Authors on Deadlines

Six Bits of Wisdom

  • “Are you aware that rushing toward a goal is a sublimated death wish? It’s no coincidence we call them deadlines.” -Tom Robbins-
  • “One forges one’s style on the terrible anvil of daily deadlines.” -Emile Zola-
  • “Going off the grid is always good for me. It’s the way I’ve started books and finished books and gotten myself out of deadline dooms and things.” -Neil Gaiman-
“After Hours”
  • “With the movies, people are not going to wait around. The deadline is a deadline. In publishing it’s more a polite suggestion.” -David Benioff-
  • “Like all writers, my greatest inspiration, my ultimate muse is a deadline.” -Dave Barry-
  • “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” -Douglas Adams-

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Wisdom of Walker Percy

Six Points to Ponder

  • “I have discovered that most people have no one to talk to, no one, that is, who really wants to listen.”
  • “There is a difference between the way things are and saying the way things are.”
  • “Everydayness is the enemy.”
Walker Percy (Bern and Franke Keating Collection)
  • “No doubt human brotherhood is better than a depersonalized society. But a depersonalized society is better than one threatened by violence.”
  • “But envy is not merely sorrow at another’s good it is also joy at another’s misfortune.”
  • “The enduring is something which must be accounted for. One cannot simply shrug it off.”

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Authors on Coffee and Cigarettes II

Another Nickel’s Worth of Wisdom

  • “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.”-Dave Barry-
  • “Cigarettes are a classy way to commit suicide.” -Kurt Vonnegut
“Reflection”
  • “Don’t stir all the warmth out of your coffee; drink it.” -Kate Chopin-
  • “Some very considerable part of the gestural language of public places that had once belonged to cigarettes now belonged to phones.” -William Gibson-
  • “I like coffee exceedingly…” -H.P. Lovecraft-

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Authors on Vanishing II

Five More Pieces of Fleeting Advice

  • “I cannot help vanishing and disappearing and dissolving. It is my foremost trait. -Stephen Crane-
  • “One way or another, it seems, we all perform vanishing tricks, effacing history, locking up our lives and slipping day by day into the graying shadows.” -Tim O’Brien-
  • “I do have a sense, and I’ve never not had it, of how easily things can vanish.” -Doris Lessing-
“Smith Road #1”
  • “I have a sense of melancholy isolation, life rapidly vanishing, all the usual things. It’s very strange how often strong feelings don’t seem to carry any message of action.” -Phillip Larkin-
  • “The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects-making it possible…to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.” -Susan Sontag-

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Authors on Night

Six Bits of Wisdom

  • “What hath night to do with sleep?” -John Milton-
  • “No one but Night, with tears on her dark face, watches beside me in this windy place.” -Edna St. Vincent Millay-
  • “At night we are all strangers, even to ourselves.” -Alexander McCall Smith
“No Traffic”
  • “No man knows till he has suffered from the night how sweet and dear his heart and eye the morning can be.” -Bram Stoker-
  • “Night, the mother of fear and mystery, was coming upon me.” -H.G. Wells-
  • “Beware the night, child. All cats are black in the dark.” -Jean Genet-

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Going Home: The Mix Tape

1. “I Wanna Drive You Home”—ZZ Top

2. “I’m Going Back Home”—Nina Simone

4. “Long Way Home”—Scrapomatic

3. “Darling Be Home Soon”—Joe Cocker

5. “Sweet Home Chicago”—The Blues Brothers

“Empty Silver Cross Hospital”

6. “Midnight Train to Georgia”—Gladys Knight and The Pips

7. “Country Girl”—Carolina Chocolate Drops

8. “Coney Island”—Van Morrison

9. “Departure Bay”—Diana Krall

10. “Daddy Played the Banjo”—Steve Martin

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Authors on Home

Six Bits of Wisdom

  • “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” -Robert Frost-
  • “You don’t have a home until you leave it and then, when you have left it, you can never go back.” -James Baldwin-
  • “How often have I lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home.” -William Faulkner-
“Sunday Morning Driving Home”
  • “Home is the nicest word there is.” -Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • “A home without a cat–and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat–may be a perfect home, perhaps, but how can it prove title?” -Mark Twain-
  • “Home may well be where the heart is but it’s no place to spend Wednesday afternoon.” -Walker Percy-

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Wisdom of James Joyce

Five Bits to Ponder for St. Patrick’s Day

  • “There’s no friends like old friends.”
  • “…and yet her name was like a summons to all my foolish blood.”
  • “The light music of whisky falling into glasses made an agreeable interlude.”
  • “I wanted real adventures to happen to myself. But real adventures do not happen to people who remain home: they must be sought abroad.”
  • “One by one they were all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion than fade and wither dismally with age.”

-K-

March Movie Fest

A Handful of Flicks to Get You Irish Up

  • In Bruges-It stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, a double shot of Irish.
  • Leprechaun-A 90s horror flick with Jennifer Aniston, enough said.
  • The Departed-Martin Scorsese couldn’t squeeze any more Irish into this crime thriller if he tried.
  • Far and Away-Who has the worse Irish accent Nicole Kidman or Tom Cruise?
  • The Boondock Saints-Drinking games are plentiful for this movie which makes it ideal for a St. Pat’s Day viewing.

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Graham Greene on Relationships

Four Points to Ponder

  • “…how simple this going to bed. It was only love which complicated the matter.”
  • “The more you love the greater the danger.”
“Graham Greene Books”
  • “If a man loves one, he cannot help still lusting after others.”
  • “…but you needed money for love. All the poor man could get was lust.”

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