27 8 / 2014
"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder."
29 7 / 2014
"I used to underline sentences that struck me, that made me look up from the page… I noted them for their clarity, their rhythm, their beauty and their enchantment. For surely it is a magical thing for a handful of words, artfully arranged, to stop time. To conjure a place, a person, a situation, in all its specificity and dimensions. To affect us and alter us, as profoundly as real people and things do… The best sentences orient us, like stars in the sky, like landmarks on a trail."
27 7 / 2014
"The best way to get kids to read a book is to say: ‘This book is not appropriate for your age, and it has all sorts of horrible things in it like sex and death and some really big and complicated ideas, and you’re better off not touching it until you’re all grown up. I’m going to put it on this shelf and leave the room for a while. Don’t open it."