"Because when I read, I don’t really read; I pop a beautiful sentence into my mouth and suck it like a fruit drop, or I sip it like a liqueur until the thought dissolves in me like alcohol, infusing brain and heart and coursing on through the veins to the root of each blood vessel."
- Bohumil Hrabal, Too Loud a Solitude (via observando)

reading writing

"Despite what you’ve read, your sadness is not beautiful. No one will see you in the bookstore, curled up with your Bukowski, and want to save you.
Stop waiting
for a salvation that will not come from the grey-eyed boy looking for an annotated copy of Shakespeare,
for an end to your sadness in Keats.
He coughed up his lungs at 25, and flowery words cannot conceal a life barely lived.
Your life is fragile, just beginning, teetering on the violent edge of the world.
Your sadness will bury you alive, and you are the only one who can shovel your way out with hardened hands and ragged fingernails, bleeding your despair into the unforgiving earth.
Darling, you see, no heroes are coming for you. Grab your sword, and don your own armor."
- (via starredsoul)

Wow

(via joythedaughter)

hero heroine save yourself author reading rescue

I’m not sure how to feel about this. As a fast reader naturally, the concept of forced pauses confuses me. But I like the idea of a book meant to be read as the printed word, rather than electronically.
alfredrehbach:


Pause Publishing – ISTD brief “Books still?”
Pause Publishing is a book concept that aims to slow down the modern reader. It answers the ISTD brief “Books still?” in making clear that the highly immersive process of thoughtful and careful reading can only be achieved with the printed word. 
Although electronic reading devices may soon take over a big part of the publishing market, this concept tries to teach the modern reader to relearn the art of reading in printed form.
© Alfred Rehbach 2013

I’m not sure how to feel about this. As a fast reader naturally, the concept of forced pauses confuses me. But I like the idea of a book meant to be read as the printed word, rather than electronically.

alfredrehbach:

Pause Publishing – ISTD brief “Books still?”

Pause Publishing is a book concept that aims to slow down the modern reader. It answers the ISTD brief “Books still?” in making clear that the highly immersive process of thoughtful and careful reading can only be achieved with the printed word. 

Although electronic reading devices may soon take over a big part of the publishing market, this concept tries to teach the modern reader to relearn the art of reading in printed form.

© Alfred Rehbach 2013

book reading electronic method

"[Parents should] recommend some books with female leads that your son would enjoy reading. If your next question is “Why?,” then ask your daughter why she liked Harry Potter. She might say it was a good story, great characters, and a fantastic world. Who cares if the main character was a boy? In fact, girls will pick up a book with a hero or heroine equally. According to my excellent librarian resources, boys will actively avoid books with a girl as the main character. What’s the problem? I have no idea. Why should you encourage your son to read books with heroines? That’s easy. You want your son to grow up knowing that a strong female for a friend, wife or boss is normal and good."
- Rebecca Angel (via divinehours)

(Source: msandrogynous, via spookybuttocks-deactivated20140)

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