Library Portals, Goerlitz, Germany
photo via bjorn


Library Portals, Goerlitz, Germany

photo via bjorn

Every time I begin a new book it’s like meeting a new friend.
— TBV (via wordpainting)
There sat I, a faded being, under faded leaves.
— Franz Kafka, from Diaries (via kafkaesque-world)
You don’t have to make something that people call art. Living is an artistic activity, there is an art to getting through the day.
— Viggo Mortensen (via nathanielstuart)

From the original Alice In Wonderland manuscript, handwritten and illustrated by Lewis Carroll.
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From the original Alice In Wonderland manuscript, handwritten and illustrated by Lewis Carroll.

See more on Open Culture here.

I like strong women. Like Aomame, the heroine of 1Q84. In fact, it is much more exciting for me to write about women like that than to write about men. Tengo, for example, is much closer to me. I know him very well because he is quite similar to me. I know what he feels and what he does. Much unlike Aomame. Putting myself in her shoes, that is a huge challenge, it makes my imagination run at full speed. But I could never fall in love with any of my characters. Because when I’m writing, I become the character myself, at least for a moment. It makes me be Aomame as much as Flaubert is Madame Bovary. But eventually I’m also Tengo. It’s all about keeping up that balance. It’s about shifting from male to female, from one place to the next. I never want to be bound to anything. I always want to be able to come and go as I please.
— Haruki Murakami, interview with Die Zeit (via murakamistuff)

 (by kim.tackett)

Words to keep inside your pocket:

  • Quiescent - a quiet, soft-spoken soul.
  • Chimerical - merely imaginary; fanciful. 
  • Susurrus - a whispering or rustling sound. 
  • Raconteur - one who excels in story-telling. 
  • Clinquant - glittering; tinsel-like. 
  • Aubade - a song greeting the dawn. 
  • Ephemeral - lasting a very short time. 
  • Sempiternal - everlasting; eternal. 
  • Euphonious - pleasing; sweet in sound. 
  • Billet-doux - a love letter. 
  • Redamancy - act of loving in return.

My beautiful new book!


My beautiful new book!


"Her blonde hair was part of an attempt to to start over and adopt a new persona, following her first suicide attempt in August of 1953." Plath, who had spent six months in psychiatric care following the suicide attempt, had seemed to improve greatly by the the summer of 1954. This period of time has been lovingly referred to by her biographers as her “platinum summer.”

I was tagged by cup-of-letters.

Questions and my answers:

1. Most and least favourite books you’ve read this year?

—- Some of my favorites in 2013: Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra, The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder by Ironmonger, 11/22/63 by Stephen King, The Stories of John Cheever, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, The Stories of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, Family Fang by Kevin Wilson.

My least favorite book in 2013: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.

2. If you could live a day in the life of one character, whose life would you sample? Why?

—- Hmm not sure.

3. Do you draw or have an interest in art?

—- Oh, I wish I could draw. I am in love with art.

4. Which languages do you speak?

—- Turkish and English.

5. Is there a book that’s changed your life?

—- This had been asked several times before and I had said the stories of Edgar Allan Poe since I wrote a thesis on a couple of  Poe translations and 1984 as it was my first dystopian novel and made me want to move to another world. I believe not a specific book but the general reading experience change your life. The first books that make you love reading have the life-changing material inevitably.

6. The last book you read is…

—- The Captain’s Daughter by Pushkin

7. What is your favorite thing about Christmas?

—- We don’t have a Christmas in Turkey. I love your fantastic atmosphere with all those lights, people coming together and of course the presents :p

8. Do you read ebooks?

—- I am not against ebooks but I do not tend to read them. Maybe I’ll buy a nook or kindle one day so that I can read the books that are not published in my country.

9. Have you ever kissed a frog? lol

—- Ha ha.

10. Tea of Coffee?

—- Tea is heavenly. I love coffee too but tea is my constant.

11. Do you have a favorite vampire book? If yes, which one?

—- Not really. I am tired of them. I haven’t read the books but I had loved Let the Right One In and Interview with Vampire on screen. I also watch True Blood and had read some of the books in the series but they are just for fun purposes and for the sake of only a few characters.

Male privilege is “I have a boyfriend” being the only thing that can actually stop someone from hitting on you because they respect another man more than they respect your rejection/lack of interest.
— The Sociological Cinema (via necrophilofthefuture)

(Source: queerintersectional)

 (via Penguin Design Award - 2009 Winner - Edward Essex)


2010 Penguin Design Award. Perfume by Patrick Suskind.

First place - Kirsty White

Second place - Patrycja Zywert

Third place - Sara Mulvanny

Penguin Design Award.