Quote 18 Sep
The Devil stepped in to make sure
my conscience wouldn’t burn beneath
my shawl. Giddy, plague-stricken night
prevailed, no hint of dawn or days.
— Marina Tsvetaeva
Text 1 Sep 2 notes Books Read/Reread July/August 2014

Geoff Dyer, But Beautiful*
Geoff Dyer, The Missing of the Somme
Lynda Barry, Cruddy*
Thomas Tryon, The Other
D. Graham Burnett, The Sounding of the Whale
Teju Cole, Every Day Is for the Thief
Jules Verne, The Castle in Transylvania
Josep Pla, The Gray Notebook
Mary Roach, Spook
Ernst Weiss, Georg Letham: Physician and Murderer
James Agee/Walker Evans, Cotton Tenants
Rudolf Erich Raspe, The Travels and Adventures of Baron Munchasen
Raymond Radiguet, The Devil in the Flesh
A. M. Rosenthal, Thirty-Eight Witnesses
H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man
Kio Stark, Follow Me Down
Frank Kermode, The Sense of an Ending
Richard Fortey, Dry Storeroom No. 1
Jerry Brotton, A History of the World in 12 Maps
Lars Iyer, Wittgenstein Jr.
Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes
Carlos Castaneda, A Separate Reality
Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam
Rudolph Herzog, A Short History of Nuclear Folly
Deborah Blum, Ghost Hunters: William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After Death
Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock
Richard Barnett, The Sick Rose

* = reread

Quote 27 Aug
No one expects very much of an undergraduate…. None of us will fail our degrees, it’s true—no one fails anymore. But none of us will excel, either. We’re here to fill the classrooms, and pay the fees. We’re here to populate the corridors, and sit decorously on the steps.
— Lars Iyer, Wittgenstein Jr.
Text 12 Jul 1 note Books Read/Reread May/June 2014

Lynn Coady, Hellgoing
Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation
Jeff VanderMeer, Authority
Tim Parks, Italian Ways
John D’Agata, About a Mountain*
Joan Chase, During the Reign of the Queen of Persia
Boris Pasternak, Marnia Tsvetayeva, Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters: Summer 1926
Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire*
Michael Ondaatje, Running in the Family*
Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde*
Muriel Spark, The Informed Air
William Blake, The Portable Blake
D. B. Wyndham Lewis, The Soul of Gilles de Rais
Susan Merrell, Shirley
Alexander Kluge, Cinema Stories*
Denis Johnson, Train Dreams*
Lisa Robertson, Nilling
Anne Carson, Nay Rather
Anne Carson, The Albertine Workout
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See [Abandoned]
Albert Einstein, Relativity
Amar Ravva, American Canyon*
Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird
Rachel Sussman, The Oldest Living Things in the World

* = reread

Quote 27 Jun
During certain hours, at certain years in our lives, we see ourselves as remnants from the earlier generations that were destroyed.
— Michael Ondaatje, Running in the Family
Quote 12 Jun 2 notes
For what more terrifying revelation can there be than that it is the present moment? That we survive the shock at all is only possible because the past shelters us on one side, the future on another.
— Virginia Woolf, Orlando
Quote 1 Jun 1 note
We are peering over the edge of a cauldron in which fragments of all shapes and savours seem to simmer; now and again some vast form heaves itself up and seems about to haul itself out of chaos.
— Virginia Woolf, 1926
Text 2 May 1 note Books Read March/April

Robert Eisler, Man Into Wolf: An Anthropological Interpretation of Sadism, Masochism, and Lycanthropy
Eula Biss, The Balloonists
Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World
Richard Holmes, Shelley: The PursuitArthur Schnitzler, Dream Story
Chauncey Loomis, Weird and Tragic Shores
Werner Herzog, Of Walking in Ice
Jon Krakauer, Under the Banner of Heaven
Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams
Bill Bryson, One Summer: America 1927
James Romm, Dying Every Day
Breyten Breytenbach, Mouroir
Cari Luna, The Revolution of Every Day
Mary Ruefle, Madness, Rack, and Honey
Stephen Burt, Belmont
Peter Matthiessen, The Snow Leopard
Alan Jacobs, The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction
Simon Worral, The Poet and the Murderer
Magdalena Tulli, Moving Parts


Quote 20 Apr 156 notes
I now wonder where the idea or of the ideology of creativity started. Shakespeare and company certainly stole from, copied each other’s writings. Before them, the Greeks didn’t both making up any new stories. I suspect that the ideology of creativity started when the bourgeoisie—when they rose up in all their splendor, as the history books put it—made a capitalistic marketplace for books. Today a writer earns money or a living by selling copyright, ownership to words. We all do, we writers, this scam, because we need to earn money, only most don’t admit it’s a scam. Nobody really owns nothing.
— Kathy Acker
Quote 20 Apr
My worries concern the increasing marginalization of writers and of their writings in this society. Whenever writers are considered marginal to a society, something is deeply wrong, wrong in that society and wrong with the relations between writing and the society. For to write should be to write the world and, simultaneously, to engage in the world. But the literary industry as it now exists seems to be obfuscating relations between this society’s writers and this society.
— Kathy Acker

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