I turn down the corner of every other page in a good book, but here are some things that I think are especially beautiful, that I need to republish in cyberspace.

(I didn’t write any of this!! I give the authors full credit!! Don’t sue me!!!)

From “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay,” by Michael Chabon:

“As he watched Joe stand, blazing, on the fire escape, Sammy felt an ache in his chest that turned out to be, as so often occurs when memory and desire conjoin with a transient effect of weather, the pang of creation. The desire he felt, watching Joe, was unquestionably physical, but in the sense that Sammy wanted to inhabit the body of his cousin, not posses it. It was, in part, a longing… to be someone else; to be more than the result of two hundred regimens and scenarios and self-improvement campaigns that always ran afoul of his perennial inability to locate and actual self to be improved.” (113)

“The entire concept of taxicabs seems to strike Sammy as recherche and decadent, on par with the eating of songbirds.” (228)

Tommy’s “pajamas were patterned with red pinstripes and tiny blue escutcheons. Sammy was wearing a pair that had red escutcheons with blue pinstripes. That was Rosa’s idea of fostering a sense of connection between father and son. As any two people who have ever dressed in matching pajamas will attest, it was surprisingly effective.” (471)

“Their families were chaotic things, loud and distempered, fueled by anger and the exigencies of the wise-guy attitude, and since the same was true of New York City itself, it was hard not to believe that a patch of green grass and a rational floor plan might go a long way to soothing the jangling bunch of raw nerves they felt their families had become.” (472)

From “The Places That Scare You,” by Pema Chodron:

“Never underestimate our inclination to bolt when we hurt.”

“Interrupting our destructive habits and awakening our heart is the work of a lifetime.”

“Never underestimate the power of compassionately recognizing what’s going on.”


From As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

“It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. That’s how the world is going to end.” (38)

“He looks like a figure carved clumsily from tough wood by a drunken caricaturist.” (156)

Rebecca wants to play this game too!!

Though this isn’t part of my 100in2011, “Gone with the Wind” quickly rose to my favorites list when I read it in the fall of 2010. And Margaret Mitchell says it pretty damn beautifully with,

“She was the only dream I ever had that lived and breathed and didn’t die in the face of reality.”


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