I have a favorite guitar chord whose name I don’t even know. But each time I play it, it finds its way between ribs four and five and burrows into my myocardium.
Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a...– Jeanette Winterson (via tatteredcover)
Graphic Novel Short Rec: Mother, Come Home
Do you ever feel sad but emotionally blocked and you go watch a movie that just hits the right note, it makes you start and then you’re crying for yourself and for the movie and for the world, and then you feel so much better afterward? If you need that, read this: Top five, people. Maybe even top three. 97th percentile. Maybe now isn’t the right time to read it for you, but know...
And so my darling, when the killer comet smashed...
She asked her daughter if she should dedicate the novel to her. The daughter says to wait until she does something real like a kids book. So… Vanessa Veselka, author of ZAZEN, begins retelling Goodnight Moon… And so my darling, when the killer comet smashed into the earth cleaving off chunks of iron, oxygen, silicon, and nickel the size of the Pacific Ocean and throwing them into...
OMG, Yes. →
bookladysblog: I’d pay extra for the airplane version of a “quiet car” and for putting kids in a separate section. And it’s not that I hate kids. My life is full of them. But I do not enjoy their screaming, kicking, coughing, puking, and squealing when I’m trying to read/work/sleep on a plane.
Two Great American Novels: How they end
Last line from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925) “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” Last line from Pafko at the Wall by Don DeLillo (1992) “It is all falling indelibly into the past.”
Edgar sees someone dangling from the wall in right-center field. These men who...– Pafko at the Wall (prologue to Underworld) by Don DeLillo
Sweet! Corpus Libris photos on... →
Just finished RADIOACTIVE: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss. Holy crap this book is beautiful, in that painful-beauty sort of way, both visually and in content. First, visually. I don’t really know how to explain it, but the images in this book, and more specifically the colors, speak to me at a visceral level. Like a Rothko painting, there is some...
Then Grace picked up the empty bowl and walked into the kitchen to get more...– ZAZEN by Vanessa Veselka
After several long moments — or it might have been half an hour — or...– OMG 1st kiss scene from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, who woulda thunk it…
Those companies that would fire their affiliates simply to maintain an...– ABA CEO Oren Teicher, remarking on Amazon, and Illinois’ passage of sales tax fairness legislation. (via jjchristie)
10 Real-Life Literary Power Couples →
To this I would totally add Samuel R. Delaney (gay SciFi writer) and Marilyn Hacker (lesbian poet), and I’m surprised not to see Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida or Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman on this list.
I took myself on a $100 date and it was awesome
So, last weekend I found out about a concert that I REALLY wanted to attend, and I wasn’t sure if I 1) had the money or 2) should go if I couldn’t find anyone to go with me. It is fascinating to me that some people would never in a million years consider going alone to a concert (or a movie or a restaurant). It’s not so bad, so ultimately, I said “Fuck it,” and...
Shelley Jackson's story SKIN "is ceaselessly... →