“A human is not really capable of creating really good works until he reaches eighty.” —Akira Kurosawa to Ingmar Bergman.
In writing you work toward a result you won’t see for years, and can’t be sure you’ll ever see. It takes stamina and self-mastery and faith. It demands those things of you, then gives them back with a little extra, a surprise to keep you coming. It toughens you and clears your head. I could feel it happening. I was saving my life with every word I wrote, and I knew it. — Tobias Wolfe (via writingquotes)
Paris Review – Life-Affirming Reads, Sadie Stein
Ray Bradbury Gives 12 Pieces of Writing Advice to Young Authors (2001)
He is either a genius or a freak, and it may not matter which, because his books are compulsively readable, created by a literary mind that seems to have no precedent. — http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/books/review/the-sugar-frosted-nutsack-by-mark-leyner.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
I feel as if I’m always on the verge of waking up. — Fernando Pessoa (via whyamimrpink)
(Source: wordswithinyou, via lovesimply-deactivated20140606)
'This Did Something Powerful to Me': Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books -
A few of my favorites, including the Naipaul, Kafka and Melville are there. Here are three more.
"My desert-island, all-time, top five most memorable split-ups, in chronological order:
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity
"I’ve always been a quitter."
T.C. Boyle, Budding Prospects.
First may I say, sorry for any werds I spel wrong. Because I am a fox!”
George Saunders, Fox 8 (Ok, two sentences!)
"Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be … when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am."
- Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
Jonathan Harris : Today