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David Shields was born in Los Angeles on this day in 1956

“Anything processed by memory is fiction.”
― David Shields

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Raymond Chandler and Frank Partos’s revised script for And Now Tomorrow, Paramount, 1943.

One of only five screenplays written by Chandler, this being the second, following his script for the classic “Double Indemnity” (1944), based on James M. Cain’s novel. 


Chandler had a tumultuous career in Hollywood, including a suspension in late 1945 from Paramount for “refusing to perform under a contract which is not a proper expression of my standing in the motion picture business,” but his influence on film adaptation is nearly unmatched, with scripts and stories that pushed the limits of the Production Code Administration.

Haruki Murakami inspires some pretty great fan art.

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(via The Elephant in Our Room)

LOS ANGELES — A central insight of James Baldwin’s writing had to do with the way racism diminished the racist as much or more than his victim. Ironically, Baldwin may have first realized this in his relationship with his step-father, a black man who thought Baldwin was physically ugly and that the attention and accolades he received in school — where he was immediately recognized as exceptional — were not to be taken at face value.

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"With the conditions of life on this planet changing everywhere faster and faster, the pressures of natural selection are everywhere increasing in intensity, daily and hourly, even on islands as remote as the Galapagos." —from “The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time” by Jonathan Weiner, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

"With the conditions of life on this planet changing everywhere faster and faster, the pressures of natural selection are everywhere increasing in intensity, daily and hourly, even on islands as remote as the Galapagos."
—from “The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time” by Jonathan Weiner, Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Economy in pleasure is not to my taste.
from History of My Life (1894), by Giacomo Casanova
If you don’t have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain’t getting them.
from BORN TO RUN: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, by Christopher McDougall

“To be desired is perhaps the closest anybody in this life can reach to feeling immortal.”
― John Berger