“Sometimes I sensed that the books I read in rapid succession had set up some sort of murmur among themselves, transforming my head into an orchestra pit where different musical instruments sounded out, and I would realize that I could endure this life because of these musicales going on in my head.”—Orhan Pamuk, The New Life (via bookoasis)
First, I would have her be beautiful,
and walking carefully up on my poetry
at the loneliest moment of an afternoon,
her hair still damp at the neck
from washing it. She should be wearing
a raincoat, an old one, dirty
from not having money enough for the cleaners.
She will take out her glasses, and there
in the bookstore, she will thumb
over my poems, then put the book back
up on its shelf. She will say to herself,
“For that kind of money, I can get
my raincoat cleaned.” And she will.
”—Ted Kooser, “Selecting a Reader” (via bookoasis)
“I hate this ‘Facebook revolution’ stuff. I really strongly object to it. You can sit at your computer all day long, and you’re never going to get anything done in terms of bringing down a government. What happens is when people got up and went into the streets.”—The New York Times’ Cairo bureau chief, David Kirkpatrick (via nprfreshair)
Only in America would there be a massacre in a movie theater followed by a national discussion not about assault weapons and extended magazines, but about violent movies and whether or not people should be allowed to wear costumes when they watch them.