I love the Duchess of York. In 1988, she is very fat but married to a prince. She gives me hope for the future. Caitlin Moran in How to Be a Woman
Children don’t read ‘genres’; they read stories. Below a certain age, they don’t distinguish between ‘true’ and ‘not true,’ because they see no reason that a white rabbit shouldn’t possess a pocket watch, that whales shouldn’t talk, or that sentient beings shouldn’t live on other planets and travel in spaceships. Science-fiction tropes aren’t read as ‘science fiction’; they’re read as fiction. And fiction is read as reality. And sometimes reality lives under the bed and has very large teeth, and it’s no use pretending otherwise. Margaret Atwood, The New Yorker, June 4 & 11, 2012 (via electronicsquid)
Libraries make readers. They don’t starve authors. Neil Gaiman
If you take a book with you on a journey…an odd thing happens: the book begins collecting your memories. And forever after you have only to open that book to be back where you first read it. It will all come into your mind with the very first words: the sights you saw in that place, what it smelled like, the ice cream you ate while you were reading it…yes, books are like flypaper—memories cling to the printed page better than to anything else. Cornelia Funke, Inkheart (via kijakazibibi)
The real punishment was not the raid swiftly inflicted by the villgers, but the family’s deliberately forgetting her. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston
As a general rule, librarians are a kick in the pants socially, often full of good humor, progressive, and naturally, well read. They tend to be generalists who know so much about so many things that they are quite the opposite of the boring old poops they have been made out to be. Most of them are full of life, some even full of the devil.
Bill Hall, editorial page editor, Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune, Sept. 9, 2001. (via libraryaccounts)
We’re modest, too.
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