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"I tell her how isolated I feel and how lonely I am and hungry and tired and she says ‘oh’."
James Simon Kunen, The Strawberry Statement
Posted on August 18th, 2012 at 11:01 AM
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Childe Harold by George Gordon Byron
reading in the park. my copy is an Oxford publication from the year… 1846. they could almost call Byron ‘contemporary’!
Posted on July 27th, 2012 at 11:48 PM
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"I remember a period in late adolescence when my mind would make itself drunk with images of adventurousness. This is how it will be when I grow up. I shall go there, do this, discover that, love her, and then her and her and her. I shall live as people in novels live and have lived. Which ones I was not sure, only that passion and danger, ecstasy and despair (but then more ecstasy) would be in attendance. However…who said that thing about “the littleness of life that art exaggerates”? There was a moment in my late twenties when I admitted that my adventurousness had long since petered out. I would never do those things adolescence had dreamt about. Instead, I mowed my lawn, I took holidays, I had my life.
But time…how time first grounds us and then confounds us. We thought we were being mature when we were only being safe. We imagined we were being responsible but we were only being cowardly. What we called realism turned out to be a way of avoiding things rather than facing them. Time…give us enough time and our best-supported decisions will seem wobbly, our certainties whimsical."
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending
Posted on July 5th, 2012 at 8:15 PM
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Posted on July 4th, 2012 at 12:19 AM
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I finished reading The Bell Jar a few weeks ago and it was… wonderful! I thought I would like it because tumblr was full of quotes from the book that I liked and I knew a lot about Sylvia and her life story, but I really didn’t expect that I would be able to relate to it this much… Really. Really. …Really.
While mesmerized I made the mistake of watching Sylvia. The terrible biopic with Gwyneth Paltrow. And Daniel Craig as Ted Hughes. I should have known better. My fault.
Posted on June 30th, 2012 at 1:05 AM
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"Under the spreading chestnut tree
I sold you and you sold me.
There lie they, and here lie we
Under the spreading chestnut tree"
1984, George Orwell
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