Neverending list of books that everyone should read ∟A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
"For pity’s sake!" they’ll shout at you, "you can’t rebel: it’s two times two is four! Nature doesn’t ask your permission; it doesn’t care about your wishes, or whether you like its laws or not. You’re obliged to accept it as it is and consequently all its results as well. And so a wall is indeed a wall…etc. etc." My God, but what do I care about the laws of nature and arithmetic if for some reason these laws and two times two is four are not to my liking? To be sure, I won’t break through such a wall with my forehead if I really have not got strength enough to do it, but neither will I be reconciled with it simply because I have a stone wall here and have not got strength enough.
We thought we were being mature when we were only being safe. We imagined we were being responsible but were only being cowardly. What we called realism turned out to be a way of avoiding things rather than facing them.
Happy birthday, John Cheever! Listen to the author read his most famous story, “The Swimmer.”
Come back! Even as a shadow,
even as a dream.
It is thanks to my evening reading alone that I am still more or less sane.
This is how you read a novel: you inhale the experience. So start breathing.
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
“Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains,
no matter how improbable, must be the truth.”
Being born a woman is an awful tragedy. Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night.