"So we beat on, boats against the current"

M. here - sorta like Kafka's K., but hopefully a little funnier. I'm currently working on an M.A. in Literature, continuing my work in academia as a scholar on Philip Roth, Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman and Mad Men.
slaughterhouse90210:

“In the end, it wasn’t death that surprised her but the stubbornness of life.”― Jeffrey Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides

slaughterhouse90210:

“In the end, it wasn’t death that surprised her but the stubbornness of life.”
― Jeffrey Eugenides,
The Virgin Suicides

Race is constant. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it.

—Jon Stewart addressing Fox News’s (white) correspondents whining about hearing about race issues in the United States (via recklessinsanity)

(Source: wryan, via jeffthrowdown)

Do you ever read your scripts and think to yourself, “That still happens, yeah, that still happens in modern America?” The plight of women, while it has improved, has not advanced to the point where these are the types of mistreatments that are so unusual that they are extinct. 

(Source: cchristina-hendricks, via thoughshesfeminine)

I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand under the weight.

—Malcolm X | The Autobiography of Malcolm X (1964)

(Source: america-wakiewakie, via thoughshesfeminine)

Difficult Girl

newyorker:

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Lena Dunham writes about her childhood anxieties, and growing up in therapy:

“I have only the vaguest memory of a life before fear. Every morning when I wake up, there is one blissful second before I look around the room and remember my many terrors. I wonder if this is what it will…

(Source: newyorker.com)

penamerican:

"We don’t have any tasks. We just have inspirations." - Saul Bellow

penamerican:

"We don’t have any tasks. We just have inspirations." - Saul Bellow

vintageanchorbooks:

Argentinian writer Julio Cortazar was born 100 years ago today!

"We went around without looking for each other, but knowing we went around to find each other."
—from “Hopscotch” (1963)

Cortázar was a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Known as one of the founders of the Latin American Boom, Cortázar influenced an entire generation of writers in the Americas and Europe. He has been called both a “modern master of the short story” and, by Carlos Fuentes, “the Simón Bolívar of the novel.” To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cortazar’s birth his books are available for the first time in the U.S. as eBooks, and as an Everyman’s Library hardcover omnibus. More here: http://ow.ly/AIbzk