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quote 2017-04-12 21:32
I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on it.”

—David Foster Wallace

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url 2016-07-15 23:44
10 Charming Quotes About Writing

One of a million monkeys at work


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:


  1. “Do not place a photograph of your ­favourite author on your desk, especially if the author is one of the famous ones who committed suicide.” — Roddy Doyle
  2. “Have regrets. They are fuel. On the page they flare into desire.” — Geoff Dyer
  3. “Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you ­finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die.” — Anne Enright
  4. “You can also do all that with whiskey.” –Anne Enright
  5. “Try to think of others’ good luck as encouragement to yourself.” — Richard Ford
  6. “It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.” — Jonathan Franzen
  7. “Keep in mind Oscar Wilde: ‘A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.’” — Joyce Carol Oates
  8. “You know that sickening feeling of inadequacy and over-exposure you feel when you look upon your own empurpled prose? Relax into the awareness that this ghastly sensation will never, ever leave you, no matter how successful and publicly lauded you become. It is intrinsic to the real business of writing and should be cherished.” — Will Self
  9. “If you have to read, to cheer yourself up read biographies of writers who went insane.” — Colm Tóibín
  10. “Write.” — Neil Gaiman
Source: medium.com/@markarayner/10-charming-quotes-about-writing-d3d180e1bb22#.nnodh443n
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review 2016-04-17 02:59
Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed
Brave Enough - Cheryl Strayed

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.

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review 2015-03-03 19:49
"Feeling" down? Read this
The Book of "Unnecessary" Quotation Marks: A Celebration of Creative Punctuation - Bethany Keeley

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. 

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quote 2014-08-03 09:06
Have regular hours for work and play, make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success, in spite of poverty.

Little Women (1868) by Louisa May Alcott.

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