Quote of the Week: George Saunders




“Reinvigorate your sense of play.”

George Saunders


Wise Words From Mr. Lish

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“Writing is not about telling; it is about showing, and not showing everything.”

The famous editor Gordon Lish, who edited Raymond Carver, Barry Hannah, and Amy Hempel (from an essay titled “Seduce the Whole World” by Carla Blumenkranz)

Words To Live By

“The only giant monster you are destined to become is the huge freak you decide to be.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s advice, revised and edited for verity and practicality by yours truly. If this raises your spirits, then we (Ralph and I) have succeeded. Let me know @City_Sasquatch

Stuck On Reading With One Direction

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There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there’s so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.

-Zayn Malik, One Direction

I must admit, I’m not wholly certain of who exactly “One Direction” is, although I have an inkling. They appear to be a type of self-replicating, self-aware internet meme, perhaps a botched experiment of the experimental Russian cybercrime division. Some kind of artificially aware being that copies itself and survives because of its phenomenal ability to generate banal platitudes. The statements made by One Direction appear to be gender-based, but I cannot quite tell. Perhaps it is because I am not human.

But then again, neither is One Direction.

Bone Up

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.

– Henry David Thoreau

 Lasting advice from that prominent New England transcendentalist, Msr. Thoreau. I often pondered his words on the long walk over the Rockies, en route to New York.

He is speaking figuratively, of course. Although bones are delicious.