—David Foster Wallace
Quite often I find that when writers write about writing (yes, I just did that) the advice is prescriptive, and so, useless. These folks, however, just get it:
I spotted this book at the library the other day. I've never read anything by the author prior to this book, but I love inspirational quotes and I decided to give it a read.
Like the author, I also collect quotes. She is right in that when we read something that strikes a chord, in a way it becomes a part of us and it is something we go back to read over and over again.
I was pretty excited to read since I love positive and inspirational quotes. Supposedly this book was inspirational quotes, but I'm not quite sure how most of these quotes are considered inspirational or even positive.
I did find a few good quotes in here, ones that I really liked. For the most part, however, I didn't find much in the way of inspirational within these pages.
And cursing doesn't bother me, but it felt out of place and not needed in a book of supposedly-inspirational quotes.
Not a bad book but it's not amazing either.
This mocks signs that use unnecessary, and at time, baffling quotation marks.
One sign simply read:
That was the whole sign. One sign read that drugs were prohibited in Mexico by "law", and the commentary was that either Mexican laws were wobbly things, or that some vigilante named Law took care of the drug trade in Mexico. (Sometimes the commentary was as good, if not better, than the signs themselves.)
I laughed, I cried (because I was laughing so hard), and then I laughed again . A quick, fun read if you also get confused by how many people don't know how to properly use quotation marks.
Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott.