You should never read just for enjoyment. Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick hard books. Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god’s sake, don’t let me ever hear you say, I can’t read fiction. I only have time for the truth. Fiction is the truth, fool! Ever hear of literature? That means fiction, too, stupid.
My baby sister made up a rap for me…
Ain’t got money in my pocket, I’m like whatever!
See british boys walking on the street, I’m like, heck yeah!
It seemed like you could know me. Like you could understand anything I told you. And the more we spoke, I knew why. The same things excited us. The same things concerned us.
I am instinctively hostile to any kind of devotion. Certainty is my enemy. You know, I’m all about doubt, questioning one’s self and the nature of reality. Constantly.
― Anthony Bourdain
You will see you have an underlying tone and plot to your life underneath the one you’ve been told. Circular and image bound. Something near tragic, near unbearable, but contained by your irreducible imagination — who would have thought of it but you — your ability to metamorphose like organic material in contact with changing elements. The rocks. They carry the chronology of water. All things simultaneously living and dead in your hands.
― Things that are so beautiful they hurt (via getkissed
It is not easy to leave one self and embrace another. Your freedoms will scar you. Maybe even kill you. Or one of your yous. It’s OK though. There are more.
How many times do we die?
Words, like selves, are worth it.
[Roxane Gay: What do you look for in a memoir? What stands out to you as ‘good’?]
Lidia Yuknavitch: I look for the moment(s) in the story where the writer risked abandoning the glory of the self in favor of the possible relationship with an other.