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  • Finished reading: The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi ๐Ÿ“š

  • Currently reading: Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr ๐Ÿ“š

  • Finished reading: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa ๐Ÿ“š

  • Finished reading: A Thousand Brains by Jeff Hawkins ๐Ÿ“š

  • Currently reading: The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa ๐Ÿ“š

  • Currently reading: The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi ๐Ÿ“š

  • Finished reading: Mickey7 by Edward Ashton ๐Ÿ“š

  • Daily Alice

    Come from his burial, none knew where but she, Daily Alice came among them like daybreak, her tears like day-odorous dew. They swallowed tears and wonder before her presence, and made to leave; but no one would say later that she hadn’t smiled for them, and made them glad with her blessing, as they parted. They sighed, some yawned, they took hands; they took themselves by twos and threes away to where she sent them, to rocks, fields, streams and woods, to the four corners of the earth, their kingdom new-made.

    Then Alice walked alone there, by where the moist ground was marked with the dark circle of their dance, her skirts trailing damp in the sparkling grasses. She thought that if she could she might take away this summer day, this one day, for him; but he wouldn’t have liked her to do that and she could not do it anyway. So instead she would make it, which she could do, this her anniversary day, a day of such perfect brilliance, a morning so new, an afternoon so endless, that the whole world would remember it ever after.

    • excerpt from Little, Big by John Crowley ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ’ฌ

    Little Big book cover Barnes and Noble

  • Finished reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š

  • Currently reading: Mickey7 by Edward Ashton ๐Ÿ“š

  • Thank you

    On his wedding day, he and Daily Alice had gone among the guests seated on the grass, and many of them had given gifts, and all of them had said โ€œThank you.โ€ Thank you: because Smoky was willing, willing to take on this task, to take exception to none of it, to live his life for the convenience of others in whom he had never even quite believed, and spend his substance bringing about the end of a Tale in which he did not figure. And so he had; and he was still willing: but there had never been a reason to thank him. Because whether they knew it or not, he knew that Alice would have stood beside him on that day and wed him whether they had chosen him for her or not, would have defied them to have him. He was sure of it.

    • excerpt from Little, Big by John Crowley ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ’ฌ

    Little Big book cover Barnes and Noble

  • Currently reading: A Thousand Brains by Jeff Hawkins ๐Ÿ“š

  • One Step

    The morning was huge, and went on in all directions before her, and blew coldly past her into the house. She stood a long time in the open doorway, thinking: one step. One step, which will seem to be a step away, but which will not be; one step into the rainbow, a step she had long ago taken, and which could not be untaken, every other step was only further. She took one step. Out on the lawn, amid the rags of mist, a little dog ran toward her, leaping and barking excitedly.

    โ€“ excerpt from Little, Big by John Crowley ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ’ฌ

    Little Big book cover Barnes and Noble

  • Finished reading: Little, Big by John Crowley ๐Ÿ“š

  • Currently reading: Signs and Wonders by Philip Gulley ๐Ÿ“š

  • &

    There was a time when we did not form all words as now we do, in writing on a page. There was a time when the word โ€œ&โ€ was written with several distinct & separate letters. It seems madness now. But there it is, & there is nothing we can do about it. Humanity learnt to ride the rails, & that motion made us what we are, a ferromaritime people. The lines of the rail sea go everywhere but from one place straight to another. It is always switchback, junction, coils, around & over our own train-trails. What word better could there be to symbolize the rail sea that connects & separates all lands, than โ€œ&โ€ itself? Where else does the rail sea take us but to this place & that one & that one & that one, & so on? & what better embodies, in the sweep of the pen, the recurved motion of trains, than โ€œ&โ€? An efficient route from where we start to where we end would make the word the tiniest line. But it takes a veering route, up & backwards, overshooting & correcting, back down again south & west, crossing its own earlier path, changing direction, another overlap, to stop, finally, a few hairsโ€™ widths from where we began. & tacks & yaws, switches on its way to where itโ€™s going, as we all must do.

    • excerpt from China Mievilleโ€™s Railsea ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ’ฌ

    Railsea book cover npr

  • Currently reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š

  • Currently reading: Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov ๐Ÿ“š

  • Dream

    โ€œI dream everyone in the world is asleep, dreaming. I dream frost patterns on a temple bell. I dream bright water dripping from the spear of Izanagi, and the alchemy that transforms these drips into the land we call Japan. I dream the Pleiades, and flying fish, and speckled eggs in nests. I dream of skin flakes in keyboard gullies. I dream cities and the ovaries they issue from. I dream lovers who glimpse each other long before they become lovers, and I dream the songs they fall in love to, and I dream the songwriters who find the songs. I dream a mind in eight parts, and a compass rose. I dream of a girl, drowning, resigned to her fate now that she knows that there is no possibility of being saved by her brother. Her willowy body is passed from current to current, tide to tide, until it has dissolved into pure blue; and I am sorry, but she knows I am sorry, and she wants me to let her go because she does not want me to drown too, which I will, if I spend the rest of my life looking for her. I dream of a stone whale, of barnacles on the whale, watching it all. When my dream falters, all the world questions its own substance, so it is no surprise that I also dream the message bubbling from the stone whaleโ€™s blowhole.โ€This is the National Seismology Bureau, interrupring this program to bring you an emergency news flash โ€ฆ โ€

    โ€• Number Nine Dream by David Mitchell ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ’ฌ

    book cover Number 9 Dream from overdrive

  • This morningโ€™s walk at Holy Hill ๐Ÿ“ท

  • water

    โ€œI keep thinking about this river somewhere, with the water moving really fast. And these two people in the water, trying to hold onto each other, holding on as hard as they can, but in the end itโ€™s just too much. The currentโ€™s too strong. Theyโ€™ve got to let go, drift apart. Thatโ€™s how it is with us. Itโ€™s a shame, Kath, because weโ€™ve loved each other all our lives. But in the end, we canโ€™t stay together forever.โ€

    โ€• Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ’ฌ

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  • DeCordova Museum ๐Ÿ“ท

    DeCordova Museum ๐Ÿ“ท

  • How sad the evening earth

    โ€œHow sad the evening earth! How mysterious the mists over the swamps! He who has wandered in these mists, he who has suffered much before death, he who has flown over this earth bearing on himself too heavy a burden, knows it. The weary man knows it. And without regret he leaves the mists of the earth, its swamps and rivers, with a light heart he gives himself into the hands of death, knowing that she alone can bring him peace.โ€

    From Mikhail Bulgakov. โ€œTHE MASTER AND MARGARITAโ€ ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ’ฌ

    Master and Margarita book cover Barnes Noble

  • Backyard in winter ๐Ÿ“ท

    Backyard in winter

  • Cool Showers

    Landsman, of course, is sorry, too. He has already apologized to her several times, alone and in the presence of others, orally and in writing, formally in measured phrases and in untrammeled spasms: Sorry Iโ€™m sorry Iโ€™m so, so sorry. He has apologized for his craziness, his erratic behavior, his glooms and jags, for the years of round-robin exaltation and despair. He has apologized for leaving her, and for begging her to take him back again, and for breaking down the door to their old apartment when she declined to do so. He has abased himself, and rent his garments, and groveled at her shoes. Most of the time Bina has, good and caring woman that she is, offered Landsman the words he wanted to hear. He has prayed to her for rain, and she has sent cool showers. But what he really requires is a flood to wash his wickedness from the face of the earth. That or the blessing of a yid who will never bless anyone again.

    • excerpt from Michael Chabon. โ€œThe Yiddish Policemenโ€™s Unionโ€. ๐Ÿ“š ๐Ÿ’ฌ

    Yiddish Policemen’s Union book cover Harper Collins