The truth will set you free—but not until it’s done with you.
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, as quoted in D. T. Max’s Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story. (via fishingboatproceeds)
This is full of truth.
Practice is important because you learn to write by writing. No one ever learned to write in any other way.
Don’t forget Superman, John. He was an immigrant too. All Americans have a connection to immigration, share your story with us.
The U.S.’s current immigration system is byzantine, cruel, and benefits neither American citizens nor anyone else. We need comprehensive immigration reform to bring highly skilled workers into the United States to help our economy grow and to bring security and stability to the lives of immigrants living in the United States today. Nikola Tesla was an immigrant. So were Joseph Pulitzer and Albert Einstein and Igor Stravinsky. Rational, compassionate immigration reform is needed so that the next Teslas and Einsteins are not denied access to educational or entrepreneurial opportunities in the United States. The time has come. - John Green
Travel is little beds and cramped bathrooms. It’s old television sets and slow Internet connections. Travel is extraordinary conversations with ordinary people. It’s waiters, gas station attendants, and housekeepers becoming the most interesting people in the world. It’s churches that are compelling enough to enter. It’s McDonald’s being a luxury. It’s the realization that you may have been born in the wrong country. Travel is a smile that leads to a conversation in broken English. It’s the epiphany that pretty girls smile the same way all over the world. Travel is tipping 10% and being embraced for it. Travel is the same white T-shirt again tomorrow. Travel is accented sex after good wine and too many unfiltered cigarettes. Travel is flowing in the back of a bus with giggly strangers. It’s a street full of bearded backpackers looking down at maps. Travel is wishing for one more bite of whatever that just was. It’s the rediscovery of walking somewhere. It’s sharing a bottle of liquor on an overnight train with a new friend. Travel is ‘Maybe I don’t have to do it that way when I get back home.
Nick Miller, Isn’t It Pretty to Think So? (via ethereally)
This is certainly the most popular passage in Isn’t It Pretty to Think So? (at least according to online sharing). Long before I started writing that book—while staying in a small hotel in Munich, Germany—I scribbled these words into a Moleskine notebook about my experience abroad. I guess I’m glad I found a way to include them in the book later on.
Here is a gif. I recorded it in Williamsburg one summer’s day at a used book street vendor.
An Irish woman poet reincarnated as a butterfly.
Jake Bugg performs Broken live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Listen and watch the to the entire performance here.
I’ve been listening to this song on repeat. This kid can write some damn good lyrics. His voice is different and moving and beautiful. This is music. Jake Bugg has one hell of a future.
Q:I just wanted to send you this, because i sent you an ask when I first started reading your book about how much I loved it. Well I finally finished it the other day and it really made me feel something. It made me inspired and even though I'm no writer, I am a visual artist who enjoys to write and I have been writing more. I just thought I'd let you know that in every way possible your book inspired me greatly. Thank you.
Inspiration is one hell of a thing. When it hits, there’s no greater feeling … not even sex. I’m glad it found you. Thanks for the message.