"More stories. More stories. Keep going! As long as we’re telling stories, we’re alive. As long as stories keep coming, with or without a point, dog stories, eel stories, scarecrow stories, rat stories, flood stories, recipe stories, stories full of lies and schoolbook stories, as long as stories have power to entertain us, no hell can take us in. Your turn, Walter. Tell stories as long as you love your life."

— Gunter Grass, Dog Years (via talesofpassingtime)

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Gabriel García Márquez by Atoniatiuh Bracho.
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"Until you’re about the age of twenty, you read everything, and you like it simply because you are reading it. Then between twenty and thirty you pick what you want, and you read the best, you read all the great works. After that you sit and wait for them to be written. But you know, the least known, the least famous writers, they are the better ones."

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Gabriel García Márquez by Atoniatiuh Bracho.

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"Until you’re about the age of twenty, you read everything, and you like it simply because you are reading it. Then between twenty and thirty you pick what you want, and you read the best, you read all the great works. After that you sit and wait for them to be written. But you know, the least known, the least famous writers, they are the better ones."

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"Love—and all it’s complicated ramifications, Draeger believed—actually does conquer all; Love—or the Fear of Not Having It, or the Worry about Not Having Enough of It, or the Terror of Losing It—certainly does conquer all."

— Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion (via talesofpassingtime)

"You see control can never be a means to any practical end … It can never be a means to anything but more control … Like junk …"

— William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch (via talesofpassingtime)

"Yes, I sighed again, in the long run insanity would be the same coldhearted drag of too solid flesh, too many slings and arrows, and too much outrageous fortune."

— Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion (via talesofpassingtime)

"But if there is one thing you learn in college it is that the first snowstorm is the most important—score high in your first test and you can coast out the rest of the term."

— Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion (via talesofpassingtime)

"I guided the boat skillfully across the spangled water, never brushing any of the mammoth-sized stumps the whole trip, aware of my audience, pleased with my performance under pressure, and proud of myself. How rare and beautiful in this day and age, I thought, is that ample combination of words—proud of myself …"

— Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion (via talesofpassingtime)

"And I put on what? Of course. John Coltrane. “Africa Brass.” I recall no malice aforethought in this choice, but who can say? Does one ever play Coltrane for the uninitiated without subconsciously hoping for the worst? Anyway, if such was my wish my subconscious must have been greatly pleased, for, after a few minutes of that tenor sax ripping away at the privates, Hank reacted according to schedule. “What kind of crap is that?” (Anger, frustration, great gritting of teeth, all the classic responses.) “What kind of godawful manure pile is that?”"

— Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion (via talesofpassingtime)

"(But if the strength ain’t real, I recall thinking the very last thing that day, before I finally passed out, then the weakness sure enough is. Weakness is true and real. I used to accuse the kid of faking his weakness. But faking proves the weakness is real. Or you wouldn’t be so weak as to fake it. No, you can’t ever fake being weak. You can only fake being strong … .)"

— Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion (via talesofpassingtime)

"Believe me, Emilie, over there, whether in Wuppertal or in Bonn, they cook with water just like us."

— Gunter Grass, Too Far Afield (via talesofpassingtime)

"I would twirl the dials to hunt for jazz, and with luck I’d catch a scrap of catatonic Monk, or Sun Ra colliding with anti-matter, and some note would pin together pieces of the spreading night and it would all make sense for a moment, the mad harmonics bringing most of what was sane to those who ran with death, and we would head into the gulf of early light with that black music driving over me and I would feel a stranger in my love of it, for I did not run with anything."

— Don DeLillo, Americana (via talesofpassingtime)

"I had to bear the sunken glare of his fierce crow-footed eyes if I wanted to know; and so I bore it, reflecting how much certain forms of evil are akin to madness, derived from intense egoism, inflamed by resistance, tearing the soul to pieces, and giving factitious vigor to the body."

— Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim (via talesofpassingtime)

"Humanity is too frail to face the truth about things – but to anyone who confronts the reality of nature and of process with a clear mind, the answer is completely inescapable: Evil rules the day."

— Lawrence Durrell, The Avignon Quintet (via talesofpassingtime)

"He was, perhaps, the most learned and powerful of all magicians who have lived since the days of Merlin, but unfortunately his name has been forgotten. Such is fame."

— Thomas Cooke Middleton, Legends of Longdendale (via talesofpassingtime)


All modern Shakespearean scholars eventually make reference to Monty Python

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