“Secondhand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”—Virginia Woolf (via awritersruminations) (via unwrittenwords) (via booklover)
“There are less hubristic ways to start a career as a novelist than by retelling the story of The Odyssey. For one thing, the original was pretty good. For another, the story has been retold before—by the likes of Alfred Lord Tennyson, James Joyce, and Fritz Lang, to name a few.”—
John Swansburg’s review of Zachary Mason’s first novel — The Lost Books of the Odyssey — has gotten me excited about a new novelist who’s (re)telling an old story.
In part, of course, I’m excited because I love Homer’s Odyssey; in part, it’s because I’ve been writing about Odysseus myself lately. But, really, I just like the idea of searching for new ways to approach a classic story.
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”—Maya Angelou (via littlemiss) (via breathsoftruth) (via thedaysarenotfullenough)
“there was nothing else to do in that suckhole of a town. you go outside, you run around, people throw dirt balls at you, you get your ass beat. but reading is socially accepted disassociation. you flip a switch and you’re not there anymore. it’s better than heroin. more effective and cheaper and legal.”—mary karr, from this interview with the paris review. (via paperbackgirl)