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  2. "Literary characters are physically vague—they have only a few features, and these features don’t matter. Or, these features only matter in that they help narrow a character’s meaning. But these features don’t help us picture a character. Characters are ciphers. And narratives are made richer by omission."
    — Picturing Books – beautiful essay by Peter Mendelsund exploring the layer of imagination we each bring to stories. (via explore-blog)

    (Source: , via teachingliteracy)




  5. "Literature is the mind’s food and most of the world is starving"
    — David Cain (via 61dccain)

    (Source: talesofpassingtime, via literatureismyutopia)


  6. sigridhr:

    1. Defeat does not come because the other side is better and stronger than you. Defeat happens when you despair.
    2. Never, ever try and cross the Misty Mountains. Something bad will happen. Always.
    3. The greatest sort of courage is to be found in ordinary, good people.
    4. If anyone…

  7. literary-darling:

    The Collection:

    Leo TolstoyBlack Plum, Persimmon, & Oakmoss ”All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love.”

    Jane AustenGardenia, Tuberose, & Jasmine “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”

    Emily DickinsonLavender & Cassis “Dogs are better than human beings because they know but do not tell.”

    Oscar WildeCedarwood, Thyme, & Basil ”Anyone who lives within their means, suffers from a lack of imagination.”

    Charles DickensTangerine, Juniper, & Clove ”I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.”

    Edgar Allan PoeCardamom, Absinthe, & Sandalwood ”All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

    Mark TwainTobacco Flower & Vanilla “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

    (via literaryglamour)



  9. rolfejerrold:

    You’ll always be with every new book I read! #potterhead #HarryPotter #Bookmark #books #reading #collectible #JKRowling #literature #always (Taken with Instagram)

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  10. (Source: spiffing-books)


  11. rolfejerrold:

    You’ll always be with every new book I read! #potterhead #HarryPotter #Bookmark #books #reading #collectible #JKRowling #literature #always (Taken with Instagram)

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  12. Short Stories You Should Read


    Listed in no particular order. I forced myself to choose only one story per writer (very difficult in some cases). There is a lot of amazing short fiction out there, but these are stories—of various styles—that have stuck with me over the years and have taught me what a story can be. I’m sure I’m forgetting a lot of gems.

    1. “Wakefield” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    2. “Berenice” by Edgar Allan Poe
    3. “The Lady with the Lap Dog” by Chekhov
    4. “The Overcoat” by Gogol
    5. “The Necklace” by Guy Maupassant
    6. “A Hunger Artist” by Franz Kafka
    7. “The Dead” by James Joyce
    8. “The Secret Life of Walter Middy” by James Thurber
    9. “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner
    10. “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson
    11. “The Snows of Kilamanjaro” by Ernest Hemingway
    12. “Friend of My Youth” by Alice Munro
    13. “When We Were Nearly Young” by Mavis Gallant
    14. “Work” by Denis Johnson
    15. “Wants” by Grace Paley
    16. “The Swimmer” by John Cheever
    17. “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor
    18. “Hitch-Hikers” by Eudora Welty
    19. “The Laughing Man” by J.D. Salinger
    20. “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver
    21. “In the Cemetery Where Al Jolson is Buried” by Amy Hempel
    22. “Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin
    23. “In the Heart of the Heart of the Country” by William Gass
    24. “After Rain” by William Trevor
    25. “White Angel” by Michael Cunningham
    26. “Girl” by Jamaica Kinkaid
    27. “A Rich Man” by Edward P. Jones
    28. “Do Not Disturb” by A.M. Homes
    29. “Twenty Minutes” by James Salter
    30. “Happy Memories” by Lydia Davis
    31. “Screenwriter” by Charles D’Ambrosio
    32. “Memory Wall” by Anthony Doerr
    33. “L. Debard and Aliette” by Lauren Groff
    34. “Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff
    35. “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien
    36. “Boys Town” by Jim Shepard
    37. “The Fat Girl” by Andre Dubus
    38. “Pastoralia” by George Saunders
    39. “Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned” by Wells Tower
    40. “Men Under Water” by Ralph Lombreglia
    41. “All the Way in Flagstaff, Arizona” by Richard Bausch
    42. “Brownies” by Z.Z. Packer
    43. “Hell-Heaven” by Jhumpa Lahiri
    44. “Sindbad” by Donald Barthelme
    45. “I Used to Live Here Once” by Jean Rhys
    46. “The Girl Detective” by Kelly Link
    47. “Sororally” by Gary Lutz
    48. “Train” by Joy Williams
    49. “St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves” by Karen Russell
    50. “The Magic Poker” by Robert Coover
    51. “Lady” by Diane Williams
    52. “Love and Honour and Pity and Pride and Compassion and Sacrifice” by Nam Le
    53. “Natasha” by David Bezmozgis
    54. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates
    55. “A Spoiled Man” by Daniyal Mueenuddin
    56. “Rock Springs” by Richard Ford
    57. “The Custodian” by Deborah Eisenberg
    58. “In the Gloaming” by Alice Elliott Dark
    59. “You’re Ugly, Too” by Lorrie Moore
    60. “A Romantic Weekend” by Mary Gaitskill
    61. “Blessed Assurance” by Allan Gurganus
    62. “The Half-Skinned Steer” by Annie Proulx
    63. “Drown” by Junot Diaz
    64. “Immortality” by Yiyun Li
    65. “Sun City” by Caitlin Horrocks
    66. “None of the Above” by Suzanne Rivecca
    67. “Virgins” by Danielle Evans
    68. “Safari” by Jennifer Egan
    69. “Testimony of Pilot” by Barry Hannah
    70. “These Hands” by Kevin Brockmeier

    (via fuckyeahreading)


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  14. "Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles, You’ll learn from them - if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry."

    Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger

    • The most censored book in US high schools & libraries from 1961 to 1982. 
    • In 1982 it was BOTH the most censored book AND the 2nd most taught book in US public schools. 
    • The 10th most frequently challenged book from 1990 to 1999. 

    The American Library Association provides a full history of Catcher In The Rye’s controversy.

    (via dontlimitmylit)

    (via fuckyeahreading)


  15. starring-as-hnm:

    Bringing this back because it’s the best quote from Brave New World (Taken with Instagram)

    (Source: thepartthatmatters, via fuckyeahreading)