“All my dreams are incredibly naive. I have a child’s understanding of market forces and real estate, but I’ve been despondent over the city’s extreme affluence. I understand how hospitable New York can be to the aspiring hedge funder, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how young people with dreams of making art are even managing to come here any more. And without them, the city will become like everywhere else. More subways, fewer cars, maybe? Affordable housing, blah blah, perhaps a more mindful approach before we efface the neighborhoods and districts that provided specific services and made the city unique and perfect and replace them with open-plan loft condos all sporting the same Wenge-cabinetry kitchens, for god’s sake. New York is breaking my heart. I’ve often said that it’s like having a really interesting boyfriend suddenly becoming really, really into wine, and having to have endless conversations about it.” —David Rakoff (1964-2012). (via andthenitripped)
“While there’s a world of self-contained graphic novels (books like David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp or Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home), the majority of comics are serialized–and that’s where things can get hairy. Every Wednesday, hundreds of issues of comic books are released. For the most part, each issue of a particular title builds off the previous one. This has pretty much been the case since Action Comics #1, starring Superman, hit newsstands in 1938. But fear not, Grasshopper! I’m here to make things a bit more accessible and a lot less scary.” —Let’s Get Graphic: An Introduction to Comic Books (via bookriot)
“I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Ice Palace (via concocted)
“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” —E.L. Doctorow (via writingquotes)
I use CloudOn when I write on my iPad. You can connect to your dropbox and save everything in there. It's free and you write in Microsoft Word.
Thanks for the pointer!
hey rachel i´ve just read your hello giggles entry about paper passion. actually steidl is located in my hometown in germany and i got the chance to smell the fragrance. i just wanted to share that you don´t have to be sorry for not having it! it´s a huge letdown! it doesn´t smell like paper or ink- at all. i love the smell of books, too so i was excited about the fragrance. the package is fancy but that´s pretty much it. so, be glad you didn´t spend your money :) greetings from germany, stef
Greetings Stef! Thanks for the heads up though it makes me sad. I might still give it a try someday. :)
“This is not just a social issue. This is an economic issue for millions of women. Research has shown a clear link between women’s ability to control their fertility thanks to contraception and increased female employment.” —Paul Ryan’s Budget Deals a Body Blow to Women’s Bottom Line | The Nation (via rebeccaschinsky)
“But why are we even framing criticism as either negative or positive? The most interesting book reviews are those that make me think, the reviews that bring out interesting themes in a work. Good criticism is not merely about liking or disliking a book or exploring a book’s merits and failings. Good criticism, for me, is about trying to understand how the book works and what it offers, or doesn’t, to contemporary culture, where the book fits within a tradition, and how it speaks to history.” —from “Twitter isn’t killing books” by Roxane Gay. (via readandbreathe)