Drunk on the Impossible Past

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Sometimes you're the good guy. Sometimes you're the bad guy.
Or maybe you're moral enough to not need fiction whatsoever.
Either way, I hope that you all enjoy this blog.

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Sections in the bookstore



- Books You Haven’t Read
- Books You Needn’t Read
- Books Made for Purposes Other Than Reading
- Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong to the Category of Books Read Before Being Written
- Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered
- Books You Mean to Read But There Are Others You Must Read First
- Books Too Expensive Now and You’ll Wait ‘Til They’re Remaindered
- Books ditto When They Come Out in Paperback
- Books You Can Borrow from Somebody
- Books That Everybody’s Read So It’s As If You Had Read Them, Too
- Books You’ve Been Planning to Read for Ages
- Books You’ve Been Hunting for Years Without Success
- Books Dealing with Something You’re Working on at the Moment
- Books You Want to Own So They’ll Be Handy Just in Case
- Books You Could Put Aside Maybe to Read This Summer
- Books You Need to Go with Other Books on Your Shelves
- Books That Fill You with Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified
- Books Read Long Ago Which It’s Now Time to Re-read
- Books You’ve Always Pretended to Have Read and Now It’s Time to Sit Down and Really Read Them”

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Italo Calvino (via quotesandnonsense)

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I wonder if all of human sadness up to this point has been irresponsibility or a lack of self control. That seems both smart and unreasonable at once. It would be cool to play god and chronicle our condition. What makes you sad?

— 5 hours ago
#thinking 
"I’m one of those people who doesn’t really know what he thinks until he writes it down."
 Stephen King11/22/63 (via feellng)

(via knitewriter)

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#Stephen king 
"You’re a necessity and a luxury."
Zelda to Scott, 1920 (via iconsabstract)

(Source: fitzgeraldquotes, via iconsabstract)

— 7 hours ago with 347 notes
#fitzgeralds 
octane-induced asked: I'm trying to understand Purple Prose. From what I can gather, it's excessive amounts of fluffy description. But is this good? Is it bad? Do I even know what I'm talking about? Probably not.


Answer:

fixyourwritinghabits:

Purple Prose is basically when writers fill their work with long, ‘fancy’ words and use too many words to explain too little. There’s an idea that, because it often attempts to imitate styles you’ll find in classic literature, that’s it’s better than ‘normal’ writing, but this line of thinking often neglects two things - one, many of those writers were paid by the word, and two, ‘fancy’ words do nothing if your reader is lost.

Purple Prose is generally considered bad, but not everything labelled that way is Purple Prose - it’s not wrong to use your thesaurus to change your wording (as long as it fits!), nor do you have to follow strict rules on how to form your sentences.

Check Out:

— 7 hours ago with 74 notes
#purple prose  #writing 

pennhurst:

spending 300 hours developing characters that arent even main characters

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liking them more than your main characters

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#writing  #yep 

publius-esquire:

Alexander Hamilton’s pay book might be my favorite thing we have of him. When he wasn’t pouring over foreign exchange rates and studying trade, this is what he did with his spare time. These were the passages he thought were interesting enough to commit to paper, a rare luxury during the war.

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The complete non sequitor just makes it even more entertaining.

"Ancient practice of lending wives. Most interesting."

"Infanticide is wrong."

"Gay lovers tho"

(via the-fisher-queen)

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#alexander hamilton 
bookslooks:

I finally found a pretty looking edition of Watership Down, one of my favourites. And in paperback!

bookslooks:

I finally found a pretty looking edition of Watership Down, one of my favourites. And in paperback!

(via wenchingwithshakespeare)

— 3 days ago with 370 notes
#books  #reading 
Didactic

For the purpose of instruction or teaching.

— 3 days ago with 2 notes
#words 
bookporn:


The Portsmouth Athenaeum in New Hampshire.
(via imaginarypenguin)

bookporn:

The Portsmouth Athenaeum in New Hampshire.

(via imaginarypenguin)

— 3 days ago with 114 notes
#places  #bookshop 
optimistsdaughter:

Woodcut of Archbishop Laud as the Antichrist in Witchfinders. Interestingly the unusual south porch of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin (where I took these blossom photos the other week) was partly paid for by Laud’s chaplain and was used against him in his trial of execution - parliamentary troops shot at the statue and you can still see some of bullet holes today. 

optimistsdaughter:

Woodcut of Archbishop Laud as the Antichrist in Witchfinders. Interestingly the unusual south porch of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin (where I took these blossom photos the other week) was partly paid for by Laud’s chaplain and was used against him in his trial of execution - parliamentary troops shot at the statue and you can still see some of bullet holes today. 

(via coolnerdyreader)

— 3 days ago with 79 notes
#books  #reading