The Trouble With Living Things

I was never allowed to have a cat. Except for one brief moment, when I was five years old. My mother and her boyfriend rented a farm house where we did not farm anything. We had a couple of dogs. One…

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There is no way that writers can be tamed and rendered civilized or even cured. The only solution known to science is to provide the patient with an isolation room, where he can endure the acute stages in private and where food can be poked in to him with a stick. — Robert A. Heinlein
I’m either going to be a writer or a bum. — Carl Sandburg
Most people don’t see what’s going on around them. That’s my principal message to writers: ‘For God’s sake, keep your eyes open. Notice what’s going on around you’. — William S. Burroughs
Don’t give up on books. They feel so good — their friendly heft. The sweet reluctance of their pages when you turn them with your sensitive fingertips. A large part of our brains is devoted to deciding whether what our hands are touching is good or bad for us. Any brain worth a nickel knows books are good for us. — Kurt Vonnegut
The person may have a scar, but it also means they have a story. — Jodi Picoult
Misanthropes have some admirable if paradoxical virtues. It is no exaggeration to say that we are among the nicest people you are likely to meet. Because good manners build sturdy walls, our distaste for intimacy makes us exceedingly cordial ‘ships that pass in the night’. As long as you remain a stranger we will be your friend forever. — Florence King
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited. — Jorge Luis Borges
Be authentic to your dreams. Be authentic to your own idea about yourself. Grind away at your own minds and bodies until you become your own invention. Be mad scientists. — Warren Ellis
The masses-I love em-they rush for red lights, risking everything to capture a few seconds, only to get home and waste their lives. — Arthur Nersesian
Anything can happen in life, especially nothing. — Michel Houellebecq