Finish The Page

The internal monologue of an avid reader

Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?

You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you.

You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. You feel like a piece of you was just gained and lost. You’ve just experienced something deep, something intimate… Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul.

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It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference. They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them.

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Beautiful read on why readers are, “scientifically,” the best people to date

Perhaps Kafka’s timeless contention that books are "the axe for the frozen sea inside us" applies equally to the frozen sea between us. 

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neil will love this one.

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“Racism is not the problem of white supremacist fringe groups, but a general institutional arrangement created between whites and people of color; the social definition of exploitation is not found in the practices of individual GM executives or Microsoft’s Bill Gates, but in the productive relations found in capitalism entered into by workers and owners; patriarchy is not defined only in terms of men’s chauvinist attitudes but people’s very creation of gender roles and expectations that limit women’s choices and ownership of their sexual powers”

—   p.14 in Leonardo, Z. (2004). Critical social theory and transformative knowledge: the functions of criticism in quality education. Educational Researcher, 33, 6, 11-18. (via socio-logic)

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“Treat all your secondary characters like they think the book’s about them.”

—   Jocelyn Hughes (via writewild)

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“I want to explain how exhausted I am. Even in my dreams. How I wake up tired. How I’m being drowned by some kind of black wave.”

—   Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation (via feellng)

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“The thing about patriarchy is that individual men, gay and straight, are often really wonderful people who you love deeply, but they have internalized some really poisonous shit. So every once in a while they say or do something that really shakes you because you’re no longer totally certain they see you as a human being, and you feel totally disempowered to explain that to them.”

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Always reblog

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“The pursuit of normality is the ultimate sacrifice of potential.”

—   Faith Jegede (via psych-facts)

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“The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.”

—   Ernest Hemingway (via thegirlandherbooks)

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oeuniverse:

In order to become the supreme adult, you must perform the seven wonders:

  • Public speaking
  • Not being afraid of teenagers
  • Calling the doctor yourself
  • Taxes
  • Arguing without crying
  • Having a normal sleep pattern
  • Having an answer to the question ‘what do you want to do with your life?’

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aseaofquotes:

Henning Mankell, When the Snow Fell

aseaofquotes:

Henning Mankell, When the Snow Fell