Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. George Bernard Shaw
millionsmillions: Ever spent the whole day reading The Hunger Games and then found yourself paranoid that a tribute was following you? Don’t worry; you aren’t crazy. Turns out that reading a really gripping novel can cause our brains to believe we are in the body of the protagonist, and this effect can last for days …
Mark Yakich answered the question “what is a poem?” for the Atlantic: When we come across a poem—any poem—our first assumption should not be to prejudice it as a thing of beauty, but simply as a thing. The linguists and theorists tells us that language is all metaphor in the first place. The word “apple” …
It didn’t seem to be summer any more. I could feel the winter shaking my bones and banging my teeth together, and the big white hotel towel I had dragged down with me lay under my head numb as a snowdrift. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar (via larmoyante)
slaughterhouse90210: “In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.” ― Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness
A book is not completed till it’s read. Salman Rushdie
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity. Herman Hesse (via petitefeministe) Without words sure, but the two points would deny oral cultures their history and humanity.