Lethe

Add friend
Sign in to Goodreads to learn more about Lethe.

https://www.goodreads.com/desertriver

The Odyssey
Lethe is currently reading
by Homer
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
The Poetry of Emi...
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
To the Lighthouse
Lethe is currently reading
bookshelves: currently-reading
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
See all 8 books that Lethe is reading…
Loading...
Tony Kushner
“Night flight to San Francisco; chase the moon across America. God, it’s been years since I was on a plane. When we hit 35,000 feet we’ll have reached the tropopause, the great belt of calm air, as close as I’ll ever get to the ozone. I dreamed we were there. The plane leapt the tropopause, the safe air, and attained the outer rim, the ozone, which was ragged and torn, patches of it threadbare as old cheesecloth, and that was frightening. But I saw something that only I could see because of my astonishing ability to see such things: Souls were rising, from the earth far below, souls of the dead, of people who had perished, from famine, from war, from the plague, and they floated up, like skydivers in reverse, limbs all akimbo, wheeling and spinning. And the souls of these departed joined hands, clasped ankles, and formed a web, a great net of souls, and the souls were three-atom oxygen molecules of the stuff of ozone, and the outer rim absorbed them and was repaired. Nothing’s lost forever. In this world, there’s a kind of painful progress. Longing for what we’ve left behind, and dreaming ahead. At least I think that’s so.”
Tony Kushner, Perestroika
tags: hope

Marina Tsvetaeva
“There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?”
Marina Tsvetaeva

Franz Kafka
“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we're reading doesn't wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? So that it will make us happy, as you write? Good Lord, we would be happy precisely if we had no books, and the kind of books that make us happy are the kind we could write ourselves if we had to. But we need books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief.”
Franz Kafka

year in books
Lysianthus
556 books | 21 friends

乐乐
1,628 books | 3 friends

Emma
664 books | 28 friends

Emily
219 books | 5 friends

Sophie/a
662 books | 66 friends

Masao
427 books | 19 friends

eleni
328 books | 2 friends

Delphine
35 books | 13 friends

More friends…

Favorite Genres



Polls voted on by Lethe

Lists liked by Lethe