enlighten."
"To see ourselves as others see us is a most salutary gift."
""This is how one ought to see," I kept saying as I looked down at my trousers...."
"That humanity at large will ever be able to dispense with Artificial Paradises seems very unlikely. Most men and women lead lives at the worst so painful, at the best so monotonous, poor and limited that the urge to escape, the longing to transcend themselves if only for a few moments, is and has always been one of the principal appetites of the soul."
"The universal and ever-present urge to self-transcendence is not to be abolished by slamming the currently popular Doors in the Wall. "
"We see, then, that Christianity and alcohol do not and cannot mix. Christianity and mescalin seem to be much more compatible."
"Our goal is to discover that we have always been where we ought to be."(less)
A new book by Lessing, telling an alternate history of the Romans starting with a cult of ancient women called the Clefts, and what happens the first...moreA new book by Lessing, telling an alternate history of the Romans starting with a cult of ancient women called the Clefts, and what happens the first time a male is born. Strange, somewhat disconcerting imagery of women who have an affinity for the sea (and might resemble seals, bare and fleshy....).(less)
I read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, actually it would be more accurate to say I devoured it. This...moreI read this shortly after finishing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year, actually it would be more accurate to say I devoured it. This is full of great writing advice, and I'll need to get a copy and read it 1-2 times a year. Most helpful? The section on grammar! Seriously, I never really learned grammar. "Gould said something else that was interesting on the day I turned in my first two pieces: write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open. Your stuff starts out being just for you, in other words, but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right - as right as you can, anyway - it belongs to anyone who wants to read it."
"...The writer's original perception of a character or characters may be erroneous as the reader's. Running a close second was the realization that stopping a piece of work just because it's hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position."
"You can approach the act of writing with nervousness, excitement, hopefulness, or even despair - the sense that you can never completely put on the page what's in your mind and heart. You can come to the act with your fists clenched and your eyes narrowed, ready to kick ass and take down names. You can come to it because you want a girl to marry you or because you want to change the world. Come to it any way but lightly."
"The object of fiction isn't grammatical correctness but to make the reader welcome and then tell a story.... Writing is seduction. Good talk is part of seduction."
"Once I start work on a project, I don't stop and I don't slow down unless I absolutely have to. If I don't write every day, the characters begin to stale off in my mind - they begin to seem like characters instead of real people. The tale's narrative cutting edge starts to rust and I begin to lose my hold on the story's plot and pace. Worst of all, the excitement of spinning something new begins to fade. The work starts to feel like work, and for most writers that is the smooch of death."
"If I have to tell you, I lose. If, on the other hand, I can show you a silent, dirty-haired woman who compulsively gobbles cake and candy, then have you draw the conclusion that Annie is in the depressive part of a manic-depressive cycle, I win. And if I am able, even briefly, to give you a Wilkes'-eye-view of the world - if I can make you understand her madness - then perhaps I can make her someone you sympathize with or even identify with. The result? She's more frightening than ever, because she's close to real."
"What you should probably be doing is writing as fast as the Gingerbread Man runs, getting that first draft down on paper while the shape of the fossil is still bright and clear in your mind."
"The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better."
"Writing is magic, as much the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink. Drink and be filled up."
"Reading is the creative center of a writer's life." (less)
I picked this up to read for the first book club I will ever go to (on Monday). I tried Everything is Illuminated last year and couldn't stick with it...moreI picked this up to read for the first book club I will ever go to (on Monday). I tried Everything is Illuminated last year and couldn't stick with it, and was starting to feel the same about this one, but everything changed on page 46. The first quote below is from that page. It was that moment that I stopped being annoyed by Oskar and started to adore him. I think you'll have to read it to see what I mean.
"She walked away, and I stayed there for a bit, trying to catch up with my brain. I flipped back through the pad of paper while I thought about what Stephen Hawking would do next."
"There were things I wanted to tell him. But I knew they would hurt him. So I buried them, and let them hurt me." (less)
This was on the new book shelf at the public library and I picked it up solely because of the title. It ended up being about a former educator during...moreThis was on the new book shelf at the public library and I picked it up solely because of the title. It ended up being about a former educator during the long Communist years in Russia who was recruited to work in an archive that systematically was incinerating books and unpublished writing during the years where people disappeared for going against the system. Fairly interesting, and sad. And I noticed that they manage to have tea even when they don't have more than a few leaves (maybe only a tea freak such as myself would notice this).(less)
I've had this on my shelf for a while, a gift from in-laws. Basically a compilation of a bunch of food articles Richman wrote for GQ. I have to admit,...moreI've had this on my shelf for a while, a gift from in-laws. Basically a compilation of a bunch of food articles Richman wrote for GQ. I have to admit, I found him dull and snooty, but what else are food critics if not those things?
"You shouldn't eat dessert. Dessert is a sin. So if you are going to sin, do it freely. Having one dessert is like having one mistress, ridiculous. You must have two or three, once you get started." - attr. to Alain Ducasse, by Alan Richman(less)
Reading this book was like an acid trip, or being schizophrenic. It is the story of two 16 year olds, Sam and Hailey. They are timeless, and they are...moreReading this book was like an acid trip, or being schizophrenic. It is the story of two 16 year olds, Sam and Hailey. They are timeless, and they are on a road trip, and they are in love. It is written in some type of... prose? I don't know what to call it. It's not like a regular story. The stories start from opposite sides of the book, and you read 8 pages of a time, then flip it, then read 8 pages, then flip it. Each pair of 8 pages retells the same story. I noticed some parts of the story that mirrored what was going on upside down from it. Along the sides are parts of history listed chronologically with some commentary - I abandoned reading this after a while.
Long story short, I'm not sure I "got" it but it was an interesting reading experience. The book I really wanted to read by him was House of Leaves, so I still need to.
"Because we're taking it all. Taking our time. We're leaving everything behind." (Sam, pg 304) "For him the World spins and to blow it away would forfeit all the World allready Loves of him." (Hailey, pg 305)
"I will sacrifice nothing. For there are no countries. Except me. And there is only one boundary. Me." (Sam, pg 3)
"But life's big. If you can't fix it, give it a spin." (Sam, pg 245)(less)