A book a week I heave a sigh;
That Slogan’s peremptory cry
I will not hear, I will not heed.
How can They say that I should need
The book They bid me weekly buy?

But Slogans change, as days go by;
My Psyche listens, fluttering shy,
To newer message “Come and Read
A book a week.”

To read! to read! O wings that fly
O’er sun-kissed lands, through clouded sky
That bear us on where Great ones lead!
I too must follow, so I plead
For magic wings. I’ll read (or try)
A book a week!

Alexander Ireland; The Book-Lovers Enchiridion: Thoughts on the Solace and Companionship of Books
Mine too!

Mine too!

Creative work is often driven by pain. It may be that if you don’t have something in the back of your head driving you nuts, you may not do anything. It’s not a good arrangement. If I were God, I wouldn’t have done it that way.
Cormac McCarthy; Interview, The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 20, 2009
slightlyignorant:

"Patron reading book" by Providence Public Library

slightlyignorant:

"Patron reading book" by Providence Public Library

…secondhand bookstores have pilgrims. The words out of print are a call to arms for those who seek a Holy Grail made of paper and ink.
Kathleen Tessaro; Elegance (via papertownbooks)
Paper Town Books adds more books to the site every day. Check it out!

Paper Town Books adds more books to the site every day. Check it out!

mellowillow:

— Ryan Kelly

mellowillow:

— Ryan Kelly

No matter how people mess with you or let you down, or how you let yourself down, a good book means that when you get in bed that night, you have a good hour. I feel like you pay all day for that hour. That’s what books mean to me. I can open this two-dimensional, flat white page with squiggly little black marks on them, and someone has created this world that you’re going to enter into …
Anne Lamott
Time tunnel! 

Time tunnel! 

Who am I to believe in dreams?
There is an animal inside me,
clutching fast to my heart;
Perhaps the earth is floating,
I do not know.
Perhaps the stars are little paper cutups
made by some giant scissors,
I do not know.
perhaps the moon is a frozen tear,
I do not know.
Perhaps God is only a deep voice
heard by the deaf,
I do not know.
Anne Sexton, from “The Poet Of Ignorance,” in Anne Sexton: The Complete Poems (Houghton Mifflin, 1981)
Book bank!

Book bank!

Bad books on writing tell you to “WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW”, a solemn and totally false adage that is the reason there exist so many mediocre novels about English professors contemplating adultery.
Joe Haldeman
Stories take you away!

Stories take you away!

browsethestacks:

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Never stop reading!

browsethestacks:

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Never stop reading!

Get to work. Your work is to keep cranking the flywheel that turns the gears that spin the belt in the engine of belief that keeps you and your desk in midair.
Annie Dillard; The Writing Life