1. 01:40 19th Oct 2014

    Notes: 2808

    Reblogged from magnoliapearl

    Tags: writers

    Ernest Hemingway would have died rather than have syntax. Or semicolons. I use a whole lot of half-assed semicolons; there was one of them just now; that was a semicolon after “semicolons,” and another one after “now.”

    And another thing. Ernest Hemingway would have died rather than get old. And he did. He shot himself. A short sentence. Anything rather than a long sentence, a life sentence. Death sentences are short and very, very manly. Life sentences aren’t. They go on and on, all full of syntax and qualifying clauses and confusing references and getting old. And that brings up the real proof of what a mess I have made of being a man.

    — 

    Ursula K. Le Guin on being a man – the finest, sharpest thing I’ve read in ages 

    (via ananthymous)

    DID YOU NOTICE THAT WHEN SHE WROTE ABOUT ERNEST HEMINGWAY KILLING HIMSELF SHE USED SHORT CHOPPY SENTENCES??? SHE’S SO FUCKING SMART

    I like Hemingway AND Le Guin (although Le Guin is my favorite) and I love the way Le Guin writes about other writers. 

    Also, this quote is slightly incorrect! It should end this way:

    "And that brings up the real proof of what a mess I have made of being a man: I am not even young. Just about the time they finally started inventing women, I started getting old. And I went right on doing it. Shamelessly. I have allowed myself to get old and haven’t done one single thing about it, with a gun or anything."

    I think it’s important to include that part, because I like when Le Guin talks about ageism (for lack of a better term) and how people see getting old as something shameful and weak, when really its the most natural thing for everyone in the world to do.

    (via magnoliapearl)

    (Source: explore-blog)

     
  2. 17:01 31st Dec 2013

    Notes: 1202

    Reblogged from thetinhouse

    Tags: writingwriters;_;Oh Seamus

    wordsbydan:

    On writing: 5 Literary voices we lost this year

    The Guardian has a great article collecting quotes about life from writers we lost this year, but here’s what each had to say about writing:

    Doris Lessing: “You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn’t care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing can’t be a way of life - the important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it.”

    Chinua Achebe: "Imaginative literature does not enslave; it liberates the mind of man. Its truth is not like the canons of orthodoxy or the irrationality of prejudice and superstition. It begins as an adventure in self-discovery and ends in wisdom and humane conscience."

    Seamus Heaney: “The gift of writing is to be self-forgetful … to get a surge of inner life or inner supply or unexpected sense of empowerment, to be afloat, to be out of yourself.”

    Elmore Leonard: "So many people say, ‘I’m dying to write.’ Well, if you’re dying to write, why aren’t you writing? If you’re not writing, you’re not dying to do it enough."

    Iain Banks: “Writing is like everything else: the more you do it the better you get. Don’t try to perfect as you go along, just get to the end of the damn thing. Accept imperfections. Get it finished and then you can go back.

     
  3. “My life is a reading list.”
    ― John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

    Happy Birthday John Irving!

    — (via thetinhouse)
     
  4. Everything I’ve ever let go of has claw marks on it.
    — David Foster Wallace  (via thatkindofwoman)

    (Source: uponswallows)

     
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At the Barnes and Noble in Carle Place, N.Y., Handler entertained the assembled kids by performing a dance as though paralyzed from the armpits down. Not surprisingly, he simply went limp and fell down on the nearest surface.


Daniel Handler is such a lovely fellow, I’m really glad I had the opportunity to have tea with him.

    At the Barnes and Noble in Carle Place, N.Y., Handler entertained the assembled kids by performing a dance as though paralyzed from the armpits down. Not surprisingly, he simply went limp and fell down on the nearest surface.

    Daniel Handler is such a lovely fellow, I’m really glad I had the opportunity to have tea with him.

     
  6. Don’t cross the line at Truth.
    — Jeff Biggers
     
  7. Stories change communities.
    — Jeff Biggers
     
  8. I still believe in the small bit of justice in America because of writers.
    — Jeff Biggers