"I saw the peculiar way America creeps up on you if you don’t have anything,” he told me. “It’s never rude. It’s just, Yes, you do have to work 14 hours. And yes, you do have to ride the bus home. You’re now the father of two and you will work in that cubicle or you will be dishonored. Suddenly the universe was laden with moral import, and I could intensely feel the limits of my own power. We didn’t have the money, and I could see that in order for me to get this much money, I would have to work for this many more years. It was all laid out in front of me, and suddenly absurdism wasn’t an intellectual abstraction, it was actually realism. You could see the way that wealth was begetting wealth, wealth was begetting comfort — and that the cumulative effect of an absence of wealth was the erosion of grace."
- George Saunders (via 100yearsoflolitude)
"Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole."
― Derek Walcott
Happy Birthday Derek Walcott!
Books that have a lower Goodreads rating than “Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World” by Dr. Phil McGraw
Herman Melville, Moby Dick.
Alice Munro, Lives of Girls and Women.
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot.
Toni Morrison, Beloved.
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest.
Kate Chopin, The Awakening.
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita.
Books that have a higher rating:
James Joyce, Dubliners.