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“Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write.

This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose...

...Describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your
Rainer Maria Rilke
In Search of Small Gods by Jim Harrison
“(from: Age Sixty-nine)
There is this circle I walk
that I have learned to love.
I hope one day to be a spiral
but to the birds I'm a circle.”
Jim Harrison
The Road Home by Jim Harrison
“All artists as a type seem to suffer a great deal, but then so do miners.”
Jim Harrison
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
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This probably deserves 5 stars, but it was so painful to read, I had to take a star away. If I can bear to reread it some day I might come back and change the rating. Honest and insightful, but brutal!
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler
"At first, I didn't care about any of the children in this book, and by the end, I mostly hated them. This book was dull and disappointing, with an ending that made me furious. But this was also one of those books that, after glaring at it for a fe..." Read more of this review »
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The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
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The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
"I like sports, I like writing, so I figured I'd like The Sportswriter, written by acclaimed author and Pulitzer winner Richard Ford. After about 25 pages I realized that I disliked this book, and I hate-read the rest of the thing because I have a..." Read more of this review »
Revival by Stephen King
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I don't like Stephen King. Never have, and that is ok - I am sure he is a nice man, he can go his way with his gazillion fans, and I will go mine.

No, who I have an issue with are the 3 (THREE!) book critics who insisted this was a great literary wor
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Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford
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Frank Bascombe is one of my favorite "people". I find him a good guy, average and ok with that, trying to be the best he can with all of the flaws we have as humans, and fiercely funny. He does think some terrible things, but, out of kindness, he wou ...more
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“There are thousands of wines
that can take over our minds.

Don't think all ecstasies
are the same!

Jesus was lost in his love for God.
His donkey was drunk with barley.”
Rumi, The Essential Rumi

“You think because you understand 'one' you must also understand 'two', because one and one make two. But you must also understand 'and'.”

Jim Harrison
“Dad said I would always be "high minded and low waged" from reading too much Ralph Waldo Emerson. Maybe he was right.”
Jim Harrison, The English Major

“Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go.”

“We gather at night to celebrate
being human. Sometimes we call out low
to the tambourine. Fish drink the sea,
but the sea does not get smaller! We
eat the clouds and evening light. We
are slaves tasting the royal wine.”

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