Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar. — Cornelia Funke, Inkspell (via observando)
Harriet Backer - The Library of Thorvald Boeck (1902)
(Source: colourthysoul, via nancyrivers)
“…the secret of the Great Stories is that they have no secrets. The Great Stories are the ones you have heard and want to hear again. The ones you can enter anywhere and inhabit comfortably. They don’t deceive you with thrills and trick endings. They don’t surprise you with the unforeseen. They are as familiar as the house you live in. Or the smell of your lover’s skin. You know how they end, yet you listen as though you don’t. In the way that although you know that one day you will die, you live as though you won’t. In the Great Stories you know who lives, who dies, who finds love, who doesn’t. And yet you want to know again.
That is their mystery and their magic.” — Arundhati Roy; The God of Small Things
By Roy Zipstein
The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling, in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying. Books are written by the alone for the alone. — Donna Tartt, author of The Secret History (via vintageanchorbooks)
Come visit us.
Stories only happen to those who are able to tell them. —
Paul Auster (via amandaonwriting)
[Rant: I’m sorry, Paul, but I totally disagree. If you are indeed correct, then that would make the reader/listener completely irrelevant. The ability to create a story is merely half the equation. Stories needreaders, stories need listeners.]
"So Many Books, So Little Time"—Frank Zappa
(Source: lifeisthegreatestadventureofall, via myownliteraryself)
I visited Ray Bradbury the other day.
Poetry is not truth, it is the resurrection of presences. — Octavio Paz (via awritersruminations)
You should never read just for “enjoyment.” Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick “hard books.” Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, “I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth.” Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of “literature”? That means fiction, too, stupid. — John Waters
I am simply a ‘book drunkard.’ Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them. — L.M. Montgomery