"I don’t really deeply feel that anyone needs an airtight reason for quoting from the works of writers he loves, but it’s always nice, I’ll grant you, if he has one."
"Seymour: An Introduction", J.D. SalingerAsk me something literary.
She wanted to die, but she also wanted to live in Paris. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (via isisthornes)
The first duty of the novelist is to entertain. It is a moral duty. People who read your books are sick, sad, traveling, in the hospital waiting room while someone is dying. Books are written by the alone for the alone. Donna Tartt, author of The Secret History (via vintageanchorbooks)
I put it to the great man, the key to fictitious terror is partition or containment: so long as the Bates Motel is sealed off from our world, we want to peer in, like at a scorpion enclosure. But a film that shows the world is a Bates Motel, well, that’s… the stuff of Buchenwald, dystopia, depression. We’ll dip our toes in a predatory, amoral, godless universe—but only our toes. David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas (via starttofin)
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