When well told, a story captured the subtle movement of change. If a novel was a map of a country, a story was the bright silver pin that marked the crossroads.
To do is to be – Aristotle
To be or not to be – Shakespeare
To be is to do – Jean-Paul Sartre
Do be do be do – Frank Sinatra
Why is it so hard? It’s hard because it matters, I think.
It’s a case of mistaken identity. It’s one big mistake. You weren’t even in the country when it happened.
Now and then I am asked as to ‘what books a statesman should read,’ and my answer is, poetry and novels – including short stories under the head of novels.
There was a brown substance inside and Chase had no doubt: it was heroin. Only a tiny amount, but very pure.” – Cutting Right to the Chase Vol.2
She knew breaking up with Ethan was going to be a full-time job because being in a relationship with him had also been a full-time job.
Just forget for a minute that you have spectacles on your nose and autumn in your heart. Stop being tough at your desk and stammering with timidity in the presence of people. Imagine for one second that you raise hell in public and stammer on paper. You’re a tiger, a lion, a cat. You spend a night with a Russian woman and leave her satisfied. You’re twenty five. If rings had been fastened to the earth and sky, you’d have seized them and pulled the sky down to earth
In high school, she’d been the loner fat girl and I’d been the asshole jock. There had always been something between us; we had gotten on so easily. I remember being both confused and upset that when I’d finally experienced that thing everyone called chemistry, it had been with her of all people.
Any room in our house at any time in the day was there to read in or to be read to.