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.”

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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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Destination Home

Three Movies About Going Home

  • The Warriors—At its core its a movie about a bunch of guys just trying to get home.
  • Grosse Pointe Blank—Maybe you can’t go back to the home that was but the home that remains may offer more than your sentiment needs.
  • Back to the Future—The Gold Standard of going home movies.

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Authors on Taking a Chance

Five Cents of Wisdom

  • “Don’t let them slow you down. Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.” -Thomas Wolfe-
  • “Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain-
  • “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” -T.S. Eliot-
“Chess Set”
  • “If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained.” -Neil Gaiman-
  • “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson-

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Authors on Loneliness

Seven Points to Ponder

  • “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald-
  • “The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely.” -Charlotte Bronte-
  • “But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone.” -bell hooks-
“Morning Commuter”
  • “Be good and you will be lonesome.” -Mark Twain-
  • “I am alone, I thought, and they are everybody.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky-
  • “If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.” -Aldous Huxley-
  • “Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship-but the loneliness of the soul in its appaling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.” -Sylvia Plath-

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