11
Feb
I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.
— Sylvia Plath (via story-dj)
11
Feb
Sylvia Plath, 10/27/32 - 2/11/63

Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1932. Plath met and married British poet Ted Hughes, although the two later split. The depressive Plath committed suicide in 1963, garnering accolades after her death for the novel The Bell Jar, and the poetry collections The Colossus and Ariel. In 1982, Plath became the first person to win a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.

»» Sylvia Plath died 51 years ago today. My literary mother, my paper hero. I’ve read just about everything she’s written, I did my undergraduate thesis on her. Some of the same demons she fought, I’ve fought. Am still fighting. She speaks to me, she motivates me to never give up, to find light in the darkness, to stay the course. It’s the least I can do for her memory.
Sylvia Plath, 10/27/32 - 2/11/63

Sylvia Plath was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on October 27, 1932. Plath met and married British poet Ted Hughes, although the two later split. The depressive Plath committed suicide in 1963, garnering accolades after her death for the novel The Bell Jar, and the poetry collections The Colossus and Ariel. In 1982, Plath became the first person to win a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.

»» Sylvia Plath died 51 years ago today. My literary mother, my paper hero. I’ve read just about everything she’s written, I did my undergraduate thesis on her. Some of the same demons she fought, I’ve fought. Am still fighting. She speaks to me, she motivates me to never give up, to find light in the darkness, to stay the course. It’s the least I can do for her memory.

25
Jan
music: the cure - in between days
rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Self Help - Lorrie Moore (book review)

I finished this book last night. I know I’m a bit late discovering Lorrie Moore, a quick search on the internet reveals that she has many many fans of her writing. To say her style is unique is an understatement. Thoughtful, quirky, often written in the second person, her stories are about subjects familiar—cheating girlfriends, dying, weird moms, becoming a writer—but her take on it is peppered with a beautiful, self deprecating humor. There are nifty one liners wrapped in neat paragraphs, and then, when you least expect it, a dazzling revelation in print that you find yourself underlining, circling, reading aloud, and posting to tumblr (haha!).

Why three stars? I am still deciding what to make of this book. Reading this was like unwrapping a gift and receiving something one of a kind, something you’ve never seen before and two days later you’re still reading the instructions to find out exactly how it works. I know I read something awesome, but I still cannot yet express in words exactly why I loved it so much. There are definitely stories that stood out: “How to Be an Other Woman,” “What is Seized,” “How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes)”, and “How to Become a Writer.” I imagine that I’ll have to read some more of Moore’s writing to decide if I truly love it and never want to read anything else that wasn’t touched by her hands first.

music: the cure - in between days
rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Self Help - Lorrie Moore (book review)

I finished this book last night. I know I’m a bit late discovering Lorrie Moore, a quick search on the internet reveals that she has many many fans of her writing. To say her style is unique is an understatement. Thoughtful, quirky, often written in the second person, her stories are about subjects familiar—cheating girlfriends, dying, weird moms, becoming a writer—but her take on it is peppered with a beautiful, self deprecating humor. There are nifty one liners wrapped in neat paragraphs, and then, when you least expect it, a dazzling revelation in print that you find yourself underlining, circling, reading aloud, and posting to tumblr (haha!).

Why three stars? I am still deciding what to make of this book. Reading this was like unwrapping a gift and receiving something one of a kind, something you’ve never seen before and two days later you’re still reading the instructions to find out exactly how it works. I know I read something awesome, but I still cannot yet express in words exactly why I loved it so much. There are definitely stories that stood out: “How to Be an Other Woman,” “What is Seized,” “How to Talk to Your Mother (Notes)”, and “How to Become a Writer.” I imagine that I’ll have to read some more of Moore’s writing to decide if I truly love it and never want to read anything else that wasn’t touched by her hands first.

25
Jan
Decide that you like college life. In your dorm you meet many nice people. Some are smarter than you. And some, you notice, are dumber than you. You will continue, unfortunately, to view the world in exactly these terms for the rest of your life.
— Lorrie Moore, Self Help