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“The sun, coming hard around the world: the island rises from the sea, sinks, rises, holds.”― Peter Matthiessen, Far Tortuga

“The sun, coming hard around the world: the island rises from the sea, sinks, rises, holds.”
― Peter MatthiessenFar Tortuga

I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.
Nancy Mitford
“Life was neither something you defended by hiding nor surrendered calmly on other people’s terms, but something you lived bravely, out in the open, and that if you had to lose it, you should lose it on your own terms.” ― Edwidge Danticat, The Dew Breaker

“Life was neither something you defended by hiding nor surrendered calmly on other people’s terms, but something you lived bravely, out in the open, and that if you had to lose it, you should lose it on your own terms.” 
― Edwidge DanticatThe Dew Breaker

Happy birthday to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! She was born in Enugu, Nigeria on this day in 1977.

“Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It’s a pity if someone… has to console himself for the wreck of his days with the notion that somehow his voice, his work embodies the deepest, most obscure, freshest, rawest oyster of reality in the unfathomable refrigerator of the heart’s ocean, but I am such a one, and there you have it.
Leonard Cohen, Stranger Music

*fingers crossed*

The script of Chinatown that Towne delivered perplexed its best supporters. Evans and Nicholson joked together how they couldn’t follow its twists and turns. Roman Polanski, the director Evans had hired to make the film, was equally at a loss, and sure that he had to take drastic measures to make it “work.” Rewrites from Towne didn’t clarify enough. Executives at Paramount were advising Evans not to make the picture, or not to attach himself to it so personally. And, of course, Paramount could have elected not to make the movie–they owned it, and thus they had the right of refusal. Evans stuck by it: “I knew I had Nicholson locked, and, even though I didn’t understand the script, I knew Towne was a great writer. I felt like a blind gambler wanting to throw back-to-back sevens.”
from THE WHOLE EQUATION: A History of Hollywood by David Thomson

The script of Chinatown that Towne delivered perplexed its best 
supporters. Evans and Nicholson joked together how they couldn’t follow 
its twists and turns. Roman Polanski, the director Evans had hired to 
make the film, was equally at a loss, and sure that he had to take 
drastic measures to make it “work.” Rewrites from Towne didn’t clarify 
enough. Executives at Paramount were advising Evans not to make the 
picture, or not to attach himself to it so personally. And, of course, 
Paramount could have elected not to make the movie–they owned it, and 
thus they had the right of refusal. Evans stuck by it: “I knew I had 
Nicholson locked, and, even though I didn’t understand the script, I 
knew Towne was a great writer. I felt like a blind gambler wanting to 
throw back-to-back sevens.”

from THE WHOLE EQUATION: A History of Hollywood by David Thomson

Whenever you see a toad jumping in broad daylight, then know that something is after its life.
from Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe
There’s a fine line between forgetting an event, and suppressing the memory of it.
Jonathan CoeThe House of Sleep