"It was an awkward and impossible romance, given that the object of my affection was wholly fictional and living somewhere in Nova Scotia around the turn of the century. I knew that Gilbert Blythe, he who taunted Anne of Green Gables with the nickname “carrots” and pulled on her braids, wasn’t real. And yet, I had to believe in the idea of Gilbert Blythe; I was in love with the sheer dream of a boy that falls for the smart outcast and then doesn’t give up."
Slate’s piece on the most attractive men in literature.
File under: Calvin O’Keefe and Meg Murray, A Wrinkle In Time
"Giving shape to a painful experience is powerful because it helps us to see first, how we got through it; second, how we can share it. The experience doesn’t stay trapped within us, unspoken, curdling — instead, the art of arranging and transforming it reduces the burden. It no longer belongs to only you. The process of assigning the experience a beginning, a middle and an end, of giving it form, is a way of mastering it. Each sentence contains the chaos — our experience becomes what we perceive. And the honesty in these perceptions, whether true or invented, creates a bridge to another person."
— http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/books/review/the-accidental-writer.html?emc=tnt&tntemail1=y (via prefigurationsofmygeneration)
"You’re not really an adult at all. You’re just a tall child holding a beer, having a conversation you don’t understand."
— Dylan Moran (via ellephanta)
(Source: kokodokoko, via martinipistache)
"You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it."
- Junot Diaz (via Tatiana Richards)
(Source: issarae, via aeide-thea)
"Naps are essential to my process. Not dreams, but that state adjacent to sleep, the mind on waking."
— William Gibson, one of many in The Daily Routines of Famous Writers
"You are not responsible for the programming you picked up in childhood. However, as an adult, you are one hundred percent responsible for fixing it."
— Ken Keyes Jr. (via farewell-kingdom)
(Source: Lucifelle, via aeide-thea)
"Nothing was happening, really, but the moment was thick with mattering."
— An Abundance of Katherines, John Green