“Traces of nobility, gentleness and courage persist in all people, do what we will to stamp out the trend. So, too, do those characteristics which are ugly… There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blast on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us."
11:36 am • 26 November 2013 • 3 notes
“Hair and drug-use issues notwithstanding, I’ve never thought of you as any less than professional.”
— Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice (via gunsandposes)
11:16 pm • 15 June 2013 • 14 notes
“It’s been a prevalent notion. Fallen sparks. Fragments of vessels broken at the Creation. And someday, somehow, before the end, a gathering back to home. A messenger from the Kingdom, arriving at the last moment. But I tell you there is no such message, no such home — only the millions of last moments … nothing more. Our history is an aggregate of last moments.”
— Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow, V148 (via cerebralnausea)
8:47 pm • 13 April 2013 • 8 notes
“Damme, sir, - a Book? Close it up immediately.”
“‘Tis the Holy Bible, Sir.”
“No matter, ‘tis Print, - print causes civil unrest, - civil unrest in any ship at sea is intolerable. Coffee as well. Where are newspapers found? in those damnable Whig Coffee-Houses. Eh? A potion stimulating rebellion and immoderate desires.”
-Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
3:01 pm • 29 March 2013 • 5 notes
"Are you preoccupied?"
“Who me, baby?”
“You look so serious, even when you smile.”
“All facade, all role. Little forehead wrinkle makes for intensity, you know.”
-Richard Fariña, Been Down So Long It Looks Up To Me
3:01 pm • 28 March 2013 • 1 note
“What is humanity."
“You ask the obvious, ha, ha. Humanity is something to destroy.”
— Thomas Pynchon’s V. (via steelwoolgoldenfleece)
3:01 pm • 27 March 2013 • 11 notes
“There may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.”
— Jean-Paul Sartre (via pigmenting)
3:02 pm • 26 March 2013 • 4,555 notes
"He wants not so much to live as never to die.
He seems to me the saddest person on the planet.
I empathize with him completely.”
-David Shields, How Literature Saved My Life
3:01 pm • 25 March 2013
""I get the idea perfectly, Mickey," said Archimboldi, thinking all the while that his man was not only irritating but ridiculous, with the particular ridiculousness of self-dramatizers and poor fools convinced that they’ve been present at a decisive moment in history, when it’s common knowledge, thought Archimboldi, that history, which is a simple whore, has no decisive moments but is a proliferation of instants, brief interludes that vie with one another in monstrousness."
-Roberto Bolaño, 2666
3:01 pm • 24 March 2013 • 1 note
“Why my wife owned a shotgun, I had no idea. Or ski masks. Neither of us had ever skied. But she didn’t explain and I didn’t ask. Married life is weird, I felt.”
— Haruki Murakami - The Second Bakery Attack (via liamkclark)
9:01 pm • 23 March 2013 • 2 notes