I don’t think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
One wants to tell a story, like Scheherezade, in order not to die. It’s one of the oldest urges in mankind. It’s a way of stalling death.
The contract between the author and the reader is a game. And the game is one of the greatest inventions of Western civilization: the game of telling stories, inventing characters, and creating the imaginary paradise of the individual, from whence no one can be expelled because, in a novel, no one owns the truth and everyone has the right to be heard and understood.
I am a literary animal. For me, everything ends in literature.
One puts off the biography like you put off death. To write an autobiography is to etch the words on your own gravestone.
Don’t classify me, read me. I’m a writer, not a genre.
Fuentes was a Mexican novelist and essayist. His novels include The Death of Artemio Cruz, Aura, The Old Gringo. The New York Times described him as ‘one of the most admired writers in the Spanish-speaking world’ and an important influence on the explosion of Latin American literature in the 1960s and ’70s. He was often thought a likely candidate for the Nobel Prize in Literature although he never won.
So you think you’re a Buddhist? Think again. Tibetan Buddhist master Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, one of the most creative and innovative lamas teaching today, throws down the gauntlet to the Buddhist world, challenging common misconceptions, stereotypes, and fantasies. With wit and irony, Khyentse urges readers to move beyond the superficial trappings of Buddhism
The precious mind that cherishes all living beings protects both myself and others from suffering, brings happiness, and fulfills our wishes. Having repeatedly contemplated this point, make the strong determination: I must always cherish all living beings. This determination is the object of our…
“I never know what to do with my hands.
Spend all of my free time sharpening knives
and taking Vitamin D supplements
because the sun is a thing the both of us loved.
I am just a girl with too much insides.
I sleep too late on the weekends,
don’t floss as often as I should.
I remember how your mother smiled a little
too hard when she first saw me,
like she was nursing a tooth ache
or getting over a particularly bad cold,
and how that rot transferred into her son.
Your father, meanwhile, couldn’t stop looking,
even went so far as to see how willing I’d be
last Christmas. Should tell you that I
kissed him back, just a little.
I am not a good person, yes, but baby,
neither are you. After we made love
in your parents’ bed last week, I remember
how you cried, still hard, your tears hot rivers
down my back. I wanted to be sweeter, kinder,
wanted this breaking to be more gentle,
but I’ll never be that kind of girl.
Dinner’s on the stove. Careful not to burn it.”—Kristina Haynes, “I’m Going to Leave You and Other Truths” (via fleurishes)
It is one of the big differences between the propaganda system of a totalitarian state and the way democratic societies go about things. Exaggerating slightly, in totalitarian countries the state decides the official line and everyone must then comply. Democratic societies operate differently….
Anita Belle Colton was a female jazz singer who broke the norms for “girl singers” of her day. She opted to wear a band jacket and skirt, instead of the expected evening gown, and changed her last name to “O’Day”, pig latin for dough (money).
O’Day’s style is more percussive than lyrical, partially owed to a background in drums. This sense of rhythm and improvisation led to a talent for bebop.
"Old Devil Moon" was written by Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg for the musical Finian’s Rainbow.
“Well what is Buddhism? Is it fantastic imagination magic of the lightening flash, is it plays, dreams, not even plays, dreams?"
“No, to me Buddhism is getting to know as many people as possible.”—Arthur Whane responds to Ray’s ponderings in The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac. (via sensationalsegue)
Radha So Am I - On the Sacred Name Radhasoami (Radhaswami)
In the teachings of the classic Sants and Sufis of India (Kabir, Guru Nanak, Dadu, Raivdas, Namdev, Sultan Bahu,…
Radha means ‘Soul’ (feminine word), and Soami is ‘Lord’ (masculine), thus Radhasoami is ‘Soul-Lord’, or ‘Lord of the Soul’, and represents an interesting fusion of, yin/yang, lover and Beloved, soul and Lord, into ONE.
Imitation is the best form of flattery — and the best way to understand people with accents. A study published in Psychological Science claims there is a reason behind our love of accents: copying a person’s speech patterns makes it easier to comprehend what they’re…
"When I was about 20 years old, I met an old pastor’s wife who told me that when she was young and had her first child, she didn’t believe in striking children, although spanking kids with a switch pulled from a tree was standard punishment at the time. But one day, when her son was four or five, he did something that she felt warranted a spanking–the first in his life. She told him that he would have to go outside himself and find a switch for her to hit him with.
The boy was gone a long time. And when he came back in, he was crying. He said to her, “Mama, I couldn’t find a switch, but here’s a rock that you can throw at me.”
All of a sudden the mother understood how the situation felt from the child’s point of view: that if my mother wants to hurt me, then it makes no difference what she does it with; she might as well do it with a stone.
And the mother took the boy into her lap and they both cried. Then she laid the rock on a shelf in the kitchen to remind herself forever: never violence. And that is something I think everyone should keep in mind. Because if violence begins in the nursery one can raise children into violence.”