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I was scared —

"Come on, Joe!" This time it was Carol. She had changed into denims, probably designed by Edith Head, and she looked flushed and pretty. Joe looked at me. He wanted to look out for me, and suddenly I felt more terrified than at any time since I woke up on that hunting trip up north. After a while, being somebody’s responsibility makes them hate you, and I was scared that Joe might hate me someday. I didn’t know all that then, not at twelve, but I sensed some of it.

— Rage | Stephen King

— 2 months ago
#book quotes  #stephen king  #rage  #responsibility 
"I’ve noticed that pretty girls make the best lion tamers, too."
Rage | Stephen King
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#book quotes  #stephen king  #taming lions  #pretty girls  #rage 
"He asked, “What makes a writer?” “Well,” I said, “it’s simple. You either get it down on paper, or jump off a bridge."
Charles Bukowski (via superlen)

(Source: wordsthat-speak, via punch-in-the-face-poetry)

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"My mother had trouble choosing and sticking but she was initially good at everything, particularly anything involving her hands; the bed she made was so perfect that for years I slept on top of the sheets because I did not want to wreck her amazing exactness by putting a body inside it."
The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake | Aimee Bender
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#book quotes  #aimee bender  #the particular sadness of lemon cake  #mothers  #perfection 
"Her outrage was so large it carried with it a tinge of presentation, the way a person feigning surprise at a known surprise party will make a grander expression than one truly surprised."
The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake | Aimee Bender
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#book quotes  #aimee bender  #the particular sadness of lemon cake  #perfect outrage 
"Poetry Punishes You For Your Absence," Julianna Baggot

punch-in-the-face-poetry:

She’s not an easy lover who simply
tilts her head when you appear on the front stoop.

You hope the porch light will cast heavenly redemption
like a church-basement Christmas pageant.

No, there’s scowling, silence. And when finally
she takes you to the tub to wash away the world’s filth,

you’re always shocked, no matter how many times
you’ve strayed, that she doesn’t gently cup your head,

but dunks it, again and again,
a baptism that just won’t take.

(Source: thesouthernreview.org)

— 3 months ago with 65 notes
#poetry  #writing  #not an easy lover  #oof 
"I said, “Will she be the same?”
The old woman guffawed, as if I had said the funniest thing in the universe. “Nothing’s ever the same,” she said. “Be it a second later or a hundred years. It’s always churning and roiling. And people change as much as oceans.”"
The Ocean at the End of the Lane | Neil Gaiman
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#the ocean at the end of the lane  #neil gaiman  #book quotes  #change 
"Lettie shrugged. ‘Nobody actually looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.’"
The Ocean at the End of the Lane | Neil Gaiman
— 3 months ago with 5 notes
#the ocean at the end of the lane  #book quotes  #neil gaiman  #people are complicated  #simplicity 
"'Thats the trouble with living things. Don't last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together…'"
The Ocean at the End of the Lane | Neil Gaiman
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#book quotes  #neil gaiman  #the ocean at the end of the lane  #truthbomb 
"The old woman gave me a lump of honeycomb, from the Hempstock’s own beehive, on a chipped saucer, and poured a little cream over it from a jug. I ate it with a spoon, chewing the wax like gum, letting the honey flow into my mouth, sweet and sticky with an aftertaste of wildflowers."
The Ocean at the end of the Lane | Neil Gaiman
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#neil gaiman  #book quotes  #delicious words  #the ocean at the end of the lane  #beautiful prose  #honeycomb 
Oh, my gosh! I got mail from the Internet! This happymail from Mike & Ali totally, completely made my day. Thanks, you guys!

Oh, my gosh! I got mail from the Internet! This happymail from Mike & Ali totally, completely made my day. Thanks, you guys!

— 3 months ago with 6 notes
#mikerastiello  #diva-ali  #lolpostage  #happymail  #iittala  #taika 
"When you don’t want to write, set an egg timer for one hour (or half hour) and sit down to write until the timer rings. If you still hate writing, you’re free in an hour."
— 4 months ago with 2 notes
#chuck palahniuk  #writing  #writerly thoughts  #writing tips 
You need to go back to bed.

She scrambled on top of me, sitting Indian-style on my shins, and before I could stop her, the girl leaned in an planted another kiss on me, her hands clasping the sides of my head. I was almost too tired to do anything about it, but managed to grab her shoulders and pull her away.

"You need to go back to bed."

"You don’t think I’m pretty?"

"You’re gorgeous."

She was inches from my face, really squinting, as if it were a section of a globe she’d never closely inspected before, an ocean filled with strings of unnamed islands.

— Night Film | Marisha Pessl

— 4 months ago with 2 notes
#night film  #book quotes  #marisha pessl  #kisses 
"The girl gave the most premium of hugs—skinny arms clamped around your neck like zip ties, bony knees bumping against yours. It was like she was trying to get an indelible impression of you to take away with her forever."
Night Film | Marisa Pessl
— 4 months ago with 2 notes
#night film  #Marisha Pessl  #hugs  #the best hugs  #book quotes