Sentence of the Day Belongs to Obama

Whether in sports or politics, it’s hard to understand the precise nature of momentum.

— p. 49, A Promised Land

It’s not just politics and sports, sir. Momentum applies to writing as well.

Obama Sentence of the Day

Hopeless! Simply hopeless! I am ALL OVER 44’s A Promised Land.

Still Chapter 1:

  • The conviction that racism wasn’t inevitable may also explain my willingness to defend the American idea: what it was, and what it could become.

Quote of the Day: A Promised Land

44 remembers a conversation with his mother!

“You know, Barry, she said (that’s the nickname she and my grandparents used for me when I was growing up, often shortened to “Bar,” pronounced “Bear”), “there are people in the world who think only about themselves. They don’t care what happens to other people so long as they get what they want. They put other people down to make themselves feel important.

“Then there are people who do the opposite, who are able to imagine how others must feel, and make sure that they don’t do things that hurt people.

“So,” she said, looking me squarely in the eye. “Which kind of person do you want to be?”

— Chapter 1, A Promised Land, pp. 6 -7

Quote of the Day: High as the Waters Rise, p . 179

Oh, this elegiac and mournful and very absorbing book.

She’s going to finish tomorrow or the day after. Amazing that she read with such speed today.

You never know beforehand what the price is. And above all, you don’t know what you’re ready to pay.

Don’t let Waclav die. Please!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day (from “Mr. Oh” by Caroline Kim)

Who say talking make life better?

from Mr. Oh, Story # 1 in The Prince of Mournful Thoughts: Stories, by Caroline Kim

Caroline Kim was born in South Korea. She has an MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award, and an MA in fiction from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow.

Rosario Ferré: The Writer’s Kitchen

“I have a sneaking suspicion that this interest in the biographical facts about women writers comes from the hidden belief that women have less imagination than men, and that their works rely more heavily on the unscrupulous plundering of reality than do those by male writers.”

Anna Volodovna: Abaddon’s Gate, p. 404

PATIENCE, dear blog readers — Only 200 more pages to go!

(Self remembers someone telling her, years ago, WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO GET OVER THIS NOVEL. She’d been reading Banana Yoshimoto, who writes very slim books, but she would parse every page. Thank your lucky stars she’s not doing that with Abaddon’s Gate!)

Here comes social commentary, you knew it would come, of course it’s Anna Volodovna’s point of view:

  • You have allied yourself with stupid, violent men, and you are trying to convince yourself that being stupid and violent will work. That makes you stupid too. I will never help you. I’ll fight you now.

Woman! YES YES YES!!!

The characters she likes best in Abaddon’s Gate (apart from Holden, goes without saying) are Bull and Clarissa Mao. These are the two most violent people in the novel; what does it say about self that she identifies? Self is so NON-VIOLENT!

Nevertheless, she loves these flawed, mistaken, and yet courageous characters.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

 

Reading Gemino H. Abad

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The Nothing That Speaks:

The poems come thick and fast today. I cannot cope. Poem after poem, half-words — and without words still.

I hardly cope.


Gemino H. Abad is a poet, literary critic, historian and professor emeritus of literature and creative writing at the University of the Philippines. In 2009, he received Italy’s premiere literary award, the Rome Prize.

The Telegraph: Boost Your Immune System Now!

Here’s the link The Telegraph sent out: Anna Magee’s Guide to Boosting Your Immune System.

Ignore POTUS speeches also. You’ll just end up more confused.

Look at flowers. Think Peace. Feel Love.

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Backyard, Redwood City, 7 a.m.

Stay tuned.

Advice for Dealing with Dragons

“Every worm has his weak spot,” as my father used to say, though I am sure it was not from personal experience.

— Bilbo Baggins, The Annotated Hobbit, Ch. XII: Inside Information

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