Planning Ahead Can Make a Difference in the End
You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your...
[I bite my tongue and torch my dreams.]
when you're dying
When you’re dying, I bet you listen to tons of music while reading tons of books. You definitely stop buying clothes. You probably spend significantly less time with people. You move to New York and rent some shitty, tiny apartment on the Lower East Side or in Brooklyn or something — not someplace you’d decorate, and not someplace too far from Union Square because, as crowded as...
Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity
Daughter: His Young Heart →
[just reading and editing and listening to this on repeat. all day.]
I had to walk away; I couldn’t even be mad. He’s just a person, and he’s doing the best he can.
The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism →
Jonah Lehrer: How do we identify good ideas? →
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon: Women entrepreneurs, example not exception
how awkward would it be for me to email a guy I haven’t otherwise spoken to in months to ask if he has one of my books? [that awkward moment when you realize that guy you slept with/dated/etc. several months ago has one of your books.]
Of course I know that writers, like everyone else, have to pay the bills. But I...– Zinsser, dropping knowledge on all ye prospective writers. Read. (via theamericanscholar)
Casual Dating for Defeatists: A Survival Guide →
You might think it’s quirky and endearing, especially if you’ve just finished a lengthy conversation about Liz Lemon, and maybe one day it will be. For now though, nothing cuts a date short like tipping the hand of your neuroses. Hold it in, even if that means you cry all the way home because you’re pretty sure there’s no cat heaven.
These things are usually simple. It’s the best song on your iPod. It’s the first...– The Frenemy
Dear friend, This morning it really hit me that you’re gone. This morning I woke up and reached for my phone — I couldn’t wait to tell you about my night, about the conversation and the dancing and the boy whose breath currently brushed my neck. As I leaned onto my elbow, pushed my hair away from my face, and scanned the room for my phone, I felt the knot my stomach. It was at...
It’s amazing I’ve lived this long without destroying a person.– Maurice Sendak to Stephen Colbert
if serious reading dwindles to near nothingness, it will probably mean that the...– Don DeLillo | Letter to Jonathan Franzen
ellie goulding x portland cello project x kanye...
silence, however, is only a useful statement if someone, somewhere, expects your...– Jonathan Franzen | How to be Alone
depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in...– Jonathan Franzen | How to be Alone.
this weekend was spent with old friends — friends who have been around for nearly a decade and a half. though I enjoy meeting new people and exploring new cities, sometimes it’s equally important to connect with your roots. friday night: restaurant week crab cakes. wading through manhattan snow on saturday, followed by drinks and snacks at the tippler. sunday was for music,...
… overly intense and short term is the perfect combination if you’re...– Alison Agosti | The Art of Getting Really Dumped [this quote is poignant. the entire story is absolutely hilarious.]
Here’s the truth: friendships between women are often the deepest and most...– Transformation and Transcendence: The Power of Female Friendship
in the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but...– Don DeLillo | Letter to Jonathan Franzen