Posted September 15, 2013 at 3:28pm in The Speed of Darkness Muriel Rukeyser poetry favorite lit | 1 note
Posted September 14, 2013 at 1:59pm in i don't even watch breaking bad but still ozymandias Percy Bysshe Shelley poetry lit | 1 note
His own opinion, which he does not air, is that the origin of speech lie in song, and the origins of song in the need to fill out with sound the overlarge and rather empty human soul.
— J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace
Posted September 3, 2013 at 8:26pm in Disgrace J.M. Coetzee quote lit this is one of the most disturbing novels i have ever read highly recommended tho | 3 notes
There was another world below—this was the problem. Another world below that had volume but no form. By day the sea was blue surface and whitecaps, a realistic navigational challenge, and the problem could be overlooked. By night, though, the mind went forth and dove down through the yielding—the violently lonely—nothingness on which the heavy steel ship traveled, and in every moving swell you saw a travesty of grids, you saw how truly and forever lost a man would be six fathoms under. Dry land lacked this z-axis. Dry land was like being awake. Even in the chartless desert you could drop to your knees and pound land with your fist and land didn’t give. Of course, the ocean too had a skin of wakefulness. But every point on this skin was a point where you could sink and by sinking disappear.
— Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
Posted August 1, 2013 at 8:24am in Jonathan Franzen The Corrections favorite lit quote this man really knows how to write | 1 note
A pair of wings, a different respiratory system, which enabled us to travel through space, would in no way help us, for if we visited Mars or Venus while keeping the same senses, they would clothe everything we could see in the same aspect as the things of Earth. The only true voyage, the only bath in the Fountain of Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to see the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to see the hundred universes that each of them sees, that each of them is; and this we can do with an Elstir, with a Vinteuil; with men like these we do really fly from star to star.
— Marcel Proust, The Captive & The Fugitive: In Search of Lost Time, Vol. V
Posted July 31, 2013 at 9:10am in Marcel Proust À la recherche du temps perdu Vinteuil writing a 10 page paper about this quote right now lit quote art
Posted July 27, 2013 at 5:45am in Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest lit drama quote | 4 notes
I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.
— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Posted July 11, 2013 at 9:57pm in the sound and the fury william faulkner favorite book lit quote | 55 notes
He was remembering the nights he’d sat upstairs with one or both of his boys or with his girl in the crook of his arm, their damp bath-smelling heads hard against his ribs as he read aloud to them from “Black Beauty” or “The Chronicles of Narnia”. How his voice alone, its palpable resonance, had made them drowsy. These were evenings, and there were hundreds of them, maybe thousands, when nothing traumatic enough to leave a scar had befallen the nuclear unit. Evenings of plain vanilla closeness in his black leather chair; sweet evenings of doubt between the nights of bleak certainty. They came to him now, these forgotten counterexamples, because in the end, when you were falling into water, there was no solid thing to reach for but your children.
— Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections
Posted June 27, 2013 at 7:59pm in The Corrections Jonathan Franzen is a genius reading this book was the best decision this week READ THIS book lit quote | 9 notes