“Thunderstorms were what death, and dramatic events, generally should be like, but usually were not; the idea that our life’s dramas rarely look as dramatic as they are. Our most cataclysmic moments are typically free of gravitas, of necessary thunder; a person dies, but instead of the sky darkening and lightning striking, the sun continues to shine and the birds to sing.”
Ninety years ago today, James Baldwin was born in New York.
"You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read."
“If it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever. ” — David Letterman
— Jeremy Bentham (via man-of-prose)
Painting: Edgar Degas, Interior, 1868
- “We are as forlorn as children lost in the woods. When you stand in front of me and look at me, what do you know of the griefs that are in me and what...”
- “A lot of novels bully us into assenting to their importance. I’m tired of that.”
- “I wish people could just say how they feel like ‘Hey I really don’t like when you do that to me’ or ‘Hey I’m in love with you’ or ‘Hi I really miss...”