If books could have more, give more, be more, show more, they would still need readers who bring to them sound and smell and light and all the rest that can’t be in books. The book needs you.
Tears at times have the weight of speech.
It was a beautiful book, and then I went to meet with the executives and they said, ‘Could you give Toad a skateboard and make him say, ‘radical dude’ things,’ and that’s when I said, ‘It’s been a pleasure…’
Guillermo del Toro
on a 2003 adaptation of Wind In The Willows by Disney. The film was to be live action with CG, but never made it beyond initial discussions.
We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Surely only boring people went in for conversations consisting of questions and answers. The art of true conversation consisted in the play of minds.
, March 21, 1934: Born in Lahore when it was still under British rule, writer Ved Mehta made his way to the U.S. and became a New Yorker staffer. Happy 79th birthday!
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it.
Judy Blume - Today is Judy Blume’s 75th Birthday. The author and anti-censorship activist has the dubious notoriety of still having many of her books banned.
There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
I am afraid the fault, dear Tain, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.
Elim Garak, Deep Space Nine - The Die Is Cast
So… did John Green get the title for his book from a preemptive strike by Romulan/Cardassian forces against the Dominion?
I want to help you lift enormous things
A pinch, a sting, I don’t feel a thing
As the Earth revolved around the sun
Liberal isn’t cool, kids. It’s fucking necessary.
Michael Kindt, via early-onset-of-night. A reminder to go out and vote today for all American Tumblrinos. Do it, get off the couch, the Doctor Who marathon will be there when you get back. That’s what recording shit was invented for.
Just fucking vote.
The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.
The Dark Tower series, by Stephen King
I don’t understand why it’s illegal to sell something that belongs to you and has never belonged to someone else.
comment in my Guild Wars 2 guild chat as the topic of prostitution and women’s health came up out of random no where.
A friend asked me if I didn’t feel a little weird, sending out postcards advertising a radio show that’s been off the air for a decade. Not at all, I said. I look on them as tiny retro gifts from an age gone by which I send to people I admire. What’s more, postcards impose necessary brevity that is almost poetic. The reduced message area means you really have to think about what you write – no room for discursive ramblings about weather, your wonky knee or the hapless Blue Jays.
As for whom to send a card to – for that I take the advice of a writer named James Mangan, who says those postcards and letters matter a great deal – even if all they say is “Attaboy!
Arthur Black, Basic Black
Out of all the people I pull and post quotes from, Arthur Black is one I post a lot of. For several reasons, really. I feel empathy toward his sense of self that he is a ludite. I myself feel that way at times. Especially when it comes to books or even writing a note. Writing a note, even if it’s an email or a tweet, can be hard. Especially if it’s directly to someone. Even asks sent on tumblr to people like Neil Gaiman or Gail Simone just to say “I like your stuff, your stuff made me smile” can be hard. Writing down your feelings (I came very close to writing “feels”, see how the various fandoms on this site have affected me) isn’t easy. It isn’t easy when you find someone that made you feel especially good when they have created something that made you feel wonderful. How I’d love to send a postcard to Rick Berman and tell him how Star Trek gave me a hope for the future. How I’d love to send a letter to Anita Sarkisian and let her know that I learn a lot from her videos. Or even to write to a few tumblr users and let them know that sometimes I think of them and wonder how they’re doing.
Maybe someday I’ll start writing post cards.