Genius is as genius does.
You know how I got addicted to cocaine? I tried it. The problem with drugs is that they work. Right up until the moment they decimate your life. Try cocaine and you’ll become addicted to it. Become addicted to cocaine and you will either be dead or you will wish you were dead, but it will only be one or the other. – Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter, actor, producer)
Don’t ever forget that you’re a citizen of this world. And there are things you can do to lift the human spirit—things that are easy; things that are free; things that you can do everyday. Civility. Respect. Kindness. Character. You’re too good for Schadenfreude. You’re too good for gossip & snark. Youre too good for intolerance. And since you’re walking into the middle of a presidential election that’s worth mentioning, that you’re too good to think people who disagree with you are your enemy. – Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter, actor, producer)
You’re going to fall down but the world doesn’t care how many times you fall down as long as it’s one fewer than the number of times you get back up. – Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter, actor, producer)
by Rosemarie Urquico
You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.
This made my day. :) Oh tears. *sniff*
“This is a story about how me and my brother stole our fathers 1969 Norton Commando, had it restored and then gave it back to him for Christmas. He had no idea.”
365 days. 365 items of clothing. 365 dollars.
365 clothes for the price of a single pair of Ralph Lauren vintage jeans? I dunno about you, but that sounds totally awesome for me.
Blogger Marisa Lynch is only a few weeks shy of reaching her goal of spending a dollar a day for an entire year to make new dresses. Her blog, aptly named New Dress A Day, is her cyber journal-slash-closet where she boasts her skills on transforming flea market/thrift store buys into something current and wearable.
Lynch’s “experiment” was featured on TIME.com and I became a fan even before I saw her blog. I started subscribing to her posts ‘cause, hello, who among you fine ladies don’t want to see what a gal could do to a sad-looking, one-dollar dress? Here are my faves so far:
By now, she has 301 custom-made tops, dresses and whatnot in her closet. Doesn’t that make you jealous? I know I am.