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Sun, 6th of April 2014

Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation is made on breath-seizing paragraphs [like the one above] that you try not to read over and over and over. (Try, try, try.) Funny, really, how you feel yourself snag on certain passages, and how it all seems like the beginning of a greater unraveling. (Tidy life, Sasha; remember your willfully well-ordered life.)

Sat, 5th of April 2014
Thu, 3rd of April 2014
There is a man who travels around the world trying to find places where you can stand still and hear no human sound. It is impossible to feel calm in cities, he believes, because we so rarely hear birdsong there. Our ears evolved to be our warning systems. We are on high alert in places where no birds sing. To live in a city is to be forever flinching.

— From Dept. of Speculation, by Jenny Offill.
Thu, 20th of March 2014

artburgac:

Shireen Qureshi.

Wed, 12th of March 2014
Everywhere there was an air of unhurried thoroughness, of people being engaged in a gigantic endeavor that could never be completed and mustn’t be rushed.

— Bill Bryson, on the Natural History Museum in London; from his A Short History on Nearly Everything. (Oh, that is the life.)
Wed, 12th of March 2014
She was a person you would not be surprised to find sitting by herself in a corner of the world where she didn’t belong, writing things in a notebook to prevent the rise of panic.

From “Hold Me Fast, Don’t Let Me Pass” by Alice Munro.

(via larmoyante)

Sun, 9th of March 2014
She’d been given something perfect—youth!—and done imperfect things with it. The moon shone whole then partial in the sky, having its life without her.

— From “Wings” by Lorrie Moore, collected in Bark.
Mon, 3rd of March 2014

sashawantsmore:

By Hope Gangloff.

Mon, 3rd of March 2014

sashawantsmore:

By Hope Gangloff.

Sun, 2nd of March 2014

mapsinchoate:

A Sensitive Naturefrom Descriptive Mentality from the Head Face and Hand by Holmes Whittier Merton, 1899. [x]

Sun, 2nd of March 2014
She was in contact with with her turmoil and with her ability to survive. How could that be anything less than emotional brilliance?

— From “Debarking” by Lorrie Moore, collected in Bark.
Sun, 2nd of March 2014
He wished this month had a less military verb for a name. Why March? How about a month named Skip? That could work.

— From “Debarking” by Lorrie Moore, collected in Bark. [x]
Sun, 2nd of March 2014

likeafieldmouse:

By Kenichi Hoshine.

Sun, 2nd of March 2014

Detail of The Chocolate Girl, by Jean-Etienne Liotard.

Sun, 2nd of March 2014

pre-raphaelisme:

Detail of Marion Collier (née Huxley) by John Maler Collier, 1882-1883.