the thing you are most
afraid to write.

write that.

— Nayyirah Waheed  (via coffeekaling)

(via compacthistoryofinfinity)

“The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction - until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature”. The Latin root simply means “letters”. Those letters are either delivered - they connect with an audience - or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books - and thus what they count as literature - really tells you more about them than it does about the book.”

Brent Weeks (via victoriousvocabulary)

BAM

(via yeahwriters)

(via yeahwriters)

newportfolkfest:

Folk: It’s that time of year again; the one week countdown is upon us. So here’s our annual reminder of what we can all do to prepare and ensure it’s one for the ages.

BE PREPARED FOR ALL WEATHER: Believe us it’ll change drastically throughout the weekend. No matter what happens, remember it’s an adventure

BE KIND: to each other, to the artists, to the staff, and mostly to the large number of volunteers who make the festival happen.

BE PRESENT: We’re all coming to a speck of land in the sea to commune around music. Everything else is secondary.

NO EXPECTATIONS: We’re all nervous & excited, but the only certainty is that what we expect will happen, probably won’t. That’s why it’s fun.

SAFTEY IS SACROSANCT: We take this part VERY seriously. In case of weather/ emergency we may make hard decisions, but safety is paramount. ALWAYS.

LIVE MUSIC: Let’s face it, it’s what it’s all about. It’s our therapy, our inspiration, our coffee, our muse, our passion. And we are incredibly fortunate for the chance to share in it, together, for 3 full days.

We are counting the days, hours, minutes, seconds until we see you, our extended Folk Family, until then…

- Folk On

“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.”
— Rainer Maria Rilke, The Book of Hours (via larmoyante)
“To realize that all your life—you know, all your love, all your hate, all your memory, all your pain—it was all the same thing. It was all the same dream. A dream that you had inside a locked room. A dream about being a person…And like a lot of dreams, there’s a monster at the end of it.”
True Detective (via larmoyante)

If you have endured a great despair,
then, you did it alone;
getting a transfusion from the fire,
picking the scabs off your heart,

then wringing it out like a sock.

— Anne Sexton, from Courage (via violentwavesofemotion)

(via fuckyeahexistentialism)

grown ups

And it’s like juice
a juice box
more childlike now
than as a child
with a side ponytail
and lack of direction
you’re only discovering
as everyone else
discovers
or settles
or slides
or subsides
never meant to be
the honor roll kid
the worldly success
the success understood
unprecedented is different
than impossible
you forget sometimes,
but not as often
as everyone else
and that’s something, right?
well, isn’t it?  

“Define yourself in your own terms. In terms of gender, race, anything. We are not what other people say we are. We are who we know ourselves to be, and we are what we love. That’s OK. You’re not alone in who you are. There are people out there who will love and support you. It’s about doing the work and believing and finding them—if not in your local community, there’s somebody online that you can go to and talk to for support.”