Do you realize that all great literature is all about what a bummer it is to be...– Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country (via brettivy)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Still
While waiting for the subway, on my way to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I was privy to the infinite moment of four high school girls. I had just missed the last train and the platform was nearly empty. Two girls, no more than fifteen, passed through the turnstile in tight jeans and wool sweaters, followed shortly after by two other somewhat more boisterous girls, giggling and shouting....
Sometimes I feel like I never wrote anything, I never thought anything.– Sylvia Plath (via seabois)
You,” he said, “are a terribly real thing in a terribly false world, and that, I...– Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls. With thanks to APoetReflects. (via rimeswriting)
Often when I imagine you your wholeness cascades into many shapes. You run...– Rainer Maria Rilke (via ghebremeskel)
And then not to talk. To follow the dark paths of the mind and enter the past,...– Virginia Woolf, The Waves. (via fuckyeahvirginiawoolf)
How soon is too soon for red wine on a sunny, cold Sunday on the last day of September?
You remember too much, my mother said to me recently. Why hold onto all that?...– Anne Carson, from “The Glass Essay” (via tabularasae)
I saw that I was in danger of becoming ordinary, and I understood that from now...– Steven Millhauser (via emotional-algebra)
He’d once told me that the art of getting ahead in New York was based on...– Don DeLillo, White Noise (via conozco)
Being alone is generally represented as quite dark, fragile. But I find it to be...– Kevin Parker (via seabois)
And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.– John Steinbeck (via thepinesaredancing)
Apropos of Nothing
Lately it feels as if the days have been barreling forward. I’m changing in the ways you never expect you will when you get older. I buy groceries. I make soup. I wake early. I used my oven for what might be the first time in two years and consequently enjoyed the pleasure of watching the two inch burn on my arm heal. Time only ever slows down on the subway, while I fight for breathing...
One girl with blonde roots showing in her pink bob and a lip ring in her round...– fannylemon:
The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the...– Aldous Huxley (via ostealjewelry)
A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and...– Alice Munro via A Poet Reflects:
You can’t sit around waiting for someone else to say who you are. You need to...– Faith Ringgold (via thatquote)
I carry silent baggage. I have packed myself into silence so deeply and for so...– Herta Müller, The Hunger Angel (via yesyes)
DO-IT-YOURSELF GUIDE TO WRITING BETTER
gnade: 1) Don’t go to “writers parties” especially if they’re made up of people who “know each other from the internet.” 2) Don’t spend too much time online or indoors. Go do something substantial you’ll remember later because you sure as hell won’t remember slumming around Facebook or watching TV. 3) Don’t “network.” Being friendly to someone because you think it will help your career should...
say history has ended, say you won– Matthew Bliss (via kathleenjoy)
And the speck of my heart, in my shed of flesh and bone, began to sing out, the...– Mary Oliver, from section 3 of “West Wind” in West Wind: Poems and Prose Poems (Mariner Books, 1997) (via growing-orbits)
Reading and writing are the same thing; it’s just one’s the more active and the...– Jonathan Lethem (via austinkleon)
Maybe the internet has made all of us think our little lives, all listless and...– Richard Lawson, The Shrinking Boundaries of Being a (Certain Kind of) Twentysomething (via theatlantic)
It is impossible to love a woman without loving womankind.– Sheikh Abdel-Hakim Murad (Tim Winter) (via rimeswriting)