I’ve always known that there’s more going on inside me than finds its way into the world, but this is probably true of everyone. Who doesn’t regret that he isn’t more fully understood?
Richard Russo; Bridge of Sighs
I’m one of the few - if there are any more - people moderately literate who take the detective story seriously … Some day somebody’s going to make ‘literature’ of it.

Raymond Chandler

(quoted in ‘Raymond Chandler - A Life' by Tom Williams)



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Always wanted this.


All those men were there inside,
when she came in totally naked.
They had been drinking: they began to spit.
Newly come from the river, she knew nothing.
She was a mermaid who had lost her way.
The insults flowed down her gleaming flesh.
Obscenities drowned her golden breasts.
Not knowing tears, she did not weep tears.
Not knowing clothes, she did not have clothes.
They blackened her with burnt corks and cigarette stubs,
and rolled around laughing on the tavern floor.
She did not speak because she had no speech.
Her eyes were the colour of distant love,
her twin arms were made of white topaz.
Her lips moved, silent, in a coral light,
and suddenly she went out by that door.
Entering the river she was cleaned,
shining like a white stone in the rain,
and without looking back she swam again
swam towards emptiness, swam towards death.
Fable of the Mermaid and the Drunks, Pablo Neruda (via amorette)
A book can be as dangerous as a sword in the right hands.
A Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Martin (via queenxtine)


Lois Lowry was born on March 20th, 1937. Today she will be 77 years of age. In those 77 years she has written over 30 books, and received two John Newberry Medals among many other awards for her fiction and biographical books. Her topics are broad and all well done. They’re mainly aimed at the Pre-Teen and early Young Adult audiences but are universal in their themes and easily cross generations.

In 1994 I was given a book called The Giver as a reading assignment for my middle school literature class. The cover boasted an old man and trees, to say that I was not interested would be an understatement. I tucked it down into my book bag and let my larger books fall on top of it, hoping that if I damaged it enough I wouldn’t have to read it. It didn’t work. As the due date for my book report loomed ever closer I begrudgingly put aside my over-used copy of To Kill A Mockingbird and opened the new book about some strange place where everything in life is decided for the inhabitants by the governing elders.

“It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen.”

That’s all it took. The first four lines on page one welcomed me to the new book. If only I had known then that the book was going to follow me everywhere for, at least, the next twenty years, I may have not used a sparkly gel pen to scribe my name in it. I would have taken the time to read it more thoroughly. I would have taken every word as the motivation for which it is meant. To have my first reading back would be a great gift, but that won’t happen. Now I know the book and the book knows me. I know that pages 28 and 29 are where the spine split and that it’s where we first meet Fiona. Page 78 is where I put a little purple glitter inked star beside, “He rested for a moment, breathing deeply, ‘I am so weighted with them,’ he said.” Page 91 is where my mind was blown and I had to go back and start all over upon the realization that Jonas’s world doesn’t even have color.  I know that all of chapter 23 is hanging on by some tiny bit of 21 year-old glue at the top of the pages. I know that my parents scraped together $5.50 of what very little money they had and purchased me The Giver. For that $5.50 I am grateful.

The Giver introduced me to thinking. It took me gently by the hand and showed me that maybe what we know about life isn’t really all there is to know. Windows of new thought were opened, that eventually lead to doors being cracked open, and then walls being taken down. The Giver changed my life. It may be a simple book, but sometimes that’s what you need – a simple book to strike the match of thought against.

Here I sit, a thirty year-old, wife and mother of three, crying tears of extreme gratitude for the little book that sits to my left, battered and worn and broken. Thank you, Lois Lowry, for the gift of curiosity, the spark of rebellion, the first seeds of free thought, a perfect example of bravery, a protagonist made of selflessness, and an adventure into a world not so unlike ours after all. Thank you for putting your imagination, hope and heart onto paper, and being strong enough to see it through to publishing. Thank you for the words of hope and strength that I now get to share with my children. Thank you, for writing. Thank you for continuing to write. Thank you.

Thank you for the book that changed my life.
Happy birthday, Lois.


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Find time to read

Someday an opportunity will come. Think about Harry Potter. His life is terrible, but then a letter arrives, he gets on a train, and everything is different for him afterward. Better. Magical.”
“That’s just a story.”
“So are we- we’re stories too.
Matthew Quick; Boy21

Literary Birthday - 19 March - Philip Roth


Happy Birthday, Philip Roth, born 19 March 1933

Philip Roth: 10 Quotes

  1. Sheer Playfulness and Deadly Seriousness are my closest friends.
  2. Literature isn’t a moral beauty contest. Its power arises from the authority and audacity with which the impersonation is pulled off; the belief it inspires is what counts.
  3.  A writer has to be driven crazy to help him to see. A writer needs his poisons.
  4. I cannot and do not live in the world of discretion, not as a writer, anyway. I would prefer to, I assure you - it would make life easier. But discretion is, unfortunately, not for novelists.
  5. Life is just a short period of time in which you are alive.
  6. When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it.
  7. Everybody else is working to change, persuade, tempt and control them. The best readers come to fiction to be free of all that noise.
  8. Stop worrying about growing old. And think about growing up.
  9. Literature takes a habit of mind that has disappeared. It requires silence, some form of isolation, and sustained concentration in the presence of an enigmatic thing.
  10. I turn sentences around. That’s my life. I write a sentence and then I turn it around. Then I look at it and turn it around again…

Roth is one of the most awarded U.S. writers of his generation: his books have twice received the National Book Award, twice the National Book Critics Circle award, and three times the PEN/Faulkner Award. He received a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 novel, American Pastoral.

by Amanda Patterson

Begging the Question/Raising the Question and Their Misuses

I posted this back on July 26th, 2011. I see this mistake used on national television every day in news debates and reports as well as in articles written by supposedly well educated journalists. This one error is probably my biggest nerdy pet peeve. So … I thought I would throw this back out there … (thanks for letting me rant)

The lack of distinction between the two phrases, that begs the question and that raises the question, is mind numbing. I say mind numbing because it has become so pervasive over the last decade it makes me realize that the general “educated” population lacks an ability to 1) understand the distinction and 2) to reason or think properly.

The phrase, “That begs the question,” is one that indicates a fallacy in reasoning.  The fallacy of petitio principii, or “begging the question”, is committed “when a proposition which requires proof is assumed without proof”, or more generally denotes when an assumption is used, “in some form of the very proposition to be proved, as a premise from which to deduce it”. Thus, insofar as petitio principii refers to arguing for a conclusion that has already been assumed in the premise, this fallacy consists of “begging” the listener to accept the “question” (proposition) before the labor of logic is undertaken. The fallacy may be committed in various ways. (definition via Wikipedia w/ cited references)

The phrase, “That raises the question,” is a phrase that should be used when something(s) lead(s) to a needed conclusion (a literal question). For example, she never says hello to me any more which raises the question, does she still like me?

These two phrases have entirely different meanings and usages. Yet, I see writers, journalists, newscaster, editors, and every day people use them improperly. I can only surmise that this is done out of pure ignorance or just plain laziness. Logic and reason stand to lose the most if this misconception continues.

[He now steps off his soapbox and walks away]

If you don’t like the world you live in, create a new one, put it on paper, sell it widely, and perhaps the world will finally understand what it needs to do to improve itself.
TBV; from a work in progress
Yup, that about sums me up.

Yup, that about sums me up.

I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance inside my body.
Dele Olanubi (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

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