- Seanan McGuire:
"If what I say doesn’t help you, ask someone else, until you find the person whose reply tells you how to kick the damn door down."
"It's 2018. There's a realistic chance of pretty much anything happening if it's ridiculous enough."
"I feel a constant low level of stress every day, just by virtue of existing in my environment,"
- Fancy Feast:
"When she was on a bad date, she would go to the bathroom, hit her nose until she got a nosebleed, and excuse herself, because it was easier to punch herself in the face than suffer the consequences of rejecting a man."
"Get your freak on, screw the powers that would deny you."
- Lee Bradford:
"Lee? Why does all this weird shit only seem to happen to you?
Well, disembodied voice from nowhere-statistically, it has to happen somewhere."
- David Neal:
“Nobody told us that our ‘15 Minutes of Fame’ would include shaming, insults, threats, etc. And that we might not have even asked for it.”
- Debbie Harry (???)
“Chaos is a great factor in making art happen."
- Jason Cochran:
"So don’t be impatient about your own life. It takes a lifetime, sometimes, to reach your destiny."
- Jason Cochran:
"Dreams do come true, and sometimes wilder than anyone could have imagined them, but sometimes they have to lay dormant—or get left behind, or rot, or even be given to someone else—for a long time before they can."
- Jason Cochran:
"The lesson, of course, is to always be patient. Things will change. Laughingstocks can become icons. Even when things look bleak, or when you can’t envision the path forward, or when your idea appears to be so detested that all hope is gone, you can eventually come through and create something enduring to be proud of. Liberty can take its sweet time.'
- David Wong:
"As a result, if you are a public person in 2018, you will at some point be used as a punching bag by a bunch of strangers. That's the purpose you'll serve in their life, a thing they can hate without risk, and then forget about. It's part of the tradeoff of being a public person, and oh by the way, in the social media era, everyone is a public person."
"here's the thing about adulthood: you will go for like three months with nothing happening and you’re bored as hell and then in the span of two weeks eight different things happen at once - some fantastic and some shitty and some just plain bonkers - and you’re just running around like a chicken with your head cut off and no clue what the fuck is going on"
- Seanan McGuire:
“I went to the Raptor Center and my friend was injured” isn’t funny. “And then Brooke took a FALCON to the FACE” is funny. It’s all a matter of word choice."
- Alison Green:
"Humans are weird! So weird, in so many different ways. Often that weirdness is hidden and comes out in ways that shock and disappoint you, after the person lulled you into thinking you knew what to expect from them. So it’s lovely when someone wears their weirdness like a peacock’s plumes, right there for all to see from the get-go."
- Cecil, Welcome to Night Vale:
"The problem wasn’t solved, but most problems don’t get solved. I mean, generally we just do our best to mitigate the problem, and if it can’t be mitigated, then it can be relegated to a background noise by pleasant distractions and a prioritization of interests."
- "It does seem sometimes like life toggles between boring and flat-out mystifying."-Carolyn Hax
- Sarah Silverman:
"Nothing’s more attractive than an unending monologue about your shortcomings."
- Carolyn Hax:
"Sometimes surrendering to the awful is more useful than fighting it."
- Graham Joyce:
"why can’t our job here on earth be simply to inspire each other?"
- Dan Harmon:
"I believe in magic. I believe in mythology. I believe in shamanism. I believe that spells can be cast and I believe that random things coalesce and reveal themselves to be part of a plan we don’t control, you know."
- Nora Ephron:
"Never turn down a front-row seat for human folly."
"The ultimate downfall of modern civilization won't be war; it'll be Twitter and Facebook."
- Jenny Zhang:
"A lot of writers swear by routine, but I swear by chaos. There’s enough fucking routine in my life. Every day I have to brush my teeth. Every day I have to smile at strangers. Every day I have to worry about money. Every day I want something I can’t have. Every day I find some way to go on! I know that writing every day for an hour would help me tremendously with writer’s block, but I also know that I need an element of wildness in my writing. I need to know that writing is something I do because it sets me free. It makes me feel golden with confidence. It gives me the gift of gab. I feel like a god. I feel like an entertainer. So write when you damn well please."
- Joe Queenan:
"If you have read 6,000 books in your lifetime, or even 600, it's probably because at some level you find "reality" a bit of a disappointment. People in the 19th century fell in love with "Ivanhoe" and "The Count of Monte Cristo" because they loathed the age they were living through. Women in our own era read "Pride and Prejudice" and "Jane Eyre" and even "The Bridges of Madison County"—a dimwit, hayseed reworking of "Madame Bovary"—because they imagine how much happier they would be if their husbands did not spend quite so much time with their drunken, illiterate golf buddies down at Myrtle Beach. A blind bigamist nobleman with a ruined castle and an insane, incinerated first wife beats those losers any day of the week. Blind, two-timing noblemen never wear belted shorts."
"Nobody of any age should have to fend off sexual partners. That such defense is assumed as a part of the cost of adult courtship is suggestive of some more fundamental problem than age difference and its effect on consensuality."
- Keith Richards:
"I had to invent the job, you know," he said, earlier. "There wasn't a sign in the shop window, saying, "Wanted: Keith Richards."
- Caitlin Moran:
"As I started to reassess my writing style, I thought about what I liked doing--what gave me satisfaction--and realized the primary one was just... pointing at things. Pointing out things I liked, and showing them to other people--like a mum shouting, "Look! Moo-cows!" as a train rushes past a farm. I liked pointing at things, and I liked being reasonable and polite about stuff. Or silly. Silly was very, very good. No one ever got hurt by silly.
Best of all was being pointedly silly about serious things: politics, repression, bigotry. Too many commentators are quick to accuse their enemies of being evil. It's far, far more effective to point out that they're acting like idiots, instead. I was up for idiot-revealing.
"I am just going to be polite and silly, and point at cool things," I decided. "When I started writing, I would have killed to have one thing to write about. Now, I have three. Politeness and silliness, and pointing. That's enough."
- Carolyn Hax:
"Unless 15 years’ worth of mail has misled me, no one has ever found love through complaining about the lack of it, and no lonely person has ever felt better for hearing, “You just haven’t found the right person yet.”
- David Simon:
"Change is a motherfucker when you run from it."
- Joe Queenan:
"People who read an enormous number of books are basically dissatisfied with the way things are going on this planet. And I think, in a way, people read for the same reason that kids play video games ... they like that world better. It works better, it's more exciting, and it usually has a more satisfactory ending."
- Dan Savage:
"There isn't someone for everyone. Some of us do wind up alone, and that just fucking sucks and sometimes that stings, and you don't know if you're one of those people who's going to wind up alone until you die alone....So you kind of have to live in hope and build a life for yourself that's rewarding and fun, has friends and pleasure in it, whether you're alone or not."
- the painkiller:
"I will not be tagged, pinned, circled, liked, tweeted, retweeted or numbered."
- Steve Jobs:
"Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.
Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
"Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do."
- Miss Manners:
"Please do not -- repeat, not -- make a hostile approach to knitters. Have you not noticed that they are armed with long, pointy sticks?"
- Stephen Tobolowsky:
"And of course, nothing is what I figured on in my life. That seems to be a recurring theme."
- James Bulls:
"When you find yourself walking a true path, you will know it because you will want to walk it no matter the burning Sun, freezing sleet, torrential rain, and treacherous ground. The risks become no less and the journey as always exhausts you, but your desire to brave the challenges never diminishes."
"May the bridges I burn light the way"
- Amy Argetsinger:
"Twitter is a disease, plain and simple. It makes people insane. A decade from now I expect the CDC and FDA will be issuing warnings."
- John Scalzi: The Consuming Fire
Reviewed October 22. (****)
- Kevin Kwan: Crazy Rich Asians
Reviewed October 21. (***)
- James Comey: A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
Reviewed October 18. (****)
- Christina Lauren: Dating You Hating You
Reviewed October 17. (****)
- Catherynne M. Valente: Space Opera
Reviewed October15. (***)
- Rob Lowe: Love Life
Reviewed October 10. (****)
- Christina Lauren: Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating
Reviewed October 9. (***)
- Joel ben Izzy: The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness: A True Story
Reviewed October 7. (****)
- Adriana Trigiani: Home to Big Stone Gap
Reviewed October 6. (****)
- Adriana Trigiani: Milk Glass Moon
Reviewed October 4. (****)
- Marlee Matliln with Betsy Sharkey: I'll Scream Later
Reviewed October 3. (****)
- Adriana Trigiani: Big Cherry Holler
Reviewed September 30. (****)
- Soman Chainani.: The School for Good and Evil
Reviewed September 25. (***)
- Dan Pfeiffer: Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump
Reviewed September 24. (****)
- Matt Haig: How To Stop Time
Reviewed September 21. (***)
- Alison Green: Ask a Manager: How to Navigate Clueless Colleagues, Lunch-Stealing Bosses, and the Rest of Your Life at Work
Reviewed September 20. (***)
- Mary Robinette Kowal: The Fated Sky
Reviewed September 19. (****)
- Sarah Kuhn: Heroine's Journey
Reviewed September 18. (****)
- Jeffery Deaver: The Broken Window
Reviewed September 15. (****)
- Mary Robinette Kowal: The Calculating Stars
Reviewed September 16. (****)
- Stephanie Tromly: Trouble Never Sleeps
Reviewed September 8. (****)
- Seanan McGuire: Night and Silence
Reviewed September 7. (****)
- Pat Cunnane: West Winging It: An Un-Presidential Memoir
Reviewed September 4. (****)
- Meghan MacLean Weir: The Book of Essie
Reviewed September 4. (****)
- Ilona Andrews: Magic Triumphs
Reviewed September 2. (****)
- Martha Wells: Rogue Protocol
Reviewed September 1. (****)
- Martha Wells: Artificial Condition
Reviewed August 31. (****)
- Martha Wells: All Systems Red
Reviewed August 30. (****)
- Gwenda Bond: Lois Lane: Triple Threat
Reviewed August 29. (***)
- Jeremy Rosen: William Howard Taft
Reviewed August 26. (***)
- Sarah Kuhn: Heroine Worship
Reviewed August 26. (****)
- Scott Kelly with Margaret Lazarus Dean.: Endurance: A Year In Space. A Lifetime of Discovery.
Reviewed August 23. (****)
- Lauren Gibaldi: This Tiny Perfect World
Reviewed August 19. (***)
- Sarah Kuhn: Heroine Complex
Reviewed 8/11/18. (***)
- Gail Carriger: Competence
Reviewed August 6. (****)
- E.M. Tippetts: Sleepless Beauty
Reviewed July 25. (***)
- Rachel Schurig: The Ransome Brothers
Reviewed July 17. (***)
- Caroline Adams Miller.: Getting Grit: The Evidence-Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance, and Purpose
Reviewed July 14. (**)
- Mike Lewis: When to Jump: If the Job You Have Isn't the Life You Want
Reviewed July 13. (****)
- Bill Adler Jr.: Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels
Reviewed July 12. (****)