You think out what actually happened, you tell friends long stories about it,...– Jack Kerouac, on how to write. From The Paris Review (http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4260/the-art-of-fiction-no-41-jack-kerouac)
Pure smut, the decay of 2010
Time: what a fickle lover! No sooner do we arrive at a perfect moment than she...– Sy Safransky
The reason I harass my dinner guests is that our stories have consequences, that...– Should We Buy Expensive Wine?
Men interviewed proclaimed themselves not only unthreatened by the addition of...– Vibrators on a Shelf Near You - NYTimes.com
Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.– Michael Caine
“So Sorry - I tried to make an online purchase recently from a Canadian company, and somehow the Canadian SPAM artists got ahold of my e-mail address. I have learned that Canada is a hotbed for SPAMMERS.” Mass email sent from a woman I taught sailing to this summer. I smell CANUCKOPHOBIA.
the screaming ants that humans can hear →
the loneliest whale in the world →
“a lonely whale with vocal problems whose love song supposedly chases lady whales away”
It will do you no harm to find yourself ridiculous. Resign yourself to be the...– T.S. Eliot
Your numbness,” my mother cries softly, “is something perhaps you cannot help....– Lorrie Moore (What is Seized)
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or...– Kurt Vonnegut (via nehko42)
We meet. We try. Nothing happens but Afterwards, we are always embarrassed....– Richard Brautigan (via patiecake)
"50 Million 'Environmental Refugees' by 2020,... →
this is going to be a big story… soon… wait, no, it should already BE a big story.
We value quantity of reading over quality of reading. We have no choice, if we...– Secrets of a Mind-Gamer - NYTimes.com
Bliss—a-second-by-second joy and gratitude at the gift of being alive,...– David Foster Wallace’s proposed overview for his next novel, The Pale King (via unknownvariable)
hey, who turned off the internet? →
Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read.– Raymond Carver (via reading-is-fun) Story of MY LIFE this February….
yvonnegeorgina: “To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But, then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer, not to love is to suffer, to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love, to be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy, therefore, to be unhappy one must love, or love to suffer, or suffer from too much happiness — I hope...
We live in the time of the hyperniche. All this liking and information spreading...– Alexis Madrigal explains why Facebook might not be the worst thing since MIDI music.
If you can’t write like New York, you have no business living in New York and...– James M. Cain (via theparisreview)
love's not the way to treat a friend
Love’s not the way to treat a friend. I wouldn’t wish that on you. I don’t want to see your eyes forgotten on a rainy day, lost in the endless purse of those who can remember nothing. Love’s not the way to treat a friend. I don’t want to see you end up that way with your body being poured like wounded marble into the architecture of those who make bridges out of crippled birds. ...
There is no geographical solution to an emotional problem.– Tony Soprano
Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.– John Berger
There is an element of uncertainty in every complicated engineering endeavor....
"the mathematics of beauty", according to 64,000... →
Dating site OkCupid attempts to figure out why men might message some women but not others. Super geeky but I dig the methods of their original research…
the difficulty of loving strangers →
neuroscience behind oxytocin. For years, we’ve heard about this chemical that seems to magically turn us into a better version of ourselves: more loving, more trusting, more human. And yet, all those emotional benefits come with some pretty devastating fine print. We might feel closer to our friends and family, but we are farther away from everyone else.
The most intimate thing you can do in an email is not sign it.– M. Lambert