Laura McNeal

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Writer of things for and about the naively hopeful

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Laura McNeal Everything inspires me to write. It's a pre-existing condition. The most crippling and yet most motivating activity is, of course, to read a great…moreEverything inspires me to write. It's a pre-existing condition. The most crippling and yet most motivating activity is, of course, to read a great novel by someone else, one that makes writing a great novel seem both an impossible thing to do and the only thing I ever want to do.(less)
Laura McNeal One ticket to I Capture the Castle, please. Ticket should include being locked in the keep by my children, who send food to me in a basket, the way…moreOne ticket to I Capture the Castle, please. Ticket should include being locked in the keep by my children, who send food to me in a basket, the way they did with their father in the book. I have to stay there until I finish my novel.(less)
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A long time ago, when I was 21, Tobias Wolff asked me a question. "Do you feel like you have to be an ambassador for your faith in your writing?"

This was at Syracuse University, and we were in his office in the Hall of Languages, an ornate stone castle of a building that stood at the top of a hill I climbed every day like a pilgrim.  Toby's office, on the fifth floor, was fittingly grand, full... Read more of this blog post »
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Laura McNeal and 2 other people liked Vanora Bennett's review of At Freddie's:
At Freddie's by Penelope Fitzgerald
"I love Penelope Fitzgerald

This is my fourth book by her in a row and my crush is only getting stronger. What will I do when I’ve got through all of them?"
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“Salvatore threw up his hands. "What's to become of us? We can't go on like this." "Yes, we can go on like this," said Cesare. "We can go on exactly like this for the rest of our lives.”
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There may be moments when you'll be tired. I mean the kind of tired you get in a museum filled with masterpieces, and it's been five hours already and your feet hurt, as does that place in the small of your back, and you start thinking, "Oh, no, not ...more
Laura McNeal and 22 other people liked Cheryl's review of Offshore:
Offshore by Penelope Fitzgerald
"This is a book of ambivalence, indecision, grayness and beauty, ebb and flow, of living in between. “That liminal uncertainty seeps through the whole book”, says her biographer Hermione Lee. The more you look, the more you find these examples of t..." Read more of this review »
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Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
"Heartbreakingly beautiful. Poetical. Singularly Markus Zusak.

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“Bridge of Clay is a tender book, set in a world that is anything but. Its enormous ambitions are sustained by heartfelt beliefs, not least in the power of love. This..." Read more of this review »
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The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
“He said, aloud, 'The external world is the world of shadows. It throws its shadows into the kingdom of light. How different they will appear when this darkness is gone and the shadow-body has passed away. The universe, after all, is within us. The way leads inward, always inwards.”
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This book is everything: history made into art that somehow remains history. I'd like to wear it and through wearing it disappear.
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“Amiel was looking at me with the kind of interest that made my mouth dry up. I was Braille and his eyes were fingers.”
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“Tu' eres de dos mundos."
He was wrong, of course. You can only belong to one world at a time.”
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“Inside the house, near the hearth, Amiel had built a sort of fire pit with rocks. It was a safer place to cook than most campsites, really, because there was concrete all around, and I longed to be there when he had the fire going, when we could be cowgirl and cowboy and pretend we weren't a few miles from two million people.”
Laura McNeal, Dark Water

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“A man must love a thing very much if he practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practice it without any hope of doing it well. Such a man must love the toils of the work more than any other man can love the rewards of it.”
G.K. Chesterton, Robert Browning

“The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths.”
Anton Chekhov, Gooseberries and Other Stories

“It is a curious thing, do you know, Cranly said dispassionately, how your mind is supersaturated with the religion in which you say you disbelieve.”
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“Text of bliss: the text that imposes a state of loss, the text that discomforts (perhaps to the point of a certain boredom), unsettles the reader's historical, cultural, psychological assumptions, the consistency of his tastes, values, memories, brings to a crisis his relation with language.”
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“I probably reread novels more often than I read new ones. The novel form is made for rereading. Novels are by their nature too long, too baggy, too full of things – you can't hold them completely in your mind. This isn't a flaw – it's part of the novel's richness: its length, multiplicity of aspects, and shapelessness resemble the length and shapelessness of life itself. By the time you reach the end of the novel you will have forgotten the beginning and much of what happens in between: not the main outlines but the fine work, the detail and the music of the sentences – the particular words, through which the novel has its life. You think you know a novel so well that there must be nothing left in it to discover but the last time I reread Emma I found a little shepherd boy, brought into the parlour to sing for Harriet when she's staying with the Martin family. I'm sure he was never in the book before.”
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