Sold. Let’s go.
"I am a part of all I have read."
-John Kieran (via observando)
"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)
Because it’s possible…
"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.
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."
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.
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
"[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)
"It gives voice to my quiet suspicions that the decade following college graduation is one of loss after loss; a time of people you once loved immensely peeling away into parenthood or panic attacks or bad marriages or sudden religiosity or the suburbs. It captures those strange mixed feelings of trying to be happy for friends when they choose things you think you know will never make them happy; the helpless panic as the strongest and most ambitious feminists give up and give in or maybe just grow up and learn to compromise and who are you to judge anyway? It displays real wisdom about the ways that, over time, paths dead end and options disappear and life can feel like a narrowing of possibilities when you always thought it would be an ever-broadening horizon. Also, it’s funny."
Women-processing-their-shit books FTW!(via rachelfershleiser)