I have a list in my head of books I really want but have never had or, somehow, no longer have. This list is sort of special because none of the books on it have ever come through my bookstore—which is a place that sees thousands and thousands of donated books per month. So far nobody has given up the books on my list though. I’m going to start keeping my list here so I don’t forget it.
The Recognitions by William Gaddis
Zibaldone by Giacomo Leopardi
Omensetter’s Luck by William H. Gass
Life Sentences by William H Gass
The Kraus Project by Jonathan Franzen
Vanishing Point by David Markson
Both Flesh and Not by David Foster Wallace
Selected Poems by Jorge Luis Borges (penguin, paperback,red)
Selected Non-Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges (penguin, paperback, gold)
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race by Thomas Ligotti
Phenomenological Psychology by Erwin W. Straus
Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.
If Blanchett wins, she’ll have to choose between aligning herself with a man many believe to have sexually assaulted his young daughter versus making a statement against one of Hollywood’s most powerful men in a room full of people who at least implicitly support him
I was forced to think…of the sad thirtieth child of Valentinus who fell, ‘not like Lucifer by rebelling against God, but by desiring too ardently to be united to Him.’ Anything pressed too far becomes a sin.
Lawrence Durrell, Justine
But there is that side of him, that part of him that depends on the strength of the enemy.
Don DeLillo, Underworld.
A strange lonely planet found without a star
An international team of astronomers has discovered an exotic young planet that is not orbiting a star. This free-floating planet, dubbed PSO J318.5-22, is just 80 light-years away from Earth and has a mass only six times that of Jupiter. The planet formed a mere 12 million years ago, a newborn in planet lifetimes.
"We have never before seen an object free-floating in space that that looks like this. It has all the characteristics of young planets found around other stars, but it is drifting out there all alone," explained team leader Dr. Michael Liu of the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “I had often wondered if such solitary objects exist, and now we know they do.”
The discovery paper of PSO J318.5-22 is being published by Astrophysical Journal Letters and is available at http://arxiv.org/abs/1310.0457.
Image: Artist’s conception of PSO J318.5-22. Credit: MPIA/V. Ch. Quetz
Something changes the moment you decide you’ve found a person you are ready to reveal parts of your soul to. Something stands out and makes the moment unique. A profound multidimensional clarity resembling a piece of carefully gathered stardust; As if you are whispering ‘finally’ and your eyes fill with light and spontaneity. As if you do not care whether your heart will melt or crumble in the process because your brief courage undoes your tremendous fear of disbelief. You live for these moments; For you are, maybe for one second or more, sweetly forced to surrender yourself to unconditional intimacy. A moment of psychological reward smashing all self-imposed disciplines founded on terror. This is all you need.
God, what an hour. There is such an authentic wisdom in Bill Murray.
Humor is what happens when we’re told the truth quicker and more directly than we’re used to.
George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone
Figuring out that there’s a McDonald’s there is a real game-changer for us.
My girlfriend, earlier today.