October 13, 2016
How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
How many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
How many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.
“Blowin’ in the Wind,”
Bob Dylan, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature
December 10, 2012
The rule for working out prime numbers is really simple, but no one has ever worked out a simple formula for telling you whether a very big number is a prime number or what the next one will be. If a number is really, really big, it can take a computer years to work out whether it’s a prime number . . . Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical, but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.
Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
November 13, 2012
Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story
November 6, 2012
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
November 5, 2012
Charles de Lint, Eyes Like Leaves
October 23, 2012
Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat
October 4, 2012
The best thing about people is what happens between them.
Feeding Christine (opening line)
September 24, 2012
When a book lies unopened it might contain anything in the world, anything imaginable. It therefore, in that pregnant moment before opening, contains everything. Every possibility, both perfect and putrid. Surely such mysteries are the most enticing things You grant us in this mortal mere — the fruit in the garden, too, was like this. Unknown, and therefore infinite. Eve and her mate swallowed eternity, every possible thing, and made the world between them.
Catherynne M. Valente, The Habitation of the Blessed
February 7, 2012
I’ve always liked quotations. Whatever their content, they always seem apropos. If your audience doesn’t immediately grasp the connection, they’re inclined to think they just aren’t learned enough. I suppose they assume that if you’ve read enough to offer them some quotation, you must be smart enough to use it correctly.
Steve Rasnic Tem, “The Glare and the Glow”
January 23, 2012
Jean smiles at her text message and keeps the smile on her face as she looks back up at me. I have not made her smile like that in two days. She is showing me her smile like it is a low-cut shirt.
Amanda Billings, “Guess What,” Bust Down the Door and Eat All the Chickens #10