“‘My wife, Shirley, and I have thought it over and we’ve decided to retire from success and try failure for a few years. We feel the variety will enlarge us.’ I know L.A. is the only place on earth where people do that.” -Eve Babitz
As Didion writes, “Later it would be recalled that 3,254 other rapes were reported that year, including one the following week involving the near decapitation of a black woman . . . but the point was rhetorical, since crimes are universally understood to be news to the extent that they offer, however erroneously, a story, a lesson, a high concept.”
“What are we supposed to do? . . . About the way it is . . . the way it feels. Things like misogyny, which seems to be everywhere, kind of wallpapering the world, you know what I mean? It’s still acceptable in the twenty-first century, and why is that?”
"Art separates the leaders of style from those who want to be perceived as stylish." ~ Sherwood Smith, King's Shield
"When you looked closely at anything, you could almost faint, Jules thought, although you had to look closely if you wanted to have any knowledge at all in life." ~ Meg Wolitzer, The Interestings
This was such a strong follow up to The Doldrums. Everything from the humor to the whimsical nature of the storyline carried over really well.
“Fear is a deadly thing, Heloise. It can drain a person of all their strength, make them weak before their enemies.” ~ Myke Cole, The Armored Saint
May TBR Indiana’s April Wrap Up This was not a bad month of reading! Granted, I didn’t actually end up reading the longest book that I had planned to read. But we plan, God laughs. The Doldrums and the Helmsley Curse by Nicholas Gannon - Review to come After Henry by Joan Didion - Review... Continue Reading →