Writing: a way of leaving no space for death, of pushing back forgetfulness, of...– Hélène Cixous, “Coming to Writing and other Essays” (via awritersruminations)
People disappeared, reappeared, made plans to go somewhere, and then lost each...– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (via alighthouseofwords)
After learning my flight was detained 4 hours, I heard the announcement: If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic, Please come to the gate immediately. Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there. An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress, Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly. Help, said the flight service...
Letters From Thoreau
Pursue, keep up with, circle round and round your life, as a dog does his master’s chaise. Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. All fables, indeed, have their morals; but the innocent enjoy the story. Let nothing come...
And make no mistake: irony tyrannizes us. The reason why our pervasive cultural...– David Foster Wallace
“If, by the virtue of charity or the circumstance of desperation, you ever chance to spend a little time around a Substance-recovery halfway facility like Enfield MA’s state-funded Ennet House, you will acquire many exotic new facts…That certain persons simply will not like you no matter what you do. That sleeping can be a form of emotional escape and can with sustained effort be abused....
Early in the novel, the local priest tells Emma, “Sorrow is essential to...– Jon Sealy reviews In the Garden of Stone, by Susan Tekulve (via therumpus)
the Rumblr: Some Philosophies of Orbit →
therumpus: Wesley Rothman 1. Reincarnation. 2. What is said of insanity: expecting a different result, immortality or keeping all your money. 3. The equation of circumference or a wedding band. 3.1 The greatest distance between two inseparable objects. 3.2 Contradiction in terms of touching without…
My cousin invited me to live with him and his family for a month and I...– Links I Like by Zoë Ruiz (via therumpus)
Letter from a Birmingham Jail
Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, “Wait.” But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers...
I asked them questions about their lives, and they told me everything and asked...– http://thesunmagazine.org/archives/2192
29 life lessons learned in travelling the world...
1. Everyone everywhere basically wants the same thing 2. Deferring your happiness to the future is a terrible idea 3. “Someday my ship will come in” is bullshit. You will NEVER win the lottery. Be practical. 4. There’s no such thing as destiny. This is excellent news! 5. Seek out people with different beliefs and views of the world to yours and get to know their side of the story 6. Living a...
I can’t even enjoy a blade of grass unless I know there’s a subway...– Frank O’Hara
As soon as you crack your knuckles and open up a comments page, you just...– Louis C.K. (via nedhepburn)
am I talking outside / your experiential zipcode?– From Red Doc> by Anne Carson, reviewed at The Rumpus by Camden Avery. (via therumpus)
The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird...