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books read in 2013



"On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy. It is this largess that accounts for the presence within the city’s walls of a considerable section of the population; for the residents of Manhattan are to a large extent strangers who have pulled up stakes somewhere and come to town, seeking sanctuary or fulfillment or some greater or lesser grail. The capacity to make such dubious gifts is a mysterious quality of New York. It can destroy an individual, or it can fulfill him, depending a good deal on luck. No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky."  - Here Is New York, by E.B. White


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"I think we should be a bit wary of labelling certain techniques ‘experimental’ as if it’s just a set of tools one picks up to lend whatever you’re writing a trace of hipster cool… it’s like those superstores of ‘alternative’ hipster taste; American Outfitters and so on… I hate that idea. Everything I do is an attempt to get close to the real, as I experience it, and the closer you get to the reality of experience the more bizarre it SHOULD look on the page and sound in the mouth because our real experience doesn’t come packaged in a neat three act structure. For me, Joyce is the ultimate realist because he is trying to convey how experience really feels. And he found it to be so idiosyncratic he needed to invent a new language for it. All I was trying to do in NW was tell fewer lies then last time, and it came out the way it came out."  - Zadie Smith


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"All I ever did to that apartment was hang fifty yards of yellow theatrical silk across the bedroom windows, because I had some idea that the gold light would make me feel better, but I did not bother to weight the curtains correctly and all that summer the long panels of transparent golden silk would blow out the windows and get tangled and drenched in afternoon thunderstorms. That was the year, my twenty-eight, when I was discovering that not all of the promises would be kept, that some things are in fact irrevocable and that it had counted after all, every evasion and ever procrastination, every word, all of it."  - Joan Didion,Goodbye to All That” (via commovente)


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"The idea that sex is something a woman gives a man, and she loses something when she does that, which again for me is nonsense. I want us to raise girls differently where boys and girls start to see sexuality as something that they own, rather than something that a boy takes from a girl."  - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (NPR)


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"The Radletts were always either on a peak of happiness or drowning in the black waters of despair; their emotions were on no ordinary plane, they loved or they loathed, they laughed or they cried, they lived in a world of superlatives."  - Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love (via lillyandliberty)


"You think ‘Okay, I get it, I’m prepared for the worst’, but you hold out that small hope, see, and that’s what fucks you up. That’s what kills you."  - Stephen King. “Joyland”. (via fuckyeah-unclesteve)


"People want to see people that are flawed, who have their little successes and their little failures, as we all do in life. Every time I watch a woman wake up, flick her hair on the pillow, sit up and yawn gorgeously, it doesn’t make me think, ‘Life is beautiful’. It makes me think, ‘I’m so far away from what a woman should look like’. Do I want to watch something that makes me feel lonely and depressed?"  - Helen McCrory (via lauranoncrede)


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"Beauty is often treated as an essentially feminine subject, something trivial and frivolous that women are excessively concerned with. Men, meanwhile, are typically seen as having a straightforward and uncomplicated relationship with it: they are drawn to it. The implication is that this may be unfortunate—not exactly ideal morally—but it can’t be helped, because it’s natural, biological. This seems more than a little ironic. Women are not only subject to a constant and exhausting and sometimes humiliating scrutiny—they are also belittled for caring about their beauty, mocked for seeking to enhance or to hold onto their good looks, while men are just, well, being men."  - 'A First-Rate Girl': Yates, Franzen, and the Problem of Female Beauty : The New Yorker


"I object to the idea that it is mandatory to do a nude scene. In Game of Thrones it seems to be a rite of passage for a new female character — a friend of mine calls it “Game of Tits and Arse”. It’s a distracting thing, if you’ve got someone’s genitalia on screen the audience can’t concentrate. No one can out-act boobs… Could De Niro? Or Daniel Day-Lewis? I’ve turned down jobs where the nudity is gratuitous."  - Gemma Chan


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“The internet is not what I thought it was 20 years ago,” Williams said. “It’s not a utopian world. It’s essentially like a lot of other major technological revolutions that have taken place in the history of the world.” He compares it to, well, agriculture. “[Agriculture] made life better. It not only got people fed, it freed them up to do many more things — to create art and invent things.”

The rub is that we often take convenience too far. “Look at the technology of agriculture taken to an extreme — where we have industrialized farms that are not good for the environment or animals or nourishment,” he says. “Look at a country full of people who have had such convenient access to calories that they’re addicted, obese, and sick.” He likens this agricultural nightmare to our unhealthy obsession with internet numbers like retweets and likes and followers and friends.

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Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online


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