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Desire doubled is love and love doubled is madness.

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Anne Carson, The Beauty of the Husband (via proustitute)

I mistook “is” for “as”, over and over, oops.

When the Great War broke out, it came to me not as a superlative tragedy, but as an interruption of the most exasperating kind to my personal plans.

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Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth


Monday First Sentences | Every Monday, we offer the opening sentences of a Penguin Classic to start the week. Throughout June we’re celebrating the literature of the Great War in honor of its centennial.

(via classicpenguin)

That would be the perfect first line to a book named Testament of Youth

"What I would like is to walk out of this house, and keep going, going, going, and never come back," she said.

"Take a boat," said Florentino Ariza.

- Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (trans. by Edith Grossman)

openbookstore:

katbuchananbarnes:

Bernard Black // Black Books.
I don’t mean this in a bad way, but genetically you are a cul-de-sac.’

Basically, these ten GIFs properly and completely represent every bookseller you know.

ALWAYS REBLOG. Bring it back, Netflix!

Jun 7

Friday Reads!

wbnamerica:

Happy Friday Reads! We are reading Lock In by John Scalzi, what are you reading?

Yesterday I read Love in the Time of Cholera, and part of the New Yorker profile on John Green. 

Jun 7

10 Obnoxious Things People Say To Hard-Core Readers - BOOK RIOT

vintageanchorbooks:

*LUIGI DEATH STARE*

Once someone asked me how it was going with the book in my hand. I got really into explaining my feelings about the work (it was Catch-22), after which he said, “yea, I like him on Facebook.”

Other than that, I have to say I have never heard any variation of #7. No one has ever said to me I should be doing something else instead. 

I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.

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Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch (via quotes-shape-us)

Unfortunately I’m increasingly suspect of all epiphanies.

vintageanchorbooks:

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."—Mark Twain

vintageanchorbooks:

"My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it."
—Mark Twain

Every man must define his identity against his mother. If he does not, he just falls back into her and is swallowed up.

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Camille Paglia (via vintageanchorbooks)

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