Sunday, January 22, 2017

William Shakespeare, Othello

'What wound did ever heal but by degrees?'

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Jarett Kobek, i hate the internet

'Nothing says individuality like 500 million consumer electronics built by slaves.'

Monday, January 02, 2017

John Berger, Ways of Seeing

'Capitalism survives by forcing the majority, whom it exploits, to define their own interests as narrowly as possible. This was once achieved by extensive deprivation. Today in the developed countries it is being achieved by imposing a false standard of what is and is not desirable.’

Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend

‘Perhaps the idea of money as a cement to solidify our existence and prevent it from dissolving, together with the people who were dear to us, endured.’

Sunday, January 01, 2017

George V. Higgins, The Friends of Eddie Coyle


‘I was thinking about joining a commune,’ the black man said. ‘I heard about this place up near Lowell, everybody welcome, you take off your clothes and screw all day and drink boysenberry wine all night. Trouble is, I hear all they get to eat is turnips.’

Lydia Davis, The End of the Story

‘But on my worst days I just sit here in my dressing gown, my own warm smell rising from the opening of my collar. I listen to the cars go by in an endless stream on the road below my window and think something is happening just because time is passing. I won’t get dressed until I have sat here half the day. I won’t always shower first, only at a point when I feel I have thoroughly ripened.’

Virginia Woolf, The Waves

‘When I wake early - and the birds wake me - I lie and watch the brass handles on the cupboard grow clear; then the basin; then the towel-horse. As each thing in the bedroom grows clear, my heart beats quicker. I feel my body harden, and become pink, yellow, brown.’

Siri Hustvedt, Mysteries of the Rectangle

'I don't think that to mention that to mention love in Chardin’s work is either mystical or unscientific. Touch lies at the heart of all human life. It is our first experience of another person, and the physicality of Chardin’s stroke is evocative of both caresses and touches of reassurances. I am certain that these strokes made by a paintbrush lie at the bottom of Proust’s comment that in Chardin one feels the affection a tablecloth has for a table.’ 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady

‘It was almost as unnecessary to cultivate doubt of one’s self as to cultivate doubt of one’s best friend: one should try to be one’s own best friend and to give one’s self, in this manner, distinguished company.'

Adam Phillips, Houdini's Box

‘The convinced are in flight from the experimental nature of wanting, from the fact that you can only find out what you want by trying to get it, and in the process you may find something else that you didn’t know you wanted. The unsure are in flight from action on inclination, from following the compass of their excitement.'

Monday, August 29, 2016

Sarah Waters, Affinity

'The spirit-medium’s proper home is neither this world nor the next, but that vague & debatable land which lies between them.'

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Virginia Woolf, A Writer's Diary


‘Nobody shall say of me that I have not known perfect happiness, but few could put their finger on the moment, or say what made it.'

‘We pour to the edge of a precipice... and then?'

Deborah Levy, Black Vodka

‘I hope a robot boy will find this document and correct my spelling mistakes with his silver fingers. Although he will look nothing like me, he too will be a son without a mother, his eyes open all night long.’

Deborah Levy, Swimming Home

'It was impossible to believe that someone did not want to be saved from their incoherence.'