If you find my long sentences annoying, please know that that gives me an enormous amount of pleasure.
— Jamaica Kincaid, from Monday night’s live Writers at Work interview at 92nd Street Y. (via theparisreview)
[A]lmost nothing important that ever happens to you happens because you engineer it. Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trenchcoated out of an alley with some sort of ‘psst’ that you usually can’t even hear because you’re in such a rush to or from something important you’ve tried to engineer.
— David Foster Wallace (via maxistentialist)
More annotated passages from As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
“My mother is a human.”
“That sucks, but that awful smell is gone.”
Happy Thanksgiving from the Bluth Family!
Motherfuckers will read a book that’s 1/3rd elvish, but put two sentences in spanish and they (white people) think we’re taking over
— Junot diaz on “do you think you alienate readers when you use spanish in your books?” (via iamincoherent)
Technology has countervailing effects. We can send a battle by air to a land we have never set foot in, laying previously unimaginable distance between us and our wars. But at the same time we can see on a device in our pocket a satellite picture of these places so remote. Maybe, Bridle writes, the instant connectivity of our world can be a platform not just for faster information, but for deeper empathy for people who live a world away.
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