"Don’t take any advice. Write based on who you are and what you’ve learned from the books you have enjoyed the most."
There’s a great amount of power present in reading something where the writer is standing right there behind the sentences, saying, “This is true.”"Don’t ever cave in to the pressure of publishers or agents… Do what you want to do and don’t worry if it’s a little odd or doesn’t fit the market."
For several years, I’ve been compiling an evolving library of timeless advice on writing from more than one hundred of the craft’s greatest masters, dead and alive — authors like Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Neil Gaiman, Joan Didion, Ernest Hemingway, David Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith, and dozens more I am rich in liquid currency
It is only the impossible that is possible for God. He has given over the possible to the mechanics of matter and the autonomy of his creatures.
— Simone Weil, born on this date in 1909
“In life that is truly life, everything overlaps and merges.” Art as experience
One feels as if one were lying bound hand and foot at the bottom of a deep dark Vrbov well, utterly helpless ...
Flood insurance: “$7.8 Million Fee For Lawyers, 7-Cent Check For One Lucky Class Member” [Daniel Fisher]
Robin Hood in a Time of Austerity London Review of Books
Putin is a bigger threat to Europe’s existence than Isis Guardian. George Soros is taking his message on the road…and blaming Putin for the refugee mess!
“Making art is all about humans and our psychology: who we are, how we behave, what we do with the hand we’ve been dealt. It’s closer to your own bone when it’s a memoir, but the bone is still the bone.” Why We Write About Ourselves: Some of Today’s Most Celebrated Writers on the Art of Telling Personal Stories That Unravel Universal Truth
'These drugs were concealed inside art supplies housed in five storage units in Sydney in the suburbs of Miranda, Hurstville, Padstow and Kingsgrove,' Mr Sheehan said. -
Ice worth $1 billion seized
Parramatta Mob of Boys in Massive Street Brawm
Now Manchester is exceptionally fortunate for those who are blessed with these desires [to go on long walks] and who will seize their opportunity. In a few hours we can be in the heart of the loveliest parts of Derbyshire. For inexpensive week-ends, for good walkers, the finest of Welsh or Lake Country scenery can be at our feet in a little more time. During Saturday afternoon, Sunday, and Monday, losing only one day from work hours, and with a pound in your pocket, you can enjoy, if you have the capacity, the finest things our islands afford. Indeed, some of our most enchanting experiences have been gained for a much smaller sum. You form a good plan — that is essential if you are to get to the heart of the best in nature — you take your Sunday midday meal in your satchel, and you trudge along to your heart's delight, wet or fine. That is one fine way to keep sane, to build up character, to enjoy keenly the best about us. Our current temptations to money-spending do not result in half the joy and satisfaction of these simpler, truer methods.According to the Bank of England inflation calculator, a "pound in your pocket" in 1911 would be the equivalent of about £105 today
A hard-working labourer was asked by the clergyman of his parish why he got so drunk every week-end when he drew his wages. Said he, "It's the shortest way out of Manchester." We found ways not so short but much more effectual.
The SAS storming the Iranian Embassy to free hostages taken by terrorists. London. 1980
Last week Sigrun at Sub Rosa mentioned a really good book she is reading, The Art of Slow Writing by Louise DeSalvo. She mentioned it in the frame of thinking about the ideal writing life and Virginia Woolf’s “room of one’s own,” how this room is something that is pretty close to a fantasy for most of us.
Mr Morrison also categorically ruled out introducing a GST increase after the next election, declaring “the times are not right” for the proposal.
*Address to the National Press Club
The Water Knife The scariest thing about The Water Knife is that Bacigalupi’s book is completely plausible. The story takes place in an undated but clearly not too distant future.