26 11 / 2013

vintageanchorbooks:

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20 10 / 2013

authorarvin:

Snacks of the Great Scribblers - NYT

authorarvin:

Snacks of the Great Scribblers - NYT

(via literaryartifacts)

30 4 / 2013

"Shame is the work of memory against forgetting."

Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer

13 7 / 2012

"

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for the Short Story

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

"

via advicetowriters.com (via kadrey)

(via bhumithelion)

06 7 / 2012

"“Total risk, freedom, discipline” has become my mantra. Those four words say more about my daily life as a writer than the empty term “process” can begin to suggest."

Constance Hale, author of the forthcoming Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing (via wwnorton)

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01 7 / 2012

vintageanchor:

“You who think of us: they lived only in delusion… Know that we the People of the Book, will never die!”  ― Czesław Miłosz

vintageanchor:

“You who think of us: they lived only in delusion… Know that we the People of the Book, will never die!”
Czesław Miłosz

(Source: vintageanchorbooks)

27 6 / 2012

spencerlewis:

Words to live by from Papa.

spencerlewis:

Words to live by from Papa.

26 5 / 2012

"A good writer is basically a storyteller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind."

Isaac Bashevis Singer, Polish-born American author

25 5 / 2012

galeriakrakow:

Adam Zagajewski - SZEWSKA

galeriakrakow:

Adam Zagajewski - SZEWSKA

23 5 / 2012

prefontainorade:

original photo: flickr/denisstuff

AND DON’T BE SORRY.

prefontainorade:

original photo: flickr/denisstuff

AND DON’T BE SORRY.

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20 5 / 2012

Karmelicka Street, a sky-blue tram, the sun,

September, the first day after vacation,

some have come home from long trips,

armored divisions enter Poland,

children off to school dressed in their best,

white and navy blue, like sails and sea,

like memory and grapes and inspiration.

The trees stand at attention, honoring

the power of young minds that haven’t yet

known fire and sleep and can do what they want,

nothing can stop them

(not counting invisible limits).

The trees greet the young respectfully,

but you—be truthful—envy

that starting out, that setting off

from home, from childhood, from the sweet darkness

that tastes of almonds, raisins, and poppyseeds,

you stop in the store for bread

and then walk home, unhurried,

whistling and humming carelessly;

your school still hasn’t started,

the teachers have gone, the masters remain,

distant as summer, your sleep sails through the clouds

across the sky.



Read more http://www.newyorker.com/fiction/poetry/2007/10/08/071008po_poem_zagajewski#ixzz1vTCref86

06 5 / 2012

"Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."

Chekhov (via wwnorton)

24 4 / 2012

"If she did wild or wicked things, it is because she could not help them."

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway  (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: plaudertascherei, via thatkindofwoman)

18 4 / 2012

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13 4 / 2012

vintageanchor:

“Somewhere, within her, in a deep recess, crouched discontent. She began to lose confidence in the fullness of her life, the glow began to fade from her conception of it. As the days multiplied, her need of something, something vaguely familiar, but which she could not put a name to and hold for definite examination, became almost intolerable. She went through moments of overwhelming anguish. She felt shut in, trapped.”  ―Nella Larsen, Quicksand  Today we celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of Chicago native and novelist Nella Larsen (1891-1964), one of the great writers of the Harlem Renaissance, and author of many short stories, and the novellas PASSING, and QUICKSAND.

Passing changed me. 

vintageanchor:

“Somewhere, within her, in a deep recess, crouched discontent. She began to lose confidence in the fullness of her life, the glow began to fade from her conception of it. As the days multiplied, her need of something, something vaguely familiar, but which she could not put a name to and hold for definite examination, became almost intolerable. She went through moments of overwhelming anguish. She felt shut in, trapped.”
―Nella Larsen, Quicksand

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of Chicago native and novelist Nella Larsen (1891-1964), one of the great writers of the Harlem Renaissance, and author of many short stories, and the novellas PASSING, and QUICKSAND.

Passing changed me. 

(Source: vintageanchorbooks)