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That Old Saying – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 29th, 2012 · Comments Off on That Old Saying – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Love, Quotes, Writing

You nod and watch her. She is an exceptionally beautiful girl. You think of that old saying Show me a beautiful girl and I’ll show you someone who is tired of fucking her. You doubt you would have ever tired of her, though.

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A Mouth LIke Unswept Glass – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Mouth LIke Unswept Glass – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Writing

The newest girl’s called Samantha and she’s a problem. She’s dark and heavy-browed and has a mouth like unswept glass—when you least expect it she cuts you.

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Heart Plunging – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on Heart Plunging – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Love, Writing

Yes—it’s an opposites-attract sort of thing, it’s a great-sex sort of thing, it’s a no-thinking sort of thing. It’s wonderful! Wonderful! Until one June day Alma discovers that you are also fucking this beautiful freshman girl named Laxmi, discovers the fucking of Laxmi because she, Alma, the girlfriend, opens your journal and reads. (Oh, she […]

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A Fourth Dimension Beyond Jeans – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 27th, 2012 · Comments Off on A Fourth Dimension Beyond Jeans – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Writing

YOU, YUNIOR, HAVE A GIRLFRIEND named Alma, who has a long tender horse neck and a big Dominican ass that seems to exist in a fourth dimension beyond jeans. An ass that could drag the moon out of orbit. An ass she never liked until she met you. Ain’t a day that passes that you […]

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She’s Sensitive – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz

November 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on She’s Sensitive – “This Is How You Lose Her”, Junot Diaz · Description, Writing

She’s sensitive, too. Takes to hurt the way water takes to paper.

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On Scott Fitzgerald – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on On Scott Fitzgerald – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Description, Literature, Writing

His talent was a natural as the pattern that was made by the dust on a butterfly’s wings. At one time he understood it no more than the butterfly did and he did not know when it was brushed or marred. Later he became conscious of his damaged wings and of their construction and he […]

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You Have Always Written Before and you Will Write Now – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 28th, 2012 · Comments Off on You Have Always Written Before and you Will Write Now – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Psychology, Quotes, Writing

But sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the splutter of blue they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs […]

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Rubashov walked up and down in the cell – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler

July 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Rubashov walked up and down in the cell – “Darkness At Noon” – Arthur Koestler · Writing

Rubashov walked up and down in the cell, from the door to the window and back, between bunk, wash-basin and bucket, six and a half steps there, six and a half steps back. At the door he turned to the right, at the window to the left: it was an old prison habit; if one […]

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On Political Fiction – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens 

July 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on On Political Fiction – “Arguably: Selected Essays” – Christopher Hitchens  · Political Fiction, Politics, Writing

As Thomas Mallon, one of the city’s few resident literary novelists, once put it: Washington novels, such as they are, tend to be found on racks at National Airport, the raised gold letters of their titles promising a bomb on Air Force One or a terrorist kidnapping of the First Lady. There’s a reason for […]

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In the Souls of the People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck 

June 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on In the Souls of the People – “The Grapes of Wrath” – John Steinbeck  · Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes, Writing

In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.

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