Time was passing like a hand waving from a train I wanted to be on.
I hope you never have to think about anything as much as I think about you.
—Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
“I have felt as bleak as I’ve felt since puberty, and have filled almost three Mead notebooks trying to figure out whether it was Them or Just Me.”
Read of the Day: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again by David Foster Wallace
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Write drunk. Edit sober.
The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Read of the Day: In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
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“What you have lost will not be returned to you; it always be lost. You’re left with only your scars to mark the void. All you can choose to do is go on, or not. But if you go on, it’s knowing you carry your scars with you.”
Read of the Day: Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
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“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
Read of the Day: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
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“I’m not a drug salesman. I’m a writer.”
"What makes you think a writer isn’t a drug salesman?”
Read of the Day: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
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“Losing faith is a complicated business and takes time. There are no epiphanies, no “moments of truth.” It takes much thought and concentration in the later phases, which themselves come about through an accumulation of small accidents: examples of general injustice, misfortune falling upon the godly, prayers of one’s own unanswered.”
Read of the Day: V. by Thomas Pynchon
This award-winning, Modernist novel is available on Amazon for as little as a dollar.